Good Cop

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Good Cop
Series title over water
GenrePolice procedural
Created byStephen Butchard
Written byStephen Butchard
Directed bySam Miller
Susan Tully
StarringWarren Brown
Michael Angelis
Tom Hopper
Kerrie Hayes
Mark Womack
Philip Hill-Pearson
Aisling Loftus
Stephen Graham
Stephen Walters
Opening themeArmies by Tricky
ComposerPaul Englishby
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producerJessica Pope
ProducerRebecca Hodgson
CinematographyTony Slater-Ling
Running time60 minutes
Production companyBBC Productions
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 (1080i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release30 August (2012-08-30) –
13 October 2012 (2012-10-13)
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Good Cop is a British police procedural television series, written and created by Stephen Butchard, that first broadcast on BBC One on 30 August 2012. The plot centres on an ordinary police constable, John Paul Rocksavage (Warren Brown), whose life changes forever when his best friend and colleague, Andy Stockwell (Tom Hopper), is attacked and killed in a savage ambush.[1][2]

A single series of four episodes broadcast weekly at 9:00pm on Thursdays from 30 August 2012. Following the shooting of two police officers in Tameside, Greater Manchester, on 18 September 2012, the BBC postponed the final episode, originally scheduled for Thursday 20 September at 9:00pm.[3] The BBC announced on 28 September that the final episode would air on Saturday 13 October 2012, at a later timeslot of 10:30pm.[4] Consequently, viewing figures for the final episode were much lower than the rest of the series.

The complete series was released on DVD on 15 October 2012, three weeks later than the expected date of 24 September 2012.[5][6] The series was also released on Region 4 DVD in Australia on 5 June 2013.[7] The BBC stated on 4 February 2013 that Good Cop would not return for a second series; although no reason for the cancellation was given.[8][9]


Good Cop is set in the city of Liverpool. It follows the work and private lives of John Paul Rocksavage (Warren Brown), a beat police constable working for the Liverpool Metropolitan police, who is partnered with long term friend Andy Stockwell (Tom Hopper).[2]

At home, Rocksavage lives with his disabled father, Robert (Michael Angelis), and reads to him regularly when he is off duty. With each episode, he is reading a different book, all of which have some parallels to Rocksavage's own story. In the first episode, he reads an excerpt from Treasure Island; in the third, a chapter of the Invisible Man; and in the fourth, the first chapter of Crime and Punishment. Rocksavage is also having a secret affair with his dad's married carer, Justine (Christine Tremarco).[10]

Outside of work, Rocksavage is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend, Cassandra (Aisling Loftus), who has returned from the United States with his five-year-old daughter, Libby. Cassandra has a new boyfriend, but Rocksavage struggles to accept this and with the help of his father, does all he can to be a part of Cassandra's life. Rocksavage is also mentoring a teenage informant, Kyle Smart (Shaun Mason), a car thief with a good ear for crimes taking place within the local community.[11]

When Stockwell is attacked and killed in a savage ambush on a routine call out to a domestic disturbance, Rocksavage's life is changed forever. He finds himself partnered with rookie WPC Amanda Morgan (Kerrie Hayes), whom he takes his anger and resentment out on, whilst coming head-to-head with the chief of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), DCI Craig Costello (Mark Womack), who is overseeing the investigation into Andy's death. After coming face to face with one of Stockwell's killers, Noel Finch (Stephen Graham), Rocksavage crosses the line from law enforcer to law breaker, and soon realises there is no way back.[10][2]



Jodie Comer has a small role in one episode as a waitress who is harassed by Stephen Graham's character. Impressed by Comer's performance, Graham recommended her to his agent, who agreed to represent her; seven years later, after winning the 2019 BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her performance in Killing Eve, Comer thanked Graham for being her mentor and introducing her to his agent.


No. Title Writer Director Original airdate UK viewers
1"Episode 1"Stephen ButchardSam Miller30 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 2"Stephen ButchardSam Miller6 September 2012 (2012-09-06)4.17
Noel Finch is dead, and Rocksavage soon starts to receive phone calls from one of Finch's associates, Callum Rose, who knows that he was involved in the murder - 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 is £35,000. Later, he beats and then kills Rose after breaking into his home.
3"Episode 3"Stephen ButchardSue Tully13 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 4"Stephen ButchardSue Tully13 October 2012 (2012-10-13)Under 4.23
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. Rocksavage meets Cassandra and tells her that he wants to be part of his daughter's life. 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.


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  3. ^ "Police drama Good Cop pulled after Manchester shootings". BBC News. BBC. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "BBC confirms airdate for delayed final episode". Digital Spy. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  7. ^ "Good Cop". Blockbuster LLC. 2013. Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Tweet from Warren Brown
  9. ^ "'Good Cop' not returning for series two". Digital Spy. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  10. ^ a b Heritage, Stuart (18 September 2012). "Have you been watching … Good Cop?". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Good Cop, Finale, BBC One | The Arts Desk". Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. Archived from the original on 13 July 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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