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May 23, 2013 11:09 AM
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BBC America Sets Its Summer Schedule, With Idris Elba's 'Luther' Returning in September

Idris Elba in 'Luther' BBC America
Fans of "Luther," the Neil Cross-created crime drama centered around a magnetic turn from Idris Elba as the obsessive police officer of the title, will have to wait until September to see new episodes of the series (and to find out whether Ruth Wilson's flirty  psychopath Alice Morgan will return). BBC America announced its summer schedule today, and "Luther" is slated for what's really the fall. In the meantime, there's the second season of the network's wholly owned original "Copper," which recently added William Baldwin and Lindy Booth as guest stars to a list already consisting of Eamonn Walker, Lee Tergesen, Andrew Howard and Alfre Woodard. The UK drama "Broadchurch" will pair Olivia Colman ("Tyrannosaur") and "Doctor Who" alum David Tennant. Also of interest -- "In the Flesh," an interesting reworking of the whole zombie theme.

Fall will find BBC America airing "Burton and Taylor," with Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter as the acting legends, the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary special "Adventures in Space and Time," "The Musketeers," "The Man Who Would Be Bond," "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" and the second season of "Ripper Street."

IN THE FLESH – US PREMIERE
BBC AMERICA’s In The Flesh, a new zombie mini-series event, will premiere this summer over three-straight nights beginning June 6. It follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies – now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers – are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran arrives, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state. In The Flesh is created and written by Dominic Mitchell and executive produced by Hilary Martin. In The Flesh premieres June 6-8, 10:00pm ET/PT.

COPPER – WORLD PREMIERE
COPPER, BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated original drama, returns for a second season this June. An American saga set in 1865 New York City, picks-up on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination – with shifts in politics and society altering the landscape for Irish immigrants and African-Americans. At the center, Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5) struggles to tame the wartime metropolis while wrestling with personal demons, including the betrayal of his wife and best friend. And when Tammany Hall’s outspoken General Brendan Donovan (Donal Logue, Vikings, Sons of Anarchy), returns from the Civil War to restore law and order in the Sixth Ward, loyalties will be bought and sold both Uptown and in the slums of the Five Points as Corcoran, and those around him, fight to find their places in an unforgiving city. Guest stars include Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias, Twelve Years a Slave, True Blood), William Baldwin (Gossip Girl, Hawaii Five-O), Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire, Oz), Lee Tergesen (The Big C, Oz) and Andrew Howard (Hatfield & McCoys, The Hangover). The series is created by three-time Emmy® Award-winner Tom Fontana and Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos, and executive produced by Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Fontana, Rokos, Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne and Thomas Kelly. COPPER returns Sunday, June 23, 10:00pm ET/PT.

BEING HUMAN – US PREMIERE
BBC AMERICA’s original hit series, Being Human, returns for its final season. Ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) is adjusting to life after death with werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony). Matters become more complicated with the return of Mr. Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the human world from otherworldly beings. But they don’t realize they face a bigger threat than Rook and the Men in Grey, when they stumble across the decrepit and repulsive Captain Hatch (Phil Davis). Unknown to our trio, his decrepit exterior hides an ancient evil that threatens not only their friendship, but the entire world. The series is created and written by Toby Whithouse and executive produced by Whithouse, Rob Pursey, Philip Trethowan, and George Ormond. Being Human returns Saturday, July 13, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Supernatural Saturday.

BROADCHURCH – US PREMIERE
BBC AMERICA’s Broadchurch, which earned critical acclaim, record ratings and became a Twitter phenomenon in the UK, centers on the investigation into the murder of a young boy in a British seaside town. Leading the investigation are two detectives – the strong yet compassionate local Detective Sergeant, Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), and the by-the-book Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (David Tennant), Ellie’s newly appointed boss. By circumstance they are partnered to solve the murder, keeping the newspapers from derailing the investigation and trying to prevent the crime from impacting tourism at the beach where the boy was murdered. The cast also includes Jodie Whittaker as Beth, Andrew Buchan as Mark, Will Mellor playing Stephen Turner and sees Arthur Darvill as the town priest Paul Coates. The series is created and written by Chris Chibnall and executive produced by Chibnall and Jane Featherstone. Broadchurch premieres Wednesday, August 7, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Dramaville.

LUTHER – US PREMIERE
BBC AMERICA’s acclaimed mini-series Luther returns as a four-night television event in September. Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Thor) returns in the title role which won him a 2012 Golden Globe® for “Best Actor.” John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons, is back under intense pressure – with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down. Luther’s life is his job; that is until love crosses his path and offers him a chance of happiness. Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil, Love Actually) joins the cast as Mary, a woman who works in a vintage clothing shop and meets Luther in a chance encounter. The series is created by Neil Cross and executive produced by Phillippa Giles. Luther returns September 3-6, 10:00pm ET/PT as part of Dramaville.

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6 Comments

  • judy | December 30, 2013 6:30 PMReply

    I would love to see "New Tricks" on BBC America .. more Sluthing .... Less undead .... JKN

  • john bythrow | November 16, 2013 2:02 PMReply

    Did I miss the new 4 episode season of Luther, or are your schedule references to Sept. 2014?
    If I missed them can you give me the episode titles, so I can find them on the ON DEMAND site?
    Thanks,
    JB

  • Jana Pendeagon | July 1, 2013 6:54 AMReply

    What has happened to :Inspector George Gently? All of a sudden last evening, Sunday, June 30, 2014, it was not on. Both Gently and partner were left wounded and bleeding in a church. When will this outstanding series return and what day and time? I am deeply distressed without my weekly Gently fix!

  • sheryl | June 1, 2013 8:39 PMReply

    with so many great shows on BBC why do we have to watch the same shows ALL DAY Every day. Dr. Who, Gordon Ramsey that car show. Just a sprinkling of really good shows like Orphan Black, Copper and the Hour. I am glad to see broadchurch coming soon. Would love to see the Mary Portas shows. Give me MORE BBC!

  • Phyllis Bergst | May 23, 2013 6:45 PMReply

    Love Being Human and so sorry this is the final year. I've purchased every DVD set so far and will buy this one also.

  • Lady J | May 23, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    Love Luther!!!!