You've already met Kevin Corcoran, one of New York's ye olde finest, and his cohorts and consorts. And you've already received your map of present-day relics of NYC's bloody past. Now it's time to go behind the scenes of the brand-new original BBC America show, Copper.

Academy Award®-winner Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man) is among the executive producers, and Emmy® Award-winner Tom Fontana (Oz, Homicide: Life on the Streets) is one of the co-creators — and both are exceedingly inspired by the disease-ridden, crime-infested streets of New York City's Civil War period. Just look at Fontana's eyes light up as he describes their fictional Five Points as his "Disneyland." It's true — he and the rest of the team meticulously recreated the neighborhood, but this is no costume drama. It's a show about a guy trying to impart some measure of societal order while searching for his missing wife and daughter's killer. That he conducts his police work in brothels and saloons while wearing a bowler hat is incidental (albeit, trendy).

Copper premieres on August 19 — only on BBC America.