Jack Taylor: Collection One 2011

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Collection of made-for-TV dramas based on the novels by Ken Bruen and starring Iain Glen as an Irish ex-cop who now works as a private investigator. 'The Pikemen' (2011) sees Jack return to Galway, newly sober and determined to stay out of trouble. Will he succeed? In 'The Magdalen Martyrs' (2011) Jack is asked to track down an ex-nun who is said to have tortured girls in her care but soon finds himself subject to intimidation. Finally, 'The Guards' (2010) finds Jack in his early days as a private investigator. Needless to say, it doesn't take him long to get involved in a dangerous case.

Starring:
Killian Scott, Midie Corcoran
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Jack Taylor - Season 1

Product Details

Discs
  • Jack Taylor: Collection One - The Guards ages_15_and_over
  • Jack Taylor: Collection One - The Pikemen ages_15_and_over
  • Jack Taylor: Collection One - The Magdalen Martyrs ages_15_and_over
Runtime 4 hours 43 minutes
Starring Killian Scott, Midie Corcoran, Iain Glen, Tara Breathnach, Nora-Jane Noone, Paraic Breathnach, Orla Mcgovern, Ralph Brown
Director Stuart Orme
Genres Crime
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 11 March 2013
Main languages English

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Mar 2013
Format: DVD
Irish author Ken Bruen's novels are the basis for the three made-for-television full length films featuring the stormy and rebellious Jack Taylor, played by Edinburgh born Iain Glen. Set in Jack's home town of Galway with its scenic background, it also embraces its darker underside. Jack is a maverick with his own eccentric ways of taking on matters of life. Dismissed from the Garda police ranks for violent conduct he becomes a private investigator. A heavy drinker who resides in a B&B when not in a bar or patrolling the backstreets of Galway , unshaven in his hallmark great coat, Jack takes on thankless cases usually from desperate women who get no joy from the police. What he starts he finishes, no matter his methods or consequences. These inevitably involve conflicts with the law, violence, deaths and plenty of action. Plot summaries are readily available and won't be explored further here.

Iain Glen plays Jack Taylor as a rugged mournful man who despite seemingly knowing half of the people in Galway, has few true trustworthy friends and is very much a loner. Those who know the oft-hidden charitable side of him show him respect and help in his investigations (even within the Garda from Kate, played by Nora-Jane Noone, also hinting at a romantic connection). Iain Glen's accent is one for the Irish to comment on but voice-overs were used in the pilot 'The Guards'. He brings a presence and charisma to his role and although it could be construed as cliched, I found his performance convincing. The supporting cast are of police, clergy, homeless and assorted rogues and villains adding to the series make-up.

The crime dramas are 'The Guards' (2010), 'The Pikemen' (2011) and 'Magdalene Martyrs' (2011).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rinadistra on 28 Mar 2013
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I love this new series!! it goes on the shelf along with my other favorites; Lewis, Foyles War, Vera, Midsomer Murders, Zen, Montalbano, etc. Great job!! The down and out ex-police cop is really a depressing caracter one you take pity on and he takes you along for a ride on the though, rough, seedy side of life. except this if Ireland. a good change that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By janebbooks on 28 Sep 2013
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When Jack Taylor (Iain Glen) puts on his stolen regulation double-breasted Garda coat with the brass buttons, watch out! Jack Taylor is Ken Bruen's fictional detective/private eye/finder. He has been dismissed from the Garda Síochána (Irish police) and is now finding things for people in Galway, Ireland. The Irish call their gumshoes "finders" since "private eye" sounds too much like "informer"...

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fyffee1984 on 30 Mar 2014
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Believable characters, interesting story lines and Iain Glen is very watchable in this Galway based crime drama. I would definitely recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sep 2014
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This is a series that has escaped me. I am a mystery/police procedural buff, so finally took a look. Jack Taylor is a rough, tough Irishman, who looks the part of someone in trouble.

Iain Glen plays, Jack Taylor, a new private detective, after being 'let go' from the Garda. In Galway there is not much to do, and with his old Garda long wool coat, Taylor seems to pick up the rough stuff of crimes. Sometimes he walks into the midst of a crime, or sometimes he saves a damsel in distress. Whatever occurs, the scruffy Taylor always looks like he just rolled out of bed. His body must be bruised and torn after the beatings, gunshots and miscellaneous harm he comes into. His clients are often the downtrodden and those who need his help the most, so he does have some redeeming values.

I did find it difficult to sit through an entire episode without fast forwarding at times. The pace is often slow, the storylines similar in nature. The redeeming feature is the sights and sounds of Galway.

Recommended For Some. prisrob 09-16-14
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