Thursday, August 16, 2012

Copper | BBC America Will Bring Civil War NYC Alive in New Series

Copper | BBC America:

I'm currently watching the behind the scenes look at Copper, a series brought to us by the BBC about Civil War era New York City. I don't know why it struck me as so interesting for this series to be a BBC production. The US produces historical programming based on the history of the United Kingdom all the time, but I somehow feel it's all of our history and the Brits wouldn't have a care for NYC during the Civil War. Shows how much I know.

Some of the characters include Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), an Irish-American detective just back from the war, looking for his missing wife and the murderer of his daughter. Eva Heissen (Franke Potente), a German immigrant who runs a brothel and is in love with Corcoran. Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid, whom you might recognize as Aidan's progeny from last season's Being Human) as NY aristocracy who was changed by the war after serving with Corcoran and Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh), an African-American physician, and sees them as equals and friends. Rounding out the main characters is Elizabeth Haverford (Anastasia Griffith, most recently of Once Upon A Time) a well-to-do socialite who wants to use her wealth to help others.

All in all, it sounds like an impossible band of superheroes for the times. People who should have never come together, and yet they find their own ways to become influential in changing the course of history. Without individuals like these, New York could have fallen into depravity and debauchery without the opportunity to crawl out of the muck.

The craftsmanship that went into the building of the sets and costumes was outstanding. Production values of BBC programming are known to be top-notch, and Copper doesn't seem like it's going to do anything to dispel that expectation.

The worst news I can give to you is the schedule. Already piled high with quality programming, Copper premieres Sunday, August 19th at 10/9C. Will you be tuning in?

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