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JACK TAYLOR, SET 1
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"Thrilling murder mystery" —The Sun (U.K.)
Based on the bestselling crime fiction by Ken Bruen
Self-destructive, pigheaded, and overfond of the bottle, Jack Taylor (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) is a forty-something ex-cop trying to earn a living as a private detective in his native Galway. Taylor has burned a lot of bridges, but he still has a knack for uncovering ugly truths. In his new trade, Taylor finds evil at every turn: the serial murders of young female factory workers, a vicious vigilante group executing summary justice, and a sadistic nun dubbed "Lucifer" by her former charges.
Set against the rugged backdrop of western Ireland, this crime noir series depicts a country in transition, caught between the certainties of the past and the anxieties of a post-bubble future. Those same strains play out in the life of Jack Taylor, a man seeking to reinvent himself in a community with a long memory and an uneasy attitude towards change. Includes three feature-length mysteries: The Guards, The Pikemen, and The Magdalen Martyrs.
Contains coarse language and violence
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Regulars include Sup. Clancy (Frank O'Sullivan); Cody the new partner (Killian Scott); Garda Kate Noonan (Nora-Jane Noone), her partner DS Kavanagh (Nick Lee) & more. Also has guest stars. All you want in a good new tough Irish crime drama. And it's filmed in Galway, beautiful Connemara region.
SDH SUBTITLES for all 3 90-min episodes.
1 The Guards
4 young female suicides; but Jack's hired by a missing 18-yr-old girl's mom after being forced to resign from the Garda (Irish Cops). He's surviving as a Pvt.Eye and gets help from old pal Sutton (Ralph Brown). What's the mom's (Tara Breathnach) real motive? She seems suspicious. Father Malachy (Paraic Breathnach) also is a regular.
2 The Pikemen
Pikemen: vigilantes on the Galway streets, face-off with Taylor during a PvtEye investigation. Has Taylor crossed that fine line of law? A young follower, Cody, and old flame Ann (Tara Breathnach, seen in the 1st episode) complicate the almost sober ex-cop. The urban myth Pikemen frame Jack.
3 The Magdalen Martyrs
Taylor's hired to find Magdalen Laundries former nasty nun, "Lucifer", known for brutality to girls. Jack's warned off, the hard way, by Cassell (Liam Carney- `Angela's Ashes'), Irish drug baron.Read more ›
I watch a lot of international TV, especially crime drama, and it's such an overcrowded field that it has become virtually impossible to tell new or intriguing stories. "Jack Taylor" is adapted from the novels of Ken Bruen and in addition to the presence of Glen, it offers two other unique selling points: The individual plots are appropriately twisty and the series benefits from a real sense of location. Set mostly in Galway, the township and its inhabitants figure prominently into the success of the franchise. This is gritty stuff. A disgraced cop, Taylor leads a troubled life straddling between the law enforcement community and the seamier underbelly of polite society. Taylor takes on cases that the police ignore, and this leads to many confrontations from just about every angle.Read more ›
Three 90-minute films are in this first collection: they were filmed in 2010-2011 and directed by Stuart Orme.
"The Guards" introduces Jack Taylor and is based on the debut series novel by Ken Bruen. After his dismissal from the Garda, Taylor finds refuge in a local boarding house and frequents a nearby pub. A worried mother hires him to find her missing 18-year-old daughter after a series of apparent suicides have left four young girls drugged and drowned in Galway Bay. Taylor receives some assistance from a fellow Garda named Kate Noonan and Superintendent Clancy (Frank O'Sullivan).
"The Pikemen" is a yarn written in Bruen's Hibernian noir style and characterization. It is a typical vigilante story about eight men who wear black hoods, kill with pikes, and have a twisted sense of who deserves to live and who deserves to die. The story includes a naïve young man Cody Farraher who sees Jack as a hero, the best "finder" in western Ireland. Taylor is arrested on suspicion of murdering a local businessman and is forced to rely on Cody to help clear his name.
"The Magdalen Martyrs" returns to Bruen's gritty and brutal storytelling and is adapted from his novel of the same name. Taylor (with Cody's help) is hired to look into past abuses at the infamous Magdalen laundry, the city's home for "wayward girls.Read more ›
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I have only watched the first "episode" or "film" and thought it a very weak plot. Acting isn't bad but the script is very weak. Production is also very poor. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Electric Eclectic
Most of the dramas having police characters in a mystery setting are very predictable. NOT Jack Taylor. It's daring and different and I loved the Irish approach to this subject. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
We didn't know what to expect. But all we can say is wow. So exciting that we were mesmerized with the stories and the acting. It left us wanting more.Published 5 months ago by C. Alford
Love it! One of the best introductions to a main character I've seen (I won't give it away, but it is really good). I love the second disc in which Jack and Cody meet. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jackie Coggin
Twenty years or so ago in Stratford, I saw Iain Glen in Shakespeare's "Henry V" (as Henry) and in an affecting and unusual production of the rarely-performed "The... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stanley Crowe