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Jack Irish is a television drama series and a series of Australian television movies adapted from the detective novels by Peter Temple.[2] The series stars Guy Pearce in the lead role of Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer turned private investigator and debt collector. The novels have been adapted by screenwriters Andrew Knight and Matt Cameron, and directed by Jeffrey Walker (the telemovies) and Kieran Darcy-Smith (the series).[3][4]

Jack Irish
Jack Irish DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover for the first 2 Jack Irish TV movies
Genre Crime drama
Created by
Based on Jack Irish novels
by Peter Temple
Screenplay by
  • Matt Cameron
  • Andrew Knight
Directed by
Starring Guy Pearce
Marta Dusseldorp
Aaron Pedersen
Roy Billing
Shane Jacobson
Damien Richardson
Theme music composer Harry James Angus
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 15 (3 TV movies + 2 x 6 TV series episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Ian Collie
Cinematography Martin McGrath
Editor(s) Geoff Lamb
Running time 52–100 minutes
Release
Original network ABC1, ZDF[1]
Original release 14 October 2012 (2012-10-14) – present
External links
Website

Contents

Main castEdit

  • Guy Pearce as Jack Irish
    A criminal lawyer turned debt collector and troubleshooter. Jack is still troubled over the murder of his wife by a deranged ex client. He also works as an apprentice cabinet maker for Charlie Taub.
  • Marta Dusseldorp as Linda Hillier
    A determined reporter. She starts an on-off romantic relationship with Jack, becoming embroiled with many of Jack's investigations.
  • Aaron Pedersen as Cam Delray
    Tough, but kind hearted, Cam is Harry Strang's right-hand man and one of Jack's closest friends. Cam often uses his spare time to help Jack out in his cases.
  • Roy Billing as Harry Strang
    A big racing aficionado who often enlists the aid of Jack and Cam.
  • Shane Jacobson as Barry Tregear
    A gruff, overweight cop who reluctantly helps with Jack's investigations.
  • Damien Richardson as Drew Greer
    Jack's former law partner who still occasionally assists him in solving cases.

TelemoviesEdit

Jack Irish: Bad DebtsEdit

The first telemovie Jack Irish: Bad Debts, based on the first Jack Irish novel, was broadcast 14 October 2012.[5] The telemovie was watched by an average of 950,000 Australian viewers, coming in at rank six.[6]

PlotEdit

Jack receives a call from ex-client Danny McKillop. Jack goes to help, only to discover that Danny is dead.

CastEdit

Jack Irish: Black TideEdit

The second telemovie Jack Irish: Black Tide, based on the second Jack Irish novel, was broadcast 21 October 2012.[5] The telemovie was watched by an average of 851,000 Australian viewers, coming in at rank 13.[7]

PlotEdit

Des Conners an old friend of the Irish family, comes to consult Jack over the disappearance of his son Gary.

CastEdit

Jack Irish: Dead PointEdit

The third telemovie Jack Irish: Dead Point, based on the third Jack Irish novel, screened on 13 April 2014.[8][9] The telemovie was watched by an average of 780,000 Australian viewers, coming in at rank 11.[10]

PlotEdit

Jack is consulted by Justice Loder to recover a mysterious red book.

CastEdit

Production teamEdit

The following creative team was responsible for the first three telemovies: Producer Ian Collie, Co-Producer Jeffrey Walker, Executive Producer Andrew Knight, Co-Producer Andrew Anastasios, Screenwriter Matt Cameron, Director of Photography Martin McGrath.[8]

Jack Irish – TV seriesEdit

Two six-part series have been produced, the first aired from 11 February 2016 to 17 March 2016 and the second series airing from 8 July 2018.[11][12][13]

CastEdit

Season One (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
(millions)
11"Episode 1"Kieren Darcy-SmithAndrew Knight11 February 2016 (2016-02-11)0.711[14]
Jack is back to debt collection and Linda takes a job in Manila. Still, Jack soon finds himself involved in some witch hunt that has to do with a massacre that happened in the Philippines years ago.
22"Episode 2"Kieren Darcy-SmithAndrew Knight18 February 2016 (2016-02-18)0.682[15]
Jack is still working with sculptor Sarah to find who killed her sister, and bodies start to accumulate. In the meantime, Linda is trying to get her bearings in Manila and is able to help Jack.
33"Episode 3"Daniel NettheimMatt Cameron25 February 2016 (2016-02-25)0.617[16]
Jack's investigation leads him to get close to a mega-church pastor, but Linda and her team fall in a trap when they explore an island that seems to be the base for criminals.
44"Episode 4"Daniel NettheimAndrew Anastasios3 March 2016 (2016-03-03)0.581[17]
A tense night in the Filipino jungle results in a chance discovery for Linda and Orton. Jack's concerned for Sarah's well-being as she becomes consumed by manic determination following news about Tina.
55"Episode 5"Mark JoffeMatt Cameron10 March 2016 (2016-03-10)0.617[18]
Jack struggles to recuperate and his mind takes an increasingly turn towards Rob Shand. Back in Manila, Linda is abducted. Longmore refuses to act against the church leaving Jack alone to fight for Sarah.
66"Episode 6"Mark JoffeAndrew Knight17 March 2016 (2016-03-17)0.673[19]
Jack is now on the run from both the police and members of Via Crucis. Terrified yet resolved, Linda finally comes face to face with her captor.

