Cor blimey, Guv'nor! Following in the wake of The CW, ABC and Fox, BBC America has announced its summer schedule. BBC America, as the name suggests, concentrates on importing the best of British television for the US audience. The BBC have announced the schedules for five shows, including crime drama Broadchurch (starring the excellent ) and the return of in Luther.
Check out the main arrivals, their synopses and premiere dates below:
IN THE FLESH – June 6-8, 10:00pm ET/PT
BBC AMERICA’s In The Flesh, a new zombie mini-series event, will premiere this summer over three-straight nights beginning June 6. It follows zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) and his reintegration back into both the local community and the heart of his family. After his suicide four years ago, his friends and family thought they’d never see Kieren again. But shortly after his funeral, thousands rose from the dead; and after months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies – now known as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers – are gradually being returned to their homes. When Kieran arrives, he is forced to confront his family, the community that rejected him and haunting flashbacks of what he did in his untreated state. In The Flesh is created and written by Dominic Mitchell and executive produced by Hilary Martin.
COPPER – June 23, 10:00pm ET/PT
COPPER, BBC AMERICA’s highest-rated original drama, returns for a second season this June. An American saga set in 1865 New York City, picks-up on the brink of Lincoln’s assassination – with shifts in politics and society altering the landscape for Irish immigrants and African-Americans. At the center, Detective Kevin Corcoran (, MI-5) 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 (, Vikings, Sons of Anarchy), 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. Guest stars include Alfre Woodard (Steel Magnolias, Twelve Years a Slave, True Blood), William Baldwin (Gossip Girl, Hawaii Five-O), Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire, Oz), Lee Tergesen (The Big C, Oz) and Andrew Howard (Hatfield & McCoys, The Hangover). The series is created by three-time Emmy Award-winner Tom Fontana and Academy Award-nominee Will Rokos, and executive produced by Academy Award-winner Barry Levinson, Fontana, Rokos, Cineflix Studios President Christina Wayne and Thomas Kelly.
BEING HUMAN – July 13, 10:00pm ET/PT
BBC AMERICA’s original hit series, Being Human, returns for its final season. Ghost Alex (Kate Bracken) is adjusting to life after death with werewolf Tom (Michael Socha) and vampire Hal (Damien Molony). Matters become more complicated with the return of Mr. Rook, the shady figure whose government department protects the human world from otherworldly beings. But they don’t realize they face a bigger threat than Rook and the Men in Grey, when they stumble across the decrepit and repulsive Captain Hatch (Phil Davis). Unknown to our trio, his decrepit exterior hides an ancient evil that threatens not only their friendship, but the entire world. The series is created and written by Toby Whithouse and executive produced by Whithouse, Rob Pursey, Philip Trethowan, and George Ormond.
BROADCHURCH – August 7, 10:00pm ET/PT
BBC AMERICA’s Broadchurch, which earned critical acclaim, record ratings and became a Twitter phenomenon in the UK, centers on the investigation into the murder of a young boy in a British seaside town. Leading the investigation are two detectives – the strong yet compassionate local Detective Sergeant, Ellie Miller (Olivia Colman), and the by-the-book Detective Inspector Alec Hardy (), Ellie’s newly appointed boss. By circumstance they are partnered to solve the murder, keeping the newspapers from derailing the investigation and trying to prevent the crime from impacting tourism at the beach where the boy was murdered. The cast also includes as Beth, as Mark, playing Stephen Turner and sees as the town priest Paul Coates. The series is created and written by Chris Chibnall and executive produced by Chibnall and Jane Featherstone.
LUTHER – September 3-6, 10:00pm ET/PT
BBC AMERICA’s acclaimed mini-series Luther returns as a four-night television event in September. (Pacific Rim, Thor) returns in the title role which won him a 2012 Golden Globe for "Best Actor." John Luther, the near-genius detective struggling to cope with his own demons, is back under intense pressure – with two conflicting crimes to investigate and a ruthless ex-cop determined to bring him down. Luther’s life is his job; that is until love crosses his path and offers him a chance of happiness. (Resident Evil, Love Actually) joins the cast as Mary, a woman who works in a vintage clothing shop and meets Luther in a chance encounter. The series is created by Neil Cross and executive produced by Phillippa Giles.
We've also received some news of what we can see in Fall (or should I say 'autumn'?). There are no specific dates yet, but we can expect Burton and Taylor, starring and , the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Musketeers, The Man Who Would Be Bond, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and the second season of Ripper Street.
Do any of these new series take your fancy? Let me know what you'll be watching below.