Tin Star, starring Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks

Tin Star with Tim Roth

Rocky road ahead – Tim Roth as Jim Worth

London cop looks for a bit of peace in small-town Canada – and finds murder and chaos


Sky Atlantic, starts Thursday, 7 September, 9pm

LAST TIME we saw Tim Roth he was playing the quietly spoken creepy mass killer in dowdy Rillington Place. What a leap to see him transformed into a police chief in modern-day, small-town Canada.

Of course, the reason he is in demand with everyone from Quentin Tarantino (Hateful Eight etc) to David Lynch (Twin Peaks) is his brilliant malleability.

In Sky Atlantic’s new 10-parter he plays Jim Worth, ex-Metropolitan Police detective who has moved his family to the Rockies. Here they plan a new and better life, with Jim policing a rural community.

However, the setting – though spectacular – is not idyllic. There is a big oil company, North Stream, breathing down the community’s neck.

Organised crime in Little Big Bear

Their new oil refinery promises to bring in cash to Little Big Bear, but with that comes organised crime. When a doctor who spoke out against North Stream turns up dead, Jim investigates and finds himself up against forces he is ill-equipped to fight.

A bullet intended for Jim actually hits a family member and the lawman finds himself sliding back into the alcoholism that had plagued him back home.

It’s a juicy premise. Jim begins as a fish-out-of-water character, swearing in his broad London accent, chivvying his daughter into their new life.

Christina Hendricks and Genevieve O’Reilly

But he becomes a much darker character after episode one. The attack on his family unleashes a more reckless and vengeful man. Quite a few real big-city cops escape into new lives into a more tranquil lifestyle. Except Little Big Bear tips Jim into near madness.

Roth gets first-class support from Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks as a slightly conflicted PR woman for North Stream, and Genevieve O’Reilly as Jim’s wife, Angela.

The writer and creator is Rowan Joffe – British son of director Roland – who has come up with a strong story about illicit love, corruption and revenge. If you want a drama with a bit of humour and a lot of anarchy, Tin Star should do fine.


  1. Sounds beaut!

  2. David says:

    A lot of anarchy and not credible plot twists. By the time I got to the finale, I knew what was going to happen move by move. When you always go over the top, pretty soon everyone knows where you’re going to end up. That Roths character is still sheriff after leaving a trail of maimed and dead bodies through his little community stains belief. By the time you get to the end, there might not be much difference between Roths role here and the serial killer he played in Rillington Place.

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