Copper TV seriesNetwork: BBC America
Episodes: 23 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: August 19, 2012 — September 22, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Ato Essandoh, Tessa Thompson, Kevin Ryan, Tanya Fischer, Dylan Taylor, Ron White, David Keeley, Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, and Kiara Glasco.

TV show description:      
This crime drama TV series is set in 1864 in New York City and is filled with intrigue, corruption, mystery and murder.

Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) is an Irish-American former boxer who became a police detective. He returns from the Civil War to find that his wife is missing and his daughter is dead. Corcoran struggles to walk a straight line in New York City’s notoriously crooked Five Points neighborhood. Desperate to learn the truth about what happened to his family, he dedicates himself to seeking justice for the powerless and overlooked. He also finds himself thrust into the contrasting worlds of elegant and corrupt Fifth Avenue, and the emerging African-American community in Northern Manhattan.

Corcoran shares a secret from the battlefield with Robert Morehouse and Doctor Matthew Freeman that inextricably links their lives together. As he did in the Union Army, Corcoran proves intelligent, valiant and tenacious — stopping at nothing to bring those responsible to justice.

A handsome bon vivant and part of the Manhattan aristocracy, Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid) and Corcoran were mustered out of the 71st Regiment together. Though raised in a life of privilege, Morehouse was changed by the war and now sees the lower class as his equals — much to his father’s dismay. Spending more time drinking and cavorting with prostitutes than making a name for himself in the business world, Morehouse consistently falls short of his dad’s expectations.

An African-American physician, Doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh) was Morehouse’s valet during the Civil War. When called upon, Freeman now assists Corcoran in murder investigations though receives no credit for his contribution. Freeman practices modern scientific methods of deduction, but precinct superiors believe this to be Corcoran’s work and he doesn’t tell them otherwise.

Freeman is devoted to his wife Sara (Tessa Thompson) whose two brothers were lynched during the Draft Riots. She’s left emotionally scarred, refuses to leave her house, and convinces her husband to leave Five Points in hopes of finding security in the African-American community of Carmansville in Northern Manhattan.

Detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan) is Corcoran’s closest friend and his partner in the Sixth Precinct. Maguire assists Corcoran in his search for his missing wife, as well as in navigating the underground criminal world of Five Points. Though he cares deeply for those closest to him, Maguire possesses a quick temper and occasionally loses control. Enamored with Molly Stuart (Tanya Fischer), Maguire harbors a desire to settle down and marry the ambitious courtesan.

Flirtatious and beautiful, Molly works at at Eva’s Paradise and entertains several gentlemen from both Uptown and Five Points. Her big heart and free-spirited nature can embroil her in others’ affairs and, despite her taboo career choice, Molly possesses a deep sense of right and wrong.

Detective Andrew O’Brien (Dylan Taylor) is a colleague and companion to Corcoran and Maguire. Often teased about his acquiescence to his overbearing wife, he is fiercely loyal to his family and friends.

Captain of the Sixth Precinct, Ciaran Joseph Sullivan (Ron White) is more concerned about his reputation in the public eye than seeking justice for victims. Sullivan questions how the kingpins of New York society will be affected by the results of the tenacious Corcoran’s investigations.

Sergeant Padraic Byrnes (David Keeley) is a corrupt cop within the ranks of the Sixth Precinct and takes delight in thwarting Corcoran. He plays both sides of the law by manipulating Captain Sullivan as well as victims and criminals.

With a saloon and brothel located in the center of Five Points, Eva Heissen (Franka Potente), the Madame of Eva’s Paradise, is a shrewd businesswoman. A long list of patrons — including many coppers from the Sixth Precinct — help Eva maintain control over her employees with stern precision. Despite her tough-as-nails exterior, she shows her gentler side when she is with Corcoran — who finds comfort in Eva’s arms while his heart yearns for his missing wife.

Sophisticated, spirited and intoxicatingly beautiful, Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith) is more than a mindless debutante. Far more business-savvy and politically astute than the other society ladies of Fifth Avenue, Elizabeth seeks to use her wealth and influence to improve the lives of others -– despite how it’s perceived by the rest of New York’s upper class. Though she meets Corcoran under horrific circumstances, Elizabeth enjoys his companionship and protection.

A young runaway who is growing up quickly, Annie Reilly (Kiara Glasco) is forced into prostitution to survive. After a memorable encounter with Corcoran, she becomes deeply attached as he endeavors to protect her from danger. Whip-smart with a predilection for mischief, Annie reminds Corcoran of his own daughter, and he goes out of his way to try to introduce her to a better life.

