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Short summary

A former criminal lawyer is getting his life back together and now spends his days as a part-time investigator, debt collector, apprentice cabinet maker, punter and finding those who don't want to be found - dead or alive. When an ex-client wants his help, he lets it pass away. But then this guy turns up dead which forces him back into the ominous past he thought he left for good.

The two hotels mentioned, the "Prince of Prussia" and the "Hero of Trafalgar" are fictional.

Adapted from the detective novels by author Peter Temple, Jack Irish began life as three feature-length movies, before being adapted into an ongoing series, of which two six-episode blocks have been broadcast thus far.

Bad Debts, the first of the three feature-length movies, was watched by an average of 950,000 Australian viewers, ranking as the sixth most watched programme of the week.

Aaron Pedersen & Roy Billing have worked together on a number of projects:

  • Таинственный путь (2013)
  • Джек Айриш (2016)
  • Джек Айриш: Безнадежные долги (2012)
  • Джек Айриш: Черный прилив (2012)
  • Джек Айриш: Тупик (2014)

Aaron Pedersen (Cam Delray), Anthony Hayes (Vin McKillop) & Colin Friels (Garth Bruce) also worked together on Таинственный путь (2018) as Jay Swan, Ryan Muller & Tony Ballantyne respectively.

User reviews


  • comment
    • Author: Duktilar
    Let me first say I am not Australian, The island I originate from is on a slightly smaller scale, the Isle of Man!

    I have read all the Peter Temple books excepting 'White Dog', which I have been unable to get anywhere and was delighted to see that a couple of Jack Irish novels have been transferred to the screen and although I started viewing with trepidation it was soon dispersed as the storyline was spot-on and the acting by all was superb.

    The characters are portrayed exactly as I imagined as are the various locations are not far off either, especially the pub!

    Let us hope that more of the novels are transposed to the screen with the same exemplary skill of all concerned.

    Now I am off to feast on 'Black Tide'.
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    • Author: fire dancer
    Been watching the Tom Selleck/Jesse Stone detective shows and I recently ran across some reviews of Jack Irish. So I picked up the 2 flicks and watched the 1st movie a couple of days ago.

    The acting was solid. The dialogue was engaging. The story was intriguing. The cast of characters had quirkiness, depth & believability and it was action packed and includes a topless female reporter!!

    The accents & colloquialisms & fast moving plot had me pausing a few times to reflect on what was going on. I should pick up on the Ozzie talk after I watch a few more.

    I liked the 1st Jesse Stone movie a fraction better than the 1st Jack Irish movie, BUT the 1st Jack Irish movie is better than some of the Jesse Stone sequels.

    Jack Irish is definitely worth watching!!!
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    • Author: Kitaxe
    I love the Jack Irish novels but I was worried the TV adaptation wouldn't do Peter Temple's writing justice. I was so glad to see my fears were unfounded. The show captured the feel of the book perfectly, from the Fitzroy 'youth club', to Charlie the carpenter, to colourful racing identities and hapless and not so hapless crooks. Loved Guy & Martha's crackling chemistry. Guy's portrayal of Jack was just flawless - a slight sense of tragedy an more than a little darkness but not shutting out the world like some other tortured crime novel protagonists. There's a real sense of the Australian male: somewhat stoic, no-nonsense, capable, not beholden to rules but not rebellious for the sake of it, with a good dose of humour thrown in. What's not to love? It doesn't hurt that Guy is getting more sexy as the years go by.

    More than any other book I've read, Peter Temple's writing seems to capture the mood or feeling of Melbourne perfectly and I was so happy to find the same sense of place in this production. I can't wait to see more and will. Be re-watching this. This is such great television.
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    • Author: Xurad
    From the people behind Rake, Jack Irish is the latest TV movie from Andrew Knight from Rake and SeaChange fame.

    Guy Peirce is fantastic as Jack Irish.

    This would be one of the few series i would recommend to non aussies.

    if you like shows like rake, seachange and spooks as well as the edge of darkness.

    Such a great story, full of great characters, fantastic locations, flawless cinematography and direction.

