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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:
Orla Mcgovern, Killian Scott
Rental Formats:
DVD

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 Orla Mcgovern, Killian Scott, Paraic Breathnach, Midie Corcoran, Ralph Brown, Nora-Jane Noone, Iain Glen, Tara Breathnach
Director Stuart Orme
Genres Crime
Studio ACORN MEDIA
Rental release 11 March 2013
Main languages English

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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2013
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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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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 naÔve 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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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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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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Although this is the well worn track of a Policeman under the cloud of the bottle - it's done so differently that it's fresh and acceptable. Jack cares enough for the right people and barely for himself. The stories have surprises all along the way and when I saw the series on t.v., I couldn't wait to buy the DVD's to watch it all again and again and have my friends enjoy them too. He's rough and ready if you like your heroes that way and I always like to see somewhere that I haven't been to but might like to go one day.
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A real gritty no holds bard set of DVDs, filmed in Gallway this series from TV has some of the best acting and story lines I have seen for a long time. Not affraid to tackel "touchy" subjects. One you can watch again & again!
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Jack Taylor, (2011). This television series of noir mysteries is set in the current day, in and around Galway on Ireland's rugged western coast. It features, obviously, Jack Taylor, who has been kicked off the Guarda, Ireland's police force, for booze-related infractions. He is now working as a "finder" (private eye) in Galway City, and, seated, drink in hand, in his favorite bar, he takes on cases the cops won't touch. As based on the crime fiction of Ken Bruen, this acclaimed Irish series, recommended for mature audiences, stars Iain Glen as Taylor: battered, disheveled, hard-boiled. Set includes three feature-length mysteries on three DVDs: The Guards, The Pikemen, and The Magdalen Martyrs, runs 4 Ĺ hours, and, thank you Acorn, with all the Irish brogue, has subtitles. (Apparently, two more of this feature length series that were made will be released shortly.)

Taylor is ably played by Iaian Glen, a charismatic Scottish-born actor who plays Sir Richard Carlyle in Downton Abbey - Series 1-3 / Christmas at Downton Abbey 2011 , and Mormont in Game of Thrones - Season 1-2 Complete . He has also played in The Iron Lady , Lara Croft - Tomb Raider, and Harry Brown.
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