In the late 19th and early 20th century the toughest neighborhood in America, if not the world was five points Manhattan. It is here that the notorious five points gang emerged. Paul Kelly, AKA Paulo Antoni Vaccarelli, recruited many Italian American youths for the gang including Johnny Torrio, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone.
It is against this background and the end of the American civil war that BBC America starts its retrotastic new Crime series on August 19th at 10/9C.
Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), stars as an Irish-American former boxer turned cop, who returns from the Civil War to find his wife missing and his daughter dead. As he patrols the streets of New York’s notorious Five Points neighborhood, he seeks the truth about what happened to his family with the help of two wartime friends: the wayward son of a wealthy industrialist, and a talented African-American doctor. The three men share a secret from their experience in battle that links their lives forever. Confederate gold, buried in a grave marked Arch Stanton? A penchant for a love, that dare not speak its name? Or perhaps our brave heroes have all experienced the same gonad debilitating battle injury? Only time will tell Crimeziners.
Anyhoo, in 1864, Kevin Corcoran returns from fighting in the Civil War and is rapidly appointed as a New York City police detective, where he finds a city awash with corruption, class conflict, racial tension and violence.
The series has been created by Tom, Homicide: Life on the Streets, St. Elsewhere Fontana; and Will Rokos who also handled Monsters Ball and Crimezine favorite Southland. Cast members include the multi talented Franka Potente, Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh, Kevin Ryan, Tanya Fischer and Dylan Taylor.
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