Good Cop

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Good Cop
Series title over water
Genre Police Procedural drama
Starring Warren Brown
Kevin Harvey
Mark Womack
Robbie Jarvis
Opening theme Armies by Tricky
Composer(s) Paul Englishby
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s) Jessica Pope
Producer(s) Rebecca Hodgson
Cinematography Tony Slater-Ling
Running time 55–60 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Productions
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Original release 30 August (2012-08-30) – 13 October 2012 (2012-10-13)
External links
BBC official page

Good Cop is a British police procedural television series first broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD set in the city of Liverpool. The plot centres on an ordinary police constable, John Paul Rocksavage, whose life changes forever when his best friend and colleague is attacked in a savage ambush.[1] The BBC said in February 2013 that the series would not return for a second season.[2]

John Paul lives with his disabled father and reads to him regularly when he is off duty and at home. With each episode, he is reading a different book, which has some parallels to Rocksavage's own story: Chapter 1, Treasure Island; Chapter 3, Invisible Man; and Chapter 4, Crime and Punishment.



No. Title Writer Director Original airdate UK viewers
1 "Episode One" Stephen Butchard Sam Miller 30 August 2012 (2012-08-30) 4.82
A bad day for constable Rocksavage begins with an encounter with his estranged girlfriend, Cassandra, and his daughter Libby; a confrontation with a vicious thug, Noel Finch, in a cafe; and later his partner constable Andy Stockwell is fatally injured in a targeted attack by Finch and his gang members. Rocksavage encounters Finch, and is forced by circumstances to shoot him.
2 "Episode Two" Stephen Butchard Sam Miller 6 September 2012 (2012-09-06) 4.17
Noel Finch is dead and PC Rocksavage receives phone calls from Finch's associate, Callum Rose, who knows Rocksavage was involved, culminating in a blackmail demand for £100,000. Rose begins to follow Rocksavage, discovering where his estranged girlfriend and current girlfriend live. Rocksavage says he will pay all he can raise, which £35,000. Later, he beats and then kills Rose after breaking into his home.
3 "Episode Three" Stephen Butchard Sue Tully 13 September 2012 (2012-09-13) 4.39
Rocksavage takes photos of his daughter Libby, Cassandra, and her new boyfriend. This causes him more grief, which is compounded when he gives a heartfelt eulogy at Andy's funeral. Two possible witnesses to the murder of Callum Rose are interviewed but the evidence is inconclusive. One witness, Bradley Pearson, becomes involved in a domestic dispute, resulting in a siege concluded by Rocksavage's intervention. Homicide detectives bring in Jonjo Heinz, identified by Rocksavage as a third gang member who attacked Andy, but he is released due to a lack of hard evidence. Rocksavage plants the murder weapon used to kill Finch and Rose in Heinz's home.
4 "Episode Four" Stephen Butchard Sue Tully 13 October 2012 (2012-10-13) 1.9 (temporary overnight)[6]

Rocksavage recovers the gun from where he planted it and later breaks into Jonjo Heinz's house, apparently intending to kill him. However, before he can confront Heinz, the police arrive to search the property, forcing Rocksavage to flee. Heinz is arrested and held for drugs-related charges, but the police find insufficient evidence to charge him with Andy's murder. However, Rocksavage's early knowledge of Heinz arrest at home arouses DCI Costello's suspicion. Rocksavage meets Cassandra at the beach where he tells her he wants to be part of his daughter's life. Constable Amanda Morgan agrees to pose as a student to catch two men who have been attacking young women, but when the undercover operation goes wrong, Rocksavage decides to take action. After Kyle Smart, his informant, points him to Morgan's assailants, Rocksavage shoots and kills one of the attackers, but accidentally fires at Smart when he unexpectedly shows up at the scene. Racked with guilt Rocksavage walks into the sea up to his waist and shouts furiously, leaving his fate thereafter uncertain.

Note: Following the shooting of two police officers in Tameside, Greater Manchester, on 18 September 2012, the BBC postponed the final episode, originally scheduled for 20 September.[4] The BBC announced on 28 September that the final episode would air on 13 October 2012.[5]

Home Media[edit]


Release name UK release date
(region 2)
Australian release date
(region 4)
North American release date
(region 1)
Good Cop 15 October 2012[7][8] 5 June 2013[9] Despite being filmed in HD
no Blu-ray release.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BBC official page
  2. ^ Tweet from Warren Brown
  3. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. 
  4. ^ "Police drama Good Cop pulled after Manchester shootings". BBC News (BBC). 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "BBC confirms airdate for delayed final episode". Digital Spy. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Temporary Digitalspy retrieved 14 October 2012
  7. ^ "Good Cop (DVD)". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  8. ^ "Good Cop episode guide". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Good Cop". Blockbuster LLC. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

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