'Copper', 'Doctor Who' Specials to Premiere in August on BBC America

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July 24th, 2012

via press note:




COPPER, BBC AMERICA’s first original scripted series is created and executive produced by Emmy®-winner Tom Fontana, Academy Award®-nominee Will Rokos and executive produced by Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson and executive in charge of Mad Men, Christina Wayne. The 10-part drama, set at the intersection of three worlds in 1864 New York City – elegant Fifth Avenue, the notorious Five Points and an emerging African-American community in rural northern Manhattan, centers on Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones, MI-5), a rugged and intense Irish immigrant cop struggling to maintain his moral compass as he polices the city’s notorious Five Points, while on a quest to find his daughter’s killer and his missing wife. The COPPER world premiere is Sunday, August 19, 10:00pm ET/PT.

Twitter: @CopperTV #CopperTV



COPPER: Behind the Badge is an insider’s look at the making of BBC AMERICA’s COPPER. Viewers go behind the scenes of the gripping crime drama as the cast and crew recreate one of the most storied times in American history – 1864 New York City. From elaborate costumes to cinematic sets, COPPER’s creative team brings to life a bygone world of poverty and power. The special features interviews with the award-winning team behind the series – Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Will Rokos and Christina Wayne, as well as interviews with cast members Tom Weston-Jones, Franka Potente, Anastasia Griffith, Kyle Schmid and Tessa Thompson. COPPER: Behind the Badge airs throughout the month of August.

Twitter: @CopperTV #CopperTV



Host Chris Hardwick - comedian, writer, Doctor Who fan and creator of the hit Nerdistpodcast

– joins special guests in a comedic roundtable discussion of all the things that nerds love – from pop culture to news, tech trends and more. In The Nerdist: Tribute to Science, a panel of today's brightest minds discuss some of science's greatest innovators and biggest stories. The Nerdist: Tribute to Science premieres Saturday, August 4, 10:00pm ET. In The Nerdist: Tribute to Nerd Girls, the panel celebrates the women who boldly go where only dudes have gone before. Whether they're pioneering new technology or kicking virtual butt, geek girls are dominating nerd culture. Premieres Saturday, August 11, 10:00pm ET. Finally, the panel discusses the possibility of time travel in The Nerdist: Tribute to Time Travel featuring COPPER’s Tom Weston-Jones, premiering Saturday August 18, 10:00pm ET.

Twitter: #TheNerdist


BBC AMERICA presents four new original Doctor Who specials in August. The Science of Doctor Who explores the real life science behind the biggest concepts and most iconic ideas in Doctor Who. The Science of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, August 4, 11:00 pm ET. Behind every great Time Lord there's a great woman. Whether they're busting Daleks or the Doctor's ego, the women of Doctor Who prove that you don't need testosterone to save the universe. The Women of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, August 11, 9:00pm ET. When the Doctor's around, tomorrow is yesterday, yesterday is tomorrow and 18th century France is in your fireplace. Confused yet? Watch The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who. You've already seen it in the future. The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, August 18, 11:00pm ET. Leave the beach towel at home and take a trip to the end of the Earth – literally. From the Starship UK to one very haunted hotel, you won't find the destinations of Doctor Who in any guidebook. The Destinations of Doctor Who premieres Saturday, August 25, 9:00pm ET.

Twitter: #DoctorWho



Other series that will continue to premiere new episodes during August include:

Mondays: Top Gear

Tuesdays: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Season 2


  • Chris L

    Can we now assume/presume the new season of Doctor Who starts September 1?

  • Vince

    I thought I read somewhere it started in October, but this certainly seems to indicate differently. Why run 4 specials and then wait 2 months to start the new season?

  • Ike

    Uh oh, this is not good. The new season of Doctor Who is almost certain to premiere on August 25 on BBC1 in the UK, based on what we’ve heard so far. BBC America should be continuing to run the show day-and-date with BBC1, but this press release suggests it won’t, because they’ve got another of these useless specials lined up in the usual 9 p.m. slot on August 25. If they are stopping day-and-date, and delaying it, then they will lose an increasingly large portion of the audience to illicit downloading, etc. They may think it’s not a significant portion of the audience yet, but that portion will grow. Bad idea, BBC America, bad idea.

  • Jerry

    @Ike Yeah, I’m wondering the same thing. BBC hasn’t officially said it’s premiering in the UK on August 25th but that seems to be the going rumor. I can survive if BBC America airs it a day later on Sundays for whatever reason, but if it’s a week (or longer) between the initial airing I may have to acquire it via other means, just like I had to do with Sherlock!

  • UKTVFan

    Doctor Who starting on August 25 on BBC One in the UK seems like the most logical date, especially if BBC One are still planning on airing Merlin S5 right after and having it end before Christmas. With Doctor Who for 5 weeks starting August 25, Merlin would start on September 29 and end right before Christmas on December 22, which is what happened last year.

    Not to complicate things further, but if BBCA doesn’t air Doctor Who on August 25, then I wonder if September 1 is also out, since that is Labor Day weekend, which means Doctor Who might not start until September 8, by which time many fans will have already “found” the episodes online.

    None of this really matters for me since Fios still doesn’t have BBCA HD, and the SD channel looks horrible on my LED TV, so I “find” all my favorite UK shows online in HD anyway (and download them to a flash drive and watch on my LED TV using the very convenient USB port!)

  • coolioni

    It would be a travesty if Dr.Who did not run the same day as it does in the U.K.
    It will definatly hurt the ratings in the USA !
    I thought BBC was trying to raise the ratings in the US ???
    Last year they ran the episodes the same day in both countries.

    why would they go back to not airing the the same day ?

  • Craig_Thomas

    What were the ratings like for Dr Who last year? I know Saturday is a bad night for scripted shows in the US, but it’s an excellent night in the UK. Maybe airing it on a Saturday in the US didn’t meet they expectations.

  • Nick

    Looking forward to Copper.

    WTH? No one told me they continued Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution on this channel. Damn.

  • UKTVFan

    Nick, BBCA is not airing new episodes of Food Revolution, despite their claim in the press release. These are repeats of the two seasons that aired on ABC in 2010 and 2011.

    BBCA unfortunately has the mindset that anything airing on the channel for the first time is “new,” so things like Food Revolution and the first two seasons of Merlin (which aired on NBC and Syfy originally) get marked as “new” in their press releases and on the schedules on their website (and I think even in onscreen guides, which makes things even more confusing).

  • Steve

    Unfortunately 20 million households can’t get Doctor Who in High Def, since DirecTV doesn’t carry BBCA in HD. I had to switch from Dish in order to get AMC. Seeing how bad BBCA looks on DirecTV, means there’s no way I’ll bother watching until the blu-rays come out.

    It amazes me that there hasn’t been enough of an outcry from people to force DirecTV to do a deal for BBCA-HD.

  • Jon

    I think the special on the 25th August could get moved to either 8pm or 11pm after a new Doctor Who but I wouldn’t surprised if Doctor Who has been moved to Sundays at 9pm as a lead in for Copper although I personally would have moved Dramaville or Law and Order UK to Sundays and kept Who on Saturdays/

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