Sherlock star Martin Freeman is starring in Fargo, a new 10-part television series inspired by the classic film, and the drama will be shown Channel 4 this spring.

Set in Minnesota, northern USA, Martin plays small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, whose life is changed when he meets rootless, manipulative Lorne Malvo, played by Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton.

Other stars featured in the crime drama include Colin Hanks (son of Tom), Bib Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), Allison Tolman (Sordid Lives) and Oliver Platt (Frost/Nixon, The Big C).

Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt says: “Fargo is a perfect Channel 4 show – a dark comedy, beautifully directed with a stunning cast. We are excited to be bringing it to a British audience.”