Tim Roth Is A Man Possessed In 'Tin Star'

The hard hitting new TV show worth sticking on your never-ending list of new TV shows

There are a fair few elements of new TV drama Tin Star that will ring a fair few bells. A deadly crime is committed in an isolated town which must be sealed off until the perpetrator is found (Fortitude, check!).

Meanwhile, we get to know the quirky locals and screwball hoodlums and corporate villains who are mixed up in the whole thing (Fargo, check!), which takes place in the isolated Canadian wilderness (Northern Exposure, check!) and also meet the new police chief, an awkward ex-pat Brit who is having a hard time blending in with the locals (er, Death in Paradise, check!).

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What Tin Star has, though, that those other telly sagas do not, is Tim Roth, playing the new sheriff in town, Chief Worth, whose own family is affected by the criminal goings-on in the most devastating way. Not that you'd know it — as Chief Jim Worth brushes off tragedy like a moose walking past a snowy pine branch, and seems to revel in his own English stoicism ("I'm British, Denise, we don't do guns"). But that's not what you want Tim Roth for. You want Pumpkin in Pulp Fiction. You want Mr Orange in Reservoir Dogs. You want Tarantino Roth, basically.

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So, it's just as well that teetotaller Chief Worth turns out to have a dastardly alter-ego called Jack Devlin, who comes out when he's had a drink or a line or a pill, or several, and doesn't take slights lying down.

Admittedly, this being quality television and all, you'll have to be patient before getting a glimpse of Jack — he's not even named until episode three, and before then there's just the occasional glimpse in a mirror — but you know the hard rain, when it comes, will be worth it.

Tin Star launches on 4 September on Sky Atlantic and Now TV.