What a treat!,
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This review is from: Jack Taylor - Complete Collection One & Two [import] (DVD)
Great stuff with fantastic Galway location and different plotlines than the usual ex police turned P I. programme.
Ian Glenn does a super job as the hard drinking, hard talking Taylor who inspires loyalty from his small band of friends and gets beaten up on a regular basis. I dont know whether he was actually auditioning for the part of Harry Hole for when they eventually film the Jo Nesbo books but he should be a strong contender.
The characterisation is spot on for the supporting cast with enough swearing to be realistically Irish and without lapsing into caricature or sentimentality. There is a good balance between backstory for the main characters and the individual crime plots in each long episode and enough blackly humorous one liners to create a thoroughly entertaining experience and make it watchable many times in the future. Love his local watering hole, The Crane Bar---it's absolutely typical of the older local public house in Ireland which is now sadly disappearing but does still exist if you look hard enough.