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5.0 out of 5 stars Private Eye Shows Really Don't Come Much Better Than This
JACK TAYLOR, (2010), Set 2. Broadcast in the U.K. in 2013, and located in and around beauteous Galway on Ireland's rugged western coast, Ken Bruen's bestselling crime novels leap to life in this acclaimed series of Irish television movies featuring Jack Taylor. The title role, self-destructive, pigheaded, and the shady side of 40, is fully inhabited by the Scottish Iain...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hit the road Jack! Please.
Just catching up with this on Channel 5 and what a stinker. Clunking plots, wooden dialogue, shocking acting. Don't know how good/bad the source books are but these adaptations are unfit for the hardiest inhabitants of hell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Private Eye Shows Really Don't Come Much Better Than This, 27 May 2014
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jack Taylor Collection 2 [DVD] (DVD)
JACK TAYLOR, (2010), Set 2. Broadcast in the U.K. in 2013, and located in and around beauteous Galway on Ireland's rugged western coast, Ken Bruen's bestselling crime novels leap to life in this acclaimed series of Irish television movies featuring Jack Taylor. The title role, self-destructive, pigheaded, and the shady side of 40, is fully inhabited by the Scottish Iain Glen, who holds down significant supporting roles in the two biggest TV hits currently around, DOWNTON ABBEY and GAME OF THRONES. These hardboiled mysteries find their protagonist, kicked off Ireland's police force for booze-related infractions, apparently gaining nothing from his years on the Garda but a threadbare overcoat, now working as a "finder" (private eye) in his native Galway, taking on, from his favorite barstool, cases the cops won't touch. He's battered, disheveled, hard-boiled, and shows himself, every so often, as a softhearted defender of the lost and broken. Exteriors are filmed in Ireland; interiors, in Germany, as the series was financed by a German company. However, be warned, it's for mature audiences only, containing coarse language, nudity and violence.

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The Dramatist
While continuing his attempt at sobriety and healthier living seven months after his mother's stroke, Jack is asked to investigate the death of a female university student, who has fallen from a roof while in theatrical costume. A letter attached to her wrist appears to contain a suicide note written in her blood; the Gardai assume the death to be drug related.

Priest
Jack investigates the death of a priest who has been beheaded in church, and discovers the cleric abused two boys several years earlier, was then sent to Boston, from which he has just returned. More church secrets are revealed; Jack drifts back into his old habits, discovers more of his own demons as he discovers the horrendous consequences the victims of the priest's earlier abuse still suffer.

Shot Down
The police make no headway in the shooting death of a Traveler woman; Taylor volunteers his services to her grieving family. He believes the woman's 11-year-old daughter saw the killer and may now be in danger. A family feud rages within her Tinker community while Taylor does his best to help the girl recall her mother's murder and protect her. Thank goodness, the girl cast in the case in no way resembles the way the part might have been cast in the United States. She's not adorable, not dressed in pink, not pretty or precociously witty: she's a believable tough little Irish Traveler girl.

Glen carries the series - he's in almost every scene -- with brilliant wit, presence, power and dark humour: we may yet see him achieve superstar status. He is here surrounded by excellent supporting actors, and, often, beauty. The plots are satisfyingly intricate, thought-provoking; pacing's tight; crac's enjoyable. Private eye shows really don't come much better than this.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Taylor, 14 Jun. 2014
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P. J. De Maziere (Worcestershire) - See all my reviews
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Like series one, this set of DVDs follows the same gritty storylines with no puches pulled. Well scripted, acted and the filming is excellent, I look forward to series 3.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 July 2014
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I love Jack Taylor
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Show!!, 12 Feb. 2015
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Great Show Hope for more of the same Both series have been Outstanding!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Aug. 2014
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good series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Aug. 2014
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eXCELLENT
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Viewing, 25 Aug. 2014
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Mrs. Gail P. Savage (Australia) - See all my reviews
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Great story lines, wish there were more episodes!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Feb. 2015
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Christine Brook (Sydney, New South Wales Australia) - See all my reviews
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Who doesn't love Ian Glenn. It's a gutsy show.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 April 2015
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As good as the other jack Taylor films
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