Jack Taylor

Series 1 - 2. Jack Taylor: The Pikemen

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

In an episode first shown in February, our gruff Galway gumshoe returns to Ireland after spending a year in London to recover from last week’s case. At this rate, he won’t get many crimes solved. But Galway is a small town and, sure enough, the first suspect he questions on his new investigation is married to the old flame he was (partly) running away from.

It’s not the paciest of crime thrillers but Iain Glen makes Jack the kind of doleful, rugged character you want to keep watching and the story has the right kind of rough edges. Jack’s foes this time are a brotherhood of vigilantes who may have killed the son of a family friend. And despite his best efforts, Jack also picks up a sidekick, a doofus who dreams of being a private eye.

About this programme

2/5. The private investigator returns to his native Galway after a year away trying to cure his drink problem, with a plan to stay clear from the death and violence that has so often taken over his life as a private investigator. However, Taylor's resolve is tested when the mother of a man who has been murdered begs him to find the killer. The case leads him into the world of a vigilante group, and he finds himself the prime suspect in another killing. Thriller, starring Iain Glen.

Cast and crew


Jack Taylor
Iain Glen
Ann Henderson
Tara Breathnach
Father Malachy
Paraic Breathnach
Kate Noonan
Nora-Jane Noone
Cody Farraher
Killian Scott


Stuart Orme
Executive Producer
Ralph Christians
Executive Producer
Klaus Bassiner
Executive Producer
Wolfgang Witt
Clodagh Freeman
Marteinn Thorisson