Tin Star (TV series)

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Tin Star
Tin Star Title Card.JPG
GenreCrime drama
Created byRowan Joffé
ComposerAdrian Corker
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes25 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerJonathan Curling[1]
  • Dale McCready
  • Paul Sarossy
  • Amy Hounsell
  • Mark Eckersley
  • Oral Norrie Ottey
  • Paulo Pandolpho
  • Ben Drury
Running time43–67 minutes
Production companyKudos[2]
DistributorEndemol Shine UK
Original networkSky Atlantic
Picture format16:9 (1080i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release7 September 2017 (2017-09-07) –
24 December 2020 (2020-12-24)

Tin Star (2017-2020) is a British television crime drama created by Rowan Joffé. The series focuses on Jim Worth, a former London Metropolitan Police Service detective who becomes chief of police of a Canadian town in the Rocky Mountains. It stars Tim Roth, Genevieve O'Reilly, Abigail Lawrie, Oliver Coopersmith and Christina Hendricks.[3]

The series premiered on Sky Atlantic on 7 September 2017, and became available on Amazon Video internationally on 29 September.[4] Series 2 premiered 24 January 2019.[5] The third and final series takes place in Liverpool, England.[6] Production for the series commenced in 2019,[7] with all episodes airing in December 2020.


Former London undercover police detective Jim Worth is the seemingly gentle police chief of Little Big Bear, a small town at the edge of the Canadian Rockies, where his family of four has moved to escape his violent past.[1] But, thanks to a chief of security for North Stream Oil, the oil company that dominates the town, Worth's past catches up with him and he and his wife Angela call into service Jim's violent, alcoholic alter-ego, Jack Devlin, to fight anyone they suspect of hurting their family.[8] The local head of public relations for North Stream, Elizabeth Bradshaw, wavers between ethics and criminality against a backdrop of rough oil workers and bikers.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Tim Roth as James "Jim" Worth, a former Metropolitan Police detective and the new Chief of Little Big Bear Police, and as Jack Devlin, Worth's violent alter-ego, which he slips into when under the influence of alcohol.[8]
  • Christina Hendricks as Elizabeth Bradshaw (series 1–2), Vice President of Stakeholder Relations for North Stream Oil. Bradshaw has the job of trying to maintain a peaceful working relationship with North Stream and the local populace. This is made difficult by her dispute with Chief Worth. She often finds herself on morally ambiguous ground.[9]
  • Genevieve O'Reilly as Angela Worth, Jim's wife.[10]
  • Abigail Lawrie as Anna Worth, Angela's daughter.[10]
  • Oliver Coopersmith as Simon "Whitey" Brown (series 1—2), Frank's nephew with a past connection to Worth.[8]
  • Ian Puleston-Davies as Frank Keane, a criminal figure from Jim's past; uncle of Whitey.[8]
  • Sarah Podemski as Constable, later Chief Denise Minahik, a First Nations officer with Little Big Bear Police, and second-in-command to Chief Worth. Also in a somewhat secret relationship with Constable McGillen. Her estranged father is a Chief in the local First Nations tribe.[8]
  • Ryan Kennedy as Constable Nick McGillen, a junior officer with Little Big Bear Police, in a somewhat secret relationship with Constable Minahik.[8]
  • Lynda Boyd as Randy, the owner of Randy's Roadhouse, a bar and later strip club; partner of Frank Keane.
  • Michelle Thrush as Jaclyn Letendre (series 1–2), a member of the Ipowahtaman tribe who relocates to the Musqwa reserve.
  • John Lynch as Pastor Johan Nickel (series 2), a Mexican Canadian Ammonite preacher.
  • Anamaria Marinca as Sarah Nickel (series 2), the community dentist and wife of Pastor Johan.
  • Jenessa Grant as Rosa Nickel (series 2), daughter of Pastor Johan.
  • Nigel Bennett as Friedrich Quiring (series 2), leader of the Ammonite community.
  • Christopher Heyerdahl as Louis Gagnon (series 1), North Stream Oil's enigmatic head of security.[9]
  • Stephen Walters as Johnny (series 1), a career criminal from Blackpool, England working closely with Frank.[11]
  • Rupert Turnbull as Peter Worth (series 1), Jim and Angela's five-year-old son, who is shot dead in a botched assassination attempt.
  • Ray G. Thunderchild as Jacob Minahik (series 1), chief of the Musqwa tribe and Denise's estranged father.
  • Roark Critchlow as Detective Inspector Benoit Lehane (series 1), Royal Canadian Federal Police.
  • Kevin Hanchard as Father Gregoire (series 1), Jim's Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor.[12]
  • Tobi Bamtefa as Reginald Godswill (series 1), a criminal enforcer working with Whitey, Frank and Johnny.
  • Jack Veal as Young Simon (series 1), seen in flashbacks to 2007.[13]
  • Gerald Auger as Timothy Whiteknife (series 1), a member of the Musqwa First Nations.
  • Joseph Whitebird as Ray Laskamin (series 1), a member of the Musqwa First Nations.
  • Owen Crowshoe as Hal Laskamin (series 1), a member of the Musqwa First Nations.
  • Lorne Cardinal as Chief Lightfoot (series 1), head of the Reverie Ipowahtaman Tribal Police.
  • Nicholas Campbell as Wallace Lyle (series 1)
  • Maxwell McCabe-Lokos as Daniel Lyle (series 1)
  • Rachael Crawford as Dr. Susan Bouchard (series 1)
  • Tanya Moodie as Catherine Mckenzie (series 3)


