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by Alison Willmore
October 19, 2012 1:54 PM
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BBC America Renews Period Cop Drama 'Copper' For a Second Season

Franka Potente and Tom Weston-Jones in 'Copper' BBC America

Ahead of its first season finale this Sunday, October 21st, BBC America has renewed its 1860s New York cop drama "Copper" for a second round.

"Copper" is the first original series for the US-based channel, which has previously relied on either co-productions or licensed programs from the UK, and has been, according to the network, its highest-rated drama ever. The show, which stars Tom Weston-Jones and Kevin Ryan as a pair of Irish-American policemen working in lower Manhattan in the period just after the Civil War, is a little heavy on the grit, grime and prostitution, but also features an undeniably interesting take on a historical era and has a fine cast, including Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh and Franka Potente.

Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide America's General Manager of channels, said "BBC America's first original scripted series, 'Copper,' has proven to be a perfect fit for the channel. Our viewers have made it our highest-rated series premiere ever and highest-rated drama series ever. Production led by Tom Fontana, Will Rokos, Barry Levinson and Christina Wayne, along with the cast from both sides of the pond, truly captured the boiling pot that was New York City in 1864. We can't wait to get started on the second season."

Check out a trailer for the upcoming season finale below:


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