A few months back Sky Atlantic announced that Tim Roth and Madmen’s Christina Hendricks would top-line a new crime drama set in the Canadian Rockies, and, with a fantastic behind-the-camera pedigree as well, it looks set to be one of the must-sees for next year. Now the channel has added more top names to the cast, which whets our appetite even more.
Genevieve O’Reilly (who was sensational in ITV’s recent The Secret), Abigail Lawrie, Oliver Coopersmith, Christopher Heyerdahl, Stephen Walters, Ian Puleston-Davies (recently of Marcella), Roark Critchlow, Sarah Podemski and Kevin Hanchard will join Roth and Hendricks in what is being described as a ‘revenge thriller’.
Currently filming in the beautiful and remote Rocky Mountains of Canada and due to air in 2017, Tin Star is produced by Kudos, the makers of BAFTA award-winning Broadchurch and Humans, and is penned by acclaimed screenwriter Rowan Joffe.
The eight-part drama tells the story of Jim Worth (Roth), an expat British police officer starting a new life with his family as police chief in Little Big Bear, an idyllic town near the Rocky Mountains. Not long after their arrival, the opening of an oil refinery nearby leads to Little Big Bear becoming a boom town, bringing with it a wave of drugs, prostitution and organised crime.
When Jim takes a stand against the oil company, it’s not long before someone makes an attempt on his life. But when Jim ducks the bullet meant for him it leaves a member of his family dead instead. With the gang of killers still in town, the police chief becomes hell-bent on violent revenge.
Did the oil company’s uneasy alliance of Mrs Bradshaw (Hendricks) and Louis Gagnon (Heyerdahl) hire the assassins? Or are the gang’s motives connected to Jim’s violent, alcoholic past? As the police chief’s world continues to unravel, the line between hero and villain becomes blurred. Will Jim’s lust for bloody vengeance put his family’s life in further danger still?
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