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1107 September 2017 (2017-09-07)10 November 2017 (2017-11-10)
2924 January 2019 (2019-01-24)21 March 2019 (2019-03-21)
3610 December 2020 (2020-12-10)24 December 2020 (2020-12-24)

Series 1 (2017)[edit]

  • Aired weekly on Sky Atlantic; the entire series was also available to download via Sky Box Sets and Now TV on 7 September 2017.
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK[14] viewers
1"Fun and (S)Laughter"Rowan JofféRowan Joffé7 September 2017 (2017-09-07)1.05
2"The Kid"Marc JobstRowan Joffé14 September 2017 (2017-09-14)0.72
3"Comfort of Strangers"Alice TroughtonRowan Joffé21 September 2017 (2017-09-21)0.48
4"Jack"Marc JobstRowan Joffé28 September 2017 (2017-09-28)0.49
5"Bait"Alice TroughtonTom Butterworth, Chris Hurford & Rowan Joffé5 October 2017 (2017-10-05)0.36
6"Cuckoo"Grant HarveyRowan Joffé12 October 2017 (2017-10-12)0.34
7"Exposure"Gilles BannierTom Butterworth, Chris Hurford & Rowan Joffé19 October 2017 (2017-10-19)0.35
8"This be the Verse"Grant HarveyTom Butterworth, Chris Hurford & Rowan Joffé26 October 2017 (2017-10-26)0.26
9"Fortunate Boy"Craig ViveirosRowan Joffé3 November 2017 (2017-11-03)0.22
10"My Love is Vengeance"Gilles BannierRowan Joffé10 November 2017 (2017-11-10)0.21

Series 2 (2019)[edit]

  • Aired weekly on Sky Atlantic; the entire series was also available to download via Sky Box Sets and Now TV on 24 January 2019.[15] Amazon Prime released the whole season two in the US on 7 March 2019[16] but they have yet to reveal a date for release in the UK. A DVD & Blu-Ray release is due on 15 April 2019 and is currently available to pre-order.[17] Amazon's episode guide lists an extra episode in addition to the original 9 episodes released by Sky Atlantic. The reason for this is that the original season premiere "Prairie Gothic" was a special feature length episode that ran for 1 hour 20 minutes. Amazon split this episode into two parts of just under 45 minutes, the first part retaining the title and number of the original episode and the second part becoming a new episode titled "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and numbered as episode two. The remaining episodes were numbered 3-10 which means that they don't match the original episode numbers.

