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on 8 March 2017
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on 4 December 2015
Excellent series
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on 25 April 2017
Great TV show which does not disappoint.
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on 7 March 2017
great stories.... mind you you really see the underbelly of Ireland
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on 5 August 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed it
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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.

The episodes are:

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.

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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Jack Taylor returns in Series 2 with good episodes. I have seen the first series, but for some reason enjoyed this series more. Jack Taylor played by Iain Glen seems to have an easier personality. Not so angry, his scruffy side is certainly apparent, but he seems easier to becwith. His turf remains the same, the tough roads of Galway.

In this series we have a new Kate Noonan, played by Siobhan O’Kelly. She seems to be as tough but she has a medical problem that is causing concern. She also has a nephew played by Killian Scott who we are supposed to believe is just out of the slammer, having spent three years for some sort of crime. Now, this guy seems too nice, too clean cut but it seems he found Confucius while in prison, and he is now a mellow man. He is an assistant of sorts to Taylor.

The tepisodes are entertaining and give us more than a glimpse of Galway. Episode one is Cross, episode two is Headstone and Episode three is Purgatory. After viewing these three, I am looking for series four. Do you think Jack will ever shave his scruffy beard?

Recommended. prisrob 04-06-17
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on 1 July 2015
The second set of Jack Taylor made-for-TV movies, consists again of three 90-minute stories. Each can stand by itself, but there are threads that carry through the sequence, developing Jack's relations to his "helpers," Kate, the Garda detective in the Galway force who isn't supposed to be having anything to do with him, and Cody, his assistant, who attached himself to Jack in the second movie of the first set, Since these are basically noir-ish detective stories (with an Irish accent), it's not appropriate for me to go into details of the plot, but suffice it to say that once again, Irish culture, religion, and history -- as well as Jack's personal history, of course -- give weight and emotional gravitas to the stories. I don't think it's giving too much away to say that the child abuse scandal in the church is very much in the picture in this set, as is the social circumstance of the "traveling people," whom Jack becomes involved with in the third movie of this set -- and one that gets us out of Galway and into the Irish countryside, a setting that makes the dangers and violence all the more horrifying. One of the movies makes ingenious use of Synge's play "Deirdre of the Sorrows," and in another the idea of Irish music as affecting people's lives and decisions is important.

Jack, you will remember, is an ex-Garda detective himself -- his ignominious dismissal is part of the very first story in Set 1 -- and his relations with his old colleagues are still strained. Kate Noonan, whose relationship with Jack -- is he a mentor, father figure, or romantic figure for her? -- is developed further again has to figure to what extent her relationship with Jack is holding back her career. Young Cody is more fully realized in this set too, and his relationship with Jack is tenser. Does he deserve Jack's occasional condescension? Does Jack fear a rival? It's all vey engaging. Once again, Iain Glen is splendid as Jack -- the voice itself is a thing of beauty, and his melancholy, his struggle with alcoholism, his basic decency and feel for the underdog are all here. Very enjoyable.
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on 14 June 2014
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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on 4 July 2015
Loved it Just make sure you have a bottle of wiskey by your side so you can join Jack, but I think he will drink you under the table
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