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BBC Home Entertainment invites you to rejoin New York’s Finest in the final 13 episodes of BBC America’s Civil War-era drama series Copper, which hits on both Blu-ray and DVD.
Set in New York City on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination, Detective Kevin Corcoran (portrayed by Tom Weston-Jones) 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) 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. Copper: Season Two is from the brilliant minds of Emmy-winner Tom Fontana, Oscar-winner Barry Levinson, Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos and executive producers Christina Wayne and Thomas Kelly.
At the end of last season, Corcoran left his best friend and partner, Detective Francis Maguire (Kevin Ryan), for dead after learning of his affair with his wife; his former war comrade and wealthy industrialist, Robert Morehouse (Kyle Schmid), thwarted the plot by Confederate spies to burn the city; and Corcoran’s secret weapon in forensics, Doctor Matthew Freeman (Ato Essandoh), was preparing to start a family with his wife Sara (Tessa Thompson) leaving behind the demons of her brothers’ lynching during the slum’s draft riots.
“This season we wanted to raise the stakes and dive into the 1860s political machine by bringing in a Boss Tweed like character to shake things up,” says Fontana. “With the addition of General Brendan Donovan, we reveal a highly volatile faction of old New York City, Tammany Hall, and sink our characters into storylines including, counterfeiting, illegal Union Army recruitment, the 13th amendment and its ramifications for “freed” slaves, public health hazards and more. By making the universe a little fuller, it gave us a chance to breathe new life into the history of this great city.”
With Donovan’s presence, Corcoran sees a chance to make a difference in his ward. Now that Corcoran’s wife Ellen (Alex Paxton-Beesley) has returned, his affair with Madame Eva Heissen (Franka Potente) is over and he’s fighting to return to a sense of normalcy. However, his loyalty to the badge and his love/hate relationship with The Points often puts him back in familiar territory – away from home.
Also appearing this season include multiple award-winning actress, Alfre Woodard as Hattie Lemaster, a former slave recently arrived to Five Points to start anew with her daughter Sara Freeman; William “Billy” Baldwin as William “Wild Bill” Eustace, a tough and charming Tammany Hall fixer with a genius for political machination; Eamonn Walker as legendary abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass; Lee Tergesen as Philomen Keating, a wickedly intelligent criminal mastermind whose tendency for dramatic flair is offset by a penchant for brutality and Andrew Howard as James O'Rourke, the physically intimidating yet shrewdly observant manager of a budding criminal organization.
Bonus Features Include:
Three Set Tours
Three “Insider” Featurettes
Two Character Video Profiles