Jack is engaged to find a missing person, only to be later framed for his murder. Jack is quickly caught up in a complex web of powerful vested interests that stretches from his home town of Fitzroy to a remote village in the Philippines.
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Guy Pearce ...  Jack Irish 16 episodes, 2016-2021
Aaron Pedersen ...  Cam Delray 16 episodes, 2016-2021
Roy Billing ...  Harry Strang 16 episodes, 2016-2021
Damien Garvey ...  Stan 16 episodes, 2016-2021
John Flaus ...  Wilbur 15 episodes, 2016-2021
Terry Norris ...  Eric 15 episodes, 2016-2021
Damien Richardson ...  Drew Greer 14 episodes, 2016-2021
Marta Dusseldorp ...  Linda Hillier 14 episodes, 2016-2021
Shane Jacobson ...  Barry Tregear 14 episodes, 2016-2021
Jacek Koman ...  Orton 13 episodes, 2016-2021
Kate Atkinson ...  Simone / ... 13 episodes, 2016-2021
Bob Franklin Bob Franklin ...  Brendan O'Grady 11 episodes, 2016-2021
Deborah Mailman ...  Cynthia 7 episodes, 2016-2018
Ronald Falk ...  Norm 7 episodes, 2016-2018
Ivy Mak ...  Cherry Blossom 7 episodes, 2016-2021
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Once a successful partner in a busy Melbourne criminal law practice, Jack Irish slipped into an alcohol-fueled depression after his wife was murdered. First he lost his cases, then his self-esteem. But after hitting rock bottom, he finally started putting his life together again and has become a part-time investigator. In Jack's first case, "Bad Debts," he uncovers big-time corruption in the police, the church and the state government. In "Black Tide," Jack helps out an old family friend whose son has gone missing - for a good reason. Starring Guy Pearce as Jack Irish, this TV movie series based on the crime novels by Peter Temple offers a collection of suspense-filled whodunits with a charismatic lead and charming secondary characters.

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Jack Irish is an Australian television drama series that first broadcast on ABC1 on October 14, 2012. See more »

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Follows Jack Irish: Dead Point (2014) See more »

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29 April 2016 | by tomsviewSee all my reviews

I loved the first three "Jack Irish" movies, they just went from strength to strength.

They formed a body of work that can stand comparison with the best in the crime/mystery genre such as "Morse", "Lewis", "Wallander", "Jesse Stone", and "Vera."

All share key ingredients that are even more important than a cutting-edge plot, the critical one being that the lead character must have feeling. It doesn't matter how tough or worldly-wise they are, these people know your pain. All the best ones understand human failings even if they don't always forgive them. Wit serves their characters well - not so much cynicism, but a knowing, world-weary wit.

The first three "Jack Irish" movies had those qualities in spades, plus unique, beautifully realised characters right down the cast list.

But I'm not so sure about the latest 6-part series. I think the extended format works against the tighter format of the movie length episodes. Where the filmmakers edited to fit 90-minutes, they now extend to fill 4-hours plus.

There are still clever touches and some very funny lines, and you can't fault the performances, but there are definitely some well-worn themes: a trail that leads to crooked politicians; ruthless multinationals; terrorists, and that old favourite of just about every series, the cult church with dark motives. Despite sub-plots going off in all directions, the principle that 'no one is introduced for nothing' is applied with a vengeance - no one is random, everything is connected.

Familiar elements added spice to the first three movies, but here things are perilously close to being over-spiced. Jack's buddies get a major workout with a lot more business to get through.

A factor is possibly the creation of more content for a voracious medium, but I can't help feeling that the six episodes would have made two more succinct movies along the lines of "Bad Debts", "Black Tide" and "Dead Point".

It will be interesting to see where "Jack Irish" goes from here.


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