Season Two (2018)Edit

In March 2018 Australian crime writer Peter Temple passed away and the second series is dedicated to his memory.[20]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateAustralian viewers
(millions)
11"Episode 1"Mark JoffeAndrew Knight7 July 2018 (2018-07-07)0.723[21]
The apparent suicide of a foreign student triggers a chain of events that sees Jack risking his life to uncover the truth.
22"Episode 2"Mark JoffeMatt Cameron15 July 2018 (2018-07-15)0.681[22]
As Jack Irish investigates two deaths, he delves deeper into the murky world of international colleges.
33"Episode 3"Kriv StendersElise McCredie22 July 2018 (2018-07-22)0.684[23]
As Jack Irish discovers more about the deaths, he isn’t sure who he can trust.
44"Episode 4"Kriv StendersAndrew Anastasios29 July 2018 (2018-07-29)0.611[24]
Secrets are revealed as Jack Irish's investigation stretches to the colourful streets of Mumbai.
55"Episode 5"Fiona BanksMatt Cameron5 August 2018 (2018-08-05)0.738[25]
As Jack Irish gets closer to the truth, his investigation threatens to tear his world apart.
66"Episode 6"Fiona BanksMatt Cameron12 August 2018 (2018-08-12)0.727[26]
Jack Irish fights to unmask the truth, but will this fight for justice be his last?

ViewershipEdit

Episode Title Original airdate Overnight viewers Nightly rank Consolidated viewers Adjusted rank
1 "Episode 1" 11 February 2016 0.711[14] 9[14] 0.836[27] 6[27]
2 "Episode 2" 18 February 2016 0.682[15] 9[15] 0.812[28] 6[28]
3 "Episode 3" 25 February 2016 0.617[16] 11[16] 0.729[29] 9[29]
4 "Episode 4" 3 March 2016 0.581[17] 10[17] 0.676[30] 10[30]
5 "Episode 5" 10 March 2016 0.617[18] 11[18] 0.759[31] 9[31]
6 "Episode 6" 17 March 2016 0.673[19] 7[19] 0.838[32] 5[32]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ZDF website
  2. ^ "Jack Irish". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Guy Pearce To Star As Jack Irish In Two ABC1 Tele-Movies – ABC TV Blog". Blogs.abc.net.au. 8 August 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jack Irish Credits" (PDF). Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Knox, David (19 September 2012). "Airdate: Jack Irish". TV Tonight. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Knox, David (15 October 2012). "Sunday 14 October 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Knox, David (22 October 2012). "Sunday 21 October 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Barry Humphries joins third Jack Irish telemovie. TV tonight 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013
  9. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2014/03/airdate-jack-irish-dead-point.html
  10. ^ Knox, David (14 April 2014). "Sunday 13 April 2014". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  11. ^ http://tv.press.abc.net.au/jack-irish-series-world-premiere
  12. ^ "Free-to-air TV pick: Jack's back, but he'd rather just go to the pub". The Age. 7 July 2018. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  13. ^ "Jack Irish season two review – cracker cast lights up classy cloak-and-dagger stuff". The Guardian. 8 Jul 2018. Retrieved 16 July 2018. 
  14. ^ a b c Knox, David (12 February 2012). "Thursday 11 February 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c Knox, David (19 February 2012). "Thursday 18 February 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c Knox, David (26 February 2012). "Thursday 25 February 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  17. ^ a b c Knox, David (4 March 2012). "Thursday 3 March 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  18. ^ a b c Knox, David (11 March 2012). "Thursday 10 March 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c Knox, David (18 March 2012). "Thursday 17 March 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  20. ^ https://thewest.com.au/entertainment/tv/guy-pearce-gets-gritty-again-in-second-season-of-jack-irish-ng-b88877971z
  21. ^ Knox, David (9 July 2018). "Sunday 8 July 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  22. ^ Knox, David (16 July 2018). "Sunday 15 July 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  23. ^ Knox, David (23 July 2018). "Sunday 22 July 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  24. ^ Knox, David (30 July 2018). "Sunday 29 July 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  25. ^ Knox, David (6 August 2018). "Sunday 5 August 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  26. ^ Knox, David (13 August 2018). "Sunday 12 August 2018". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 August 2018. 
  27. ^ a b Knox, David (20 February 2016). "Timeshifted: Thursday 11 February 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  28. ^ a b Knox, David (1 March 2016). "Timeshifted: Thursday 18 February 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  29. ^ a b Knox, David (7 March 2016). "Timeshifted: Thursday 25 February 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  30. ^ a b Knox, David (16 March 2016). "Timeshifted: Thursday 3 March 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  31. ^ a b Knox, David (21 March 2016). "Timeshifted: Thursday 10 March 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  32. ^ a b Knox, David (30 March 2016). "Timeshifted: Thursday 17 March 2016". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 

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