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S1-E1 Jack Taylor: The Guards

S1-E1 Jack Taylor: The Guards

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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.

Summary

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. Feature-length drama based on the character created by Ken Bruen, starring Iain Glen, with Ralph Brown and Tara Breathnach.

Cast & Crew

Jack Taylor Iain Glen
Sutton Ralph Brown
Anne Henderson Tara Breathnach
Kate Nora-Jane Noone
Sean Barry Cassin
Fr Malachy Paraic Breathnach
Lanpert David Heap
Ford Bill Murphy
Mrs Bailey Síghle Ní Chonail
Director Stuart Orme
Executive Producer Ralph Christians
Executive Producer Klaus Bassiner
Executive Producer Wolfgang Witt
Producer Clodagh Freeman
Writer Tom Collins
Writer Anne McCabe
Writer Ralph Christians
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