    With 1 down and 3 more to go i will be keeping a close eye on Jack Irish's next adventures.

    10/10
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    • Author: Bele
    Rarely do I feel compelled to share my thoughts on a movie to other movie fans. A movie has got to be either really bad or exceptionally good. In the case of Jack Irish: Bad Debts, I am pleased to say that it falls into the exceptionally good category.

    First up I compliment the previous two reviewers, whose views I share, and who have thoroughly set out some of the merits of this production.

    This movie is outstanding in virtually every aspect. The actors are great. Guy Pearce is brilliant, as are all the other actors. No wonder, as they are all extremely experienced and each one manages to bring that little bit of extra depth, right from all the leads even down to the very minor roles.

    The script is great; even though the story goes through quite a few twists and turns, it was entirely believable and had me hooked in.

    The direction and technical side of things are first class.

    For Melbournians, there is that little bit of extra joy hidden into so many parts of the film, but these traits also add a nice background and feel to the movie, which international viewers will also enjoy equally as well.

    One of the best movies I have seen this year, either in theaters or on television. If you love a good yarn, don't miss catching up with this one. I give it 10 out of 10!
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    • Author: Umsida
    I watched this without being aware that it is based on a book. However, I an a fan of Guy Pearce and he played this role with his usual proficiency. The story and plot were solid and engaging, and the faint touches of humour gave a well-rounded polish to a low budget title which holds its own very well.

    The usual elements of a good thriller plot are there. The pub scenes were probably the best and certainly produced the most chuckles.

    If there was any complaint, it would probably be that Guy Pearce was too good looking for this role, and I felt that someone moodier and beefier might have done it more justice.
  • comment
    • Author: Jake
    Guy Pearce works beautifully with his large and superb supporting cast in Jack Irish while very much being the laid- back centre of the show. It a truly collaborative effort in terms of performances and the script allows for this by sharing around some fabulous dialogue and one-liners. Marta Dusseldorp seems just right as Linda, smart, determined but vulnerable too.

    The direction is sharp and thoughtful, the design for locations and sense of place is outstanding, plus the pacing, which I would have thought would have driven the script writers up the wall in condensing from the labyrinth plots of the novel, just hums along.

    Special shout-out to Roy Billing (Harry) and the wonderful Aaron Pedersen (Cam) as Jack's racing skallywag mates: the three of them operate seemingly effortlessly together in this first outing for Jack Irish, very believable. And they keep to that high level in all the subsequent episodes.
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    • Author: Matty
    This film starts with a hiss and a roar, which seems to fizzle out rather than go out with a bang. The acting is pretty good, with a decent story line to follow - also some funny one liners here and there.

    Too often it was difficult to keep up with who the main characters were talking about, as they often mentioned names of people we were expected to know, but didn't.

    Perhaps the film focuses a bit too much on the main character; viewing the story from more than one perspective could have given this film more depth.

    Found it interesting that all the leads he found during his detective work were more than eager to share information with a complete stranger, especially since the case he was digging up was a decade old and sensitive.

    Overall a good movie. Worth seeing once, but probably not again.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Guy Pearce Guy Pearce - Jack Irish
    Marta Dusseldorp Marta Dusseldorp - Linda Hillier
    Aaron Pedersen Aaron Pedersen - Cam Delray
    Roy Billing Roy Billing - Harry Strang
    Damien Richardson Damien Richardson - Drew Greer
    Shane Jacobson Shane Jacobson - Barry Tregear
    Vadim Glowna Vadim Glowna - Charlie Taub
    Colin Friels Colin Friels - Garth Bruce
    Steve Bisley Steve Bisley - Kevin Pixley
    Emma Booth Emma Booth - Isabel Irish
    Debra Lawrance Debra Lawrance - Jack's Secretary
    Fletcher Humphrys Fletcher Humphrys - Wayne Waylon Milovich
    Michael Carman Michael Carman - Eddie Dollery
    Simon Russell Simon Russell - Danny McKillop
    Sarah Roberts Sarah Roberts - Lorna
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