FOX takes BBC's Victorian crime drama to Latin America and beyond

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 07-08-2012

FOX International Channels is taking Cineflix Studios' first original scripted production to Australia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Africa and Latin America in an exclusive first window deal.

The 10-episode drama, entitled Copper, is slated to debut internationally this fall across FIC's networks after an August premiere on BBC America in the U.S. and on Shaw Media's Showcase in Canada.

Copper is a Victorian-era crime series set in 1860s New York City, centering on an Irish-immigrant cop named Kevin Corcoran, who works the city's notorious Five Points neighbourhood.

According to FIC, "Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter."

The plot follows his friendship with two Civil War compatriots the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist and an African American physician who secretly assists Corcoran with his work takes him to the contrasting worlds of elegant Fifth Avenue and northern Manhattan.

"The three men share a secret from their experience on the battlefield that inextricably links their lives forever," FIC added.

The series is created by Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Streets, St. Elsewhere) and Will Rokos (Monster's Ball, Southland). "Being BBC America's first scripted commission and Cineflix Studios' first scripted order, Copper was always going to be special; but having the fantastic talents of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson on board too gives Copper an extra layer of polish and sparkle," said Jason Simms, senior vice president of global acquisitions at FIC.

"We're delighted to be working with Cineflix on this compelling, gritty and ambitious new series, and equally thrilled to bring it to our audiences in a diverse array of markets."