Lovefilm picks up UK rights to air BBC America’s, ‘Copper’

Spooks star makes Copper debut on Lovefilm

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Amazon-owned Lovefilm is to premiere BBC America’s hit series, Copper to the UK on its streaming service.

The 10-part series created by three-time Emmy Award-winner Tom Fontana and Will Rokos, stars Tom Weston-Jones (Spooks), Kyle Schmid (Being Human, Smallville), and Anastasia Griffith (Once Upon a Time, Lipstick Jungle).

Set in 1860s New York City during the last gasps of the Civil War and follows tough but decent police detective Kevin Corcoran (Weston-Jones), a “copper” who returns from the war to discover that his daughter has been murdered and his wife is missing.

Against a backdrop of poverty, crime and depravity, Corcoran tries to piece together what happened to his family while solving high-profile cases for the City. His investigations take him from the notorious Five Points neighbourhood to elegant but corrupt Fifth Avenue high society, exploring bitter racial tension and social struggles on the way.

The executive producers are Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Fontana, Rokos and Cineflix Studios’ Christina Wayne

Lovefilm chief marketing officer Simon Morris said: “Following the success of Vikings it’s exciting to see the faith content creators have in our platform as a way to launch new shows in this country.” 

Cineflix chief executive officer of rights Chris Bonney added: “As we look to increase our broadcast partners and revenue from the growing trend for online viewing, we’re delighted to partner with Lovefilm.”

The period drama began on BBC America on August 2012 and became the channel’s highest-rated series launch. A second series of Copper launched on BBC America earlier this summer.