Series Finale:     
Episode #23 — “The Place I Called My Home”
In the wake of the President’s death, Detective Kevin Corcoran reels like the rest of the country. As Corcoran mourns with Robert Morehouse and Doctor Matthew Freeman, the three men decide to join a national effort once more. For the three friends, the mission elicits memories from the battlefield, resurfaces faces from the past, and creates opportunity for Five Points chaos to continue unabated.
First aired: September 22, 2013


What do you think? Do you like the Copper TV series? Are you sorry that there won’t be a third season?

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  1. Anonymous says

    omg copper was such an excellent series.please bring it back.I loved the history background.the actors were absolutly fantastic. what a story line.

  2. Felicia says

    This is just such a shame. What a great show. Copper was original, exciting, shocking, and extremely entertaining. The acting was exceptional by every single cast member. What a loss!

  3. pamela sampson says

    What a great historical show, I cannot believe it’s being cancelled.
    Is there a possibility of another station picking it up?

  4. says

    I am stunned and extremely disappointed at BBC’s decision not to renew COPPER, when most television shows are mindless and “crap”, COPPER displayed an outstanding story line, compelling writing, incredible acting and real historical facts, it became a favorite series of mine. I would certainly rank COPPER up there with Game of Thrones, The Bridge (FX) and The Killing (AMC) as truly great television. I can only hope that BBC has a change of heart and brings back this GREAT SERIES or that it is developed and televised by another cable network. Hey HBO, AMC, STARZ, etc., are you listening.

    • Linda Hayes says

      I agree with Mr Franco,
      It has all the elements of a great show…Why give up on it so easily…This is BBCA first “own” series, your “Baby” you should give it some time to grow…Give it some promotion…All other great shows, i.e. GOT, The Bridge, any and all Cable shows are advertised like crazy…Most of the people I know said they had not heard of it…I agree with again with Mr Franco, HBO, AMC, and STARZ are you listening?

      • says

        Linda & All COPPER Fans:

        Let’s hope all of us COPPER fans will continue to ban together and raise enough “Hell” that we can get this GREAT SHOW renewed and back on the air!! I have also sent my comments to BBCAmerica in the hopes that they may see the error of their ways and renew COPPER for Season 3. BBC’s excuse that with the final episode concluding with the Lincoln assassination and with the Country in a healing mode that the series had reached its conclusion. No way, no how, lots of the sub-plots still need to be addressed, so again BBC bring back COPPER or shop it to another network that will recognize the GREAT product that they have and put it back on the air!!

        • regina says

          well, obviously that excuse is a lot of hooey! The whole Lincoln piece seemed to come in out of nowhere, while the other plot lines that were going on continued. Personally I didn’t care for the final season episode, it felt like they went off at a tangent, but maybe that was also becaused I was annoyed knowing that the show was being cancelled out of the blue.

        • Linda Hayes says

          Copper is made by BBCA, not BBC, it was there first attempt at a original series. I believe they gave up way to soon . I do not agree with your assessment of BBC programing, I guess they just never released something you cared for… That happens… :-)

  5. John Sohm says

    What a shame this series was cancelled. A different kind of cop show set during a very turbulent time with interesting story lines and characters. I hope they reconsider or another network picks it up.

  6. r1g0r says

    i’d EXPECT American syndicates to cancel a show that surpasses MOST other TV programming.

    i’d also expect a bit more… far-sighted decisions from BBC.

    Copper will lie in a shallow grave alongside such other great shows as Firefly, The Unusuals, and Dollhouse.

    in nomine patri et filii et spiritus sancti

  7. says

    I am so disappointed. First I missed the season finale and now I find out the show I cancelled. There are to many unanswered questions. Well Frances find a lover who won’t die? Well O’Brian take over as precinct Captain? Is Corcoran really the father of Eva’s baby? Will Dr. Freeman be able to save Five points? And what really happened to Annie? I need answers! And Tom Westin-Jones is cute. Bring back Copper!

  8. Jude Fairbank says

    This was an excellent show and a change from other shows on all the networks. I am so sorry to see it cancelled. Please renew or another network take it over. If they were going to cancel, why didn’t they have a better ending. What a disappointment for the fans.

  9. Linda Hayes says

    I can’t seem to find out why, or what the ratings were…Does anyone know? BBCA does show some other good shows, but they are first shown on BBC then they come here…This was their first try at their own production….Maybe they didn’t feel like they accomplished their goal…In the meantime, they have really pissed off a lot of folks who may not consider what they experiment with in the future….
    I would also add, that maybe there should of been more promotion…I have seen this with other good shows as well…Recently CBS’s Golden Boy….for example…

  10. Tim Smith says

    BBC is historically known for lousy programming in England so it only makes sense that they cancel a quality show like Copper, really do you expect the English to know about great TV programming. Well now their is no reason to watch BBC America ever again.

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