Jack Taylor

Series 1 - 1. Jack Taylor: The Guards

Jack Taylor: The Guards
Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

The first of three feature-length crime dramas based on Ken Bruen’s books introduces Iain Glen, forever patrolling the city’s streets in unbuttoned great coat and two-day beard, as a dishevelled Galway gumshoe.

Having left the Guards (the Irish police force) because he punched
a minister for speeding, Jack sets himself up as a finder, a seeker of lost people and a pursuer of lost causes. Whereupon a glamorous female client hires him to hunt for her teenage daughter. Is the girl’s fate connected to the teenage suicides that keep washing up on the city’s riverfront?

It’s a leisurely procedural but the Galway setting and the splendid cast of supporting roles (tramps, landlords, priests) give it plenty of character. Plus, Ralph Brown adds an edge to things as Taylor’s best friend – a painter with a colourful past.

About this programme

1/5. The first of three feature-length dramas based on Ken Bruen's novels. Former garda Jack Taylor investigates the disappearance of a woman's teenage daughter, a task that leads him into the underworld of Galway City. When four bodies turn up in the river and Jack's favourite barman dies in mysterious circumstances, everything he believes in begins to unravel - making him question those closest to him. Starring Iain Glen, with Ralph Brown and Tara Breathnach.

Cast and crew


Jack Taylor
Iain Glen
Ralph Brown
Anne Henderson
Tara Breathnach
Nora-Jane Noone
Barry Cassin
Fr Malachy
Paraic Breathnach
David Heap
Bill Murphy
Mrs Bailey
Síghle Ní Chonail


Stuart Orme
Executive Producer
Ralph Christians
Executive Producer
Klaus Bassiner
Executive Producer
Wolfgang Witt
Clodagh Freeman
Tom Collins
Anne McCabe
Ralph Christians