Crime Drama on BBC America – Copper, Ripper Street and The Spies of Warsaw (and a bit of Luther news)

BBC America has three new crime drama offerings coming soon that look interesting.

Copper – (BBC America) premiering August 19, 2012

A crime drama set in New York City in the 1860s centering around a former boxer who becomes a cop when he returns from the Civil War only to find that his wife is missing and his daughter is dead.  Scarred by his wartime experiences he must search for the truth about what happened to his family while fighting rampant corruption and violence.

Ripper Street (BBC America co-production) Dramaville Fall 2012

An eight part crime drama set in 1889 Whitechapel in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders.  Great cast, producers, etc.  I have high hopes.

The Spies of Warsaw (BBC America co-production) Dramaville Fall 2012 (?)

A four part mini-series based on Alan Furst’s novel of the same name.  This series, starring Doctor Who’s David Tennant, is a spy story set in the time just before WWII.  The cast is fantastic and it looks like the production is going to be of a very high quality.

Luther Note:  I love this show.  I know that many people feel that it’s over the top but I am more than willing to suspend a bit of rationality to watch Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley and Warren Brown in action.  A third series has been commissioned but no word yet, so far as I know, on when it’s due to air.  I do know that it’s going to be the last series.  There has been some talk of a film being made but…

Unfortunately Ruth Wilson, who plays the wonderfully deranged Alice Morgan, is not listed among the principle cast for series three.  My feelings about the character of Alice Morgan remind me of a previous post about the character of Erica Burgoyne in Josephine Tey’s A Shilling for Candles – I know that there’s no possible, logical way that Alice could be a main character (she’s an escaped mentally ill killer on the run after all) but I don’t care.  More Ruth Wilson!  (Speaking of—if you do want to see more of her work I think that the Masterpiece version of Jane Eyre with Wilson as Jane is by far the best.)

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