Top Coppers

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Top Coppers
Genre Sitcom
Written byCéin McGillicuddy
Andy Kinnear
Directed byCéin McGillicuddy
Starring Steen Raskopoulos
John Kearns
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producer(s) Ash Atalla
Production location(s)United Kingdom
Running time30 minutes
Original network BBC iPlayer, BBC Three, BBC Two
Original release19 August 2015 BBC Three, 4 October 2015 BBC Two

Top Coppers (released 19 August 2015) is a British sitcom, directed by Céìn McGillicuddy, broadcast on BBC Three and BBC Two. [1] [2]



Top Coppers follow the adventures of cops John Mahogany (Steen Raskopoulos) and Mitch Rust (John Kearns [3] ) as they attempt to rid the fictional world of Justice City from its deranged criminal underworld. They both have red hair (ie copper coloured), giving a double meaning to the show's title.

The universe and its characters are derived from the conventions of American and British police shows of the 70s and 80s, from Starsky & Hutch to The Professionals , but is set in no specific time or country.


Series 1 (2015)

The first series premiered on 19 August 2015 on BBC Three and ran for 6 episodes which aired on Wednesdays. The first series was repeated on BBC Two on Sundays from 4 October 2015.

#TitleDirectorWriterOriginal BBC Three Air Date
1"The Chill of the Cockney Freezer"Céin McGillicuddyAndy Kinnear & Céin McGillicuddy19 August 2015 (2015-08-19)
The comic adventures of Justice City's hero cops Mahogany and Rust. Notorious Cockney crime boss Harry McCrane takes over an ice cream factory.
2"The Girdle of Randall Rodgers"Céin McGillicuddyAndy Kinnear & Céin McGillicuddy26 August 2015 (2015-08-26)
When the ageing star of hit sci-fi show Future Space starts receiving anonymous death threats, Mahogany finds himself coming face to face with his childhood hero. Meanwhile, Rust hates actors, until he finds out that being an actor makes you rich. Guest stars James Fleet.
3"The Venom of Dr Schäfer"Céin McGillicuddyPaul Doolan2 September 2015 (2015-09-02)
Mahogany and Rust investigate mysterious disappearances near Dr Schäfer's top secret medical research lab.
4"The Twist of the French Nicker"Céin McGillicuddyPaul Doolan9 September 2015 (2015-09-09)
The world's greatest art thief and Frenchman, Gerard Cliché, is in town. Meanwhile, Mahogany & Rust are out to win the Golden Doughnut, the prize for the best crime fighting duo. It's surely in the bag too, providing Romero & Byrne don't turn up.
5"The Escape of Vince Rust"Céin McGillicuddyAndy Kinnear, Céin McGillicuddy & Paul Doolan16 September 2015 (2015-09-16)
Rust's identical twin brother Vince escapes from Justice City penitentiary with a devious plan to swap places with Rust and infiltrate JCPD. Meanwhile, it's Mahogany's birthday and he's fed up that Rust has forgotten all about it AGAIN. Just typical.
6"The Passion of the Chris"Céin McGillicuddyBen Edwards23 September 2015 (2015-09-23)
Justice City's darkest hour! A mysterious computer hacker launches a cyber attack on the whole city, demanding just one thing - John Mahogany. Meanwhile, Rust must avoid the tax inspector as he hasn't paid a penny in five years. He has a sneaky plan.




Whilst the series is mainly shot in at West London Film Studios, there were also some exterior shots and sequences filmed on location.

The exterior of Justice City Police Department is filmed at the main entrance to the Dagenham Civic Centre on Rainham Road North, Dagenham Essex, with the JCPD sign above the door digitally composited to replace the crest above the doorway and a city skyline composited behind the building.

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