This episode list reflects the original Sky Atlantic episode list.[18]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date Viewers
1"Prairie Gothic"Gilles BannierRowan Joffé24 January 2019 (2019-01-24)TBA
Following directly on from the events of My Love is Vengeance, Jack lies bleeding on the mountainside, having been shot by Anna. Terrified by her own actions, a confused Anna flees, pursued by Angela, who leaves Jack to die. Anna reaches an Ammonite community on the border of Little Big Bear, where she tries to commit suicide but is saved from death by teenager Rosa Nickel, daughter of the local pastor. Meanwhile, Jack awakens from a period of unconsciousness and manages to make his way into the forest, where he sets fire to Whitey's cabin to signal for help.
2"Resist Not Evil"Chris BaughRowan Joffé31 January 2019 (2019-01-31)TBA
Anna begins to integrate with the Ammonite community, being baptised by Father Johan in a desperate attempt to leave her former life behind. Elizabeth and Angela continue to hide out at her company mansion, which has now been cut off from the grid. Father Johan struggles to conceal a shipment of cocaine that he has smuggled across the border from Mexico for a cartel of dangerous criminals. A deranged Jack continues to cause misery amongst the Ammonite community with his tirade of abuse, climaxing with him driving his police truck through the community church in the middle of a service.
3"Consequences (Elizabeth and Johan's Story)"Jim LoachRowan Joffé7 February 2019 (2019-02-07)TBA
Johan panics when the cartel come calling for the drugs, but they are nowhere to be found. Jaclyn manages to track down Elizabeth and Angela and demands $100,000 in return for her silence. As Elizabeth tries to raise the required funds, she finds herself unwittingly caught in the middle of the feud between Jack and Frank.
4"Jack and Coke (Jack and Angela's Story)"Jim LoachThomas Martin14 February 2019 (2019-02-14)TBA
As the same day plays out from the perspective of Jack and Angela, Angela approaches Jack for help in an attempt to help a desperate Elizabeth. Jack concocts an elaborate plan to mix Johan's drugs with baby powder in order to double the quantity, but when Frank refuses his offer of a deal, he decides to rob Randy's Roadhouse, unaware that an illegal poker game involving several wealthy townsfolk is taking place in the backroom.
5"The Bagman Cometh"Chris BaughRowan Joffé21 February 2019 (2019-02-21)TBA
Anna pleads with Jack to help Johan out of his predicament. Jack offers to help on the understanding that Johan opens up to his family about his secret life. Sarah questions Johan's motives for smuggling cocaine, to which he reveals that he was forced into a life of crime after the cartel murdered his brother as repayment for an unpaid loan taken against diesel supplies for a harvest crop which failed, leaving the family penniless and unable to pay back what they owe.
6"Age Of Anxiety"Sue TullyRowan Joffé28 February 2019 (2019-02-28)TBA
Jack comes face to face with the cartel's bagman, who after fearing retribution from his superiors, decides to take his own life - but not before telling Jack that 'Liverpool' is coming for him. Denise interrogates Elizabeth over the disappearance of Jaclyn, prompting an unexpected accusation of murder towards Jack and Angela.
7"Subterranean Fire"Sue TullyRowan Joffé7 March 2019 (2019-03-07)TBA
Jack negotiates the safe return of the drugs, allowing Johan to meet with the cartel to give them what they are rightfully owed. Sarah organises for Rosa to leave the colony to spend time with her cousin in Nelson. Jack, continually haunted over Whitey's death, decides to extract the truth from Frank once and for all.
8"Wild Flower"Justin ChadwickNathaniel Price14 March 2019 (2019-03-14)TBA
As Jack, Angela and Anna prepare to flee back to England on false passports, they come across Rosa's lifeless body on the roadside. Whilst re-uniting Rosa with her family, Jack receives an unexpected delivery containing photographs of his loved ones. Aware that the threat against him is edging ever closer, Jack approaches the colony for help in slaying all of his demons once and for all.
9"The Unseen"Justin ChadwickRowan Joffé & Nathaniel Price21 March 2019 (2019-03-21)TBA
As Jack's past finally comes back to haunt him, he executes his plan of action with the help from an unexpected source.

Series 3 (2020)[edit]

Titled "Tin Star: Liverpool", the action moved to Liverpool.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date Viewers
1"Homecoming"Justin ChadwickRowan Joffé10 December 2020 (2020-12-10)TBA
Jack arrives in Liverpool, hoping to reunite with Angela and Anna, and with a clear mission.
2"Commitment"Patrick HarkinsVanessa Alexander10 December 2020 (2020-12-10)TBA
Angela comes face-to-face with a very personal name on the list. The Worths go on a wild night out.
3"Loves Young Dream"Stewart SvaasandAlexander Stewart17 December 2020 (2020-12-17)TBA
Michael and Catherine clash over their next move. The Worths' new plan causes problems for Anna.
4"Collateral"Stewart SvaasandRobert Fraser17 December 2020 (2020-12-17)TBA
A conflicted Lunt is forced to make a choice with potentially deadly consequences.
5"All Roads"Paulette RandallNathaniel Price24 December 2020 (2020-12-24)TBA
The fallout from the Worths' visit continues and Jack takes solace in an unexpected place.
6"Come to the Edge"Alice TroughtonRowan Joffé24 December 2020 (2020-12-24)TBA
Jack and Angela celebrate their long-awaited wedding. A split-second decision has fatal repercussions.


Filming took place in Alberta from June to December 2016, with scenes mainly shot in the town of High River, Alberta, located just south of Calgary.[3][19][20]

Some of the towns in Alberta include Waterton and Dorothy.


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