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TVO Original “Coppers” takes an “unflinching look” at the lives of retired officers

March 27, 2020  By Staff

TVO is presenting the world broadcast and online premiere of TVO Original Coppers on TVO and on Monday, March 30, at 9 p.m.

Made by award-winning documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig, (There is a House Here), Coppers offers an “unflinching, harrowing, and compassionate” look at the careers of retired police officers.

“In a profession marked by adrenaline and chaos, but also by suicide and marital breakdown, no one leaves the job unscathed,” TVO states. “Using his trademark probing interview style, Zweig turns his lens towards the fabled ‘blue wall’, shedding light on what it really means to serve and protect.”

“Perhaps the most striking feature of Coppers is how deftly Zweig gets his subjects to open up about deeply affecting topics; whether it’s extreme stress, racism, sexism, or guilt, this film leaves no stone unturned,” says John Ferri, TVO’s vice-president of current affairs and documentaries.


“I made Coppers as a follow up to A Hard Name about a group of middle-aged ex-convicts,” says filmmaker Alan Zweig. “It occurred to me that audiences might be more empathetic to ex-cops than to ex-cons.”

Coppers will be available to stream across Canada on and will rebroadcast on TVO April 1 and 4 at 9 p.m. EST.

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