JACK TAYLOR

5.0

If you are a fan of crime dramas and Irish settings, you might want to check out Jack Taylor, a TV series based on the novels by Ken Bruen. The series stars Iain Glen as the title character, a former cop who becomes a private investigator after being kicked out of the Gardaí (the Irish police force) for assaulting a politician. Jack Taylor is a hard-drinking, hard-living, and hard-headed detective who knows the streets of Galway like the back of his hand. He takes on cases that the police won’t touch, often involving vigilantes, killers, and corruption.

The series consists of nine episodes, each based on one of Bruen’s books. The first episode, The Guards, aired in 2010, and introduced Jack’s main allies: Cody Farraher (Killian Scott), a young man who becomes Jack’s assistant and friend; and Kate Noonan (Nora-Jane Noone in series 1-2, Siobhán O’Kelly in series 3), a Garda officer who helps Jack with his investigations. The series also features Paraic Breathnach as Father Malachy, Jack’s confidant and source of information.

The episodes are set in various locations in Galway. The series showcases some of the city’s landmarks, such as Eyre Square, the Spanish Arch, the Claddagh, Galway Cathedral, and the Crane Bar. The series also filmed in Bremen in Germany for some scenes involving international criminals.

The series has received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, who praised Glen’s performance, the gritty atmosphere, the complex plots, and the faithful adaptation of Bruen’s books.

LOCATIONS & DIRECTIONS

Galway City

The Crane Bar

GALLERY

REVIEWS

Great show

January 16, 2022

The writing is good the acting is great and the setting in Galway is amazing!

Jamy
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