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Jack Taylor Collection One

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 00:00
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Jack Taylor Collection One on DVDI commute to work courtesy of Britain’s railway network; therefore this gives me plenty of time to read novels. I like to read police procedurals which generally all have the same basic story, a gruesome murder is discovered and a police detective, generally with some ‘issues’ in his personal life is allocated the job of finding the killer.  A battle of wits ensues between killer and cop with the dogged copper emerging triumphant after a struggle either physically or mentally with the villain who generally ends up ever so slightly dead.

Jack Taylor is exactly this type of detective. We first meet Jack as he performs a high speed car chase despite his quarry being a government minister. The subsequent punch to the minister’s face is enough to have Jack thrown out of the Garda. Jack Taylor is something of a maverick, he appears to have no respect for authority, throughout this first story he is continually asked for his ‘all weather’ uniform coat to be returned, he refuses, even when visiting his former colleagues at the station he used to work at.

Once kicked off the force he becomes something of a private detective or finder, he is careful in his narration to tell the viewer that in Ireland being a private detective is akin to being a police informant and it is frowned upon in the wider community. However Jack does have a circle of local friends who look out for him. These include a local artist, Sutton, who helps Jack with his latest job.

A mother approaches Jack seeking his help in locating her daughter who has gone missing. Jack agrees to help search for the woman’s daughter and hopes he might also find the reason behind several apparent suicides in the local area involving young women of the same age as the missing daughter.

Jack Taylor is played by Iain Glen, most recently to be seen in the excellent Games of Thrones. His gentle Irish dialect is in contrast to his occasional brutish behaviour and stubborn determination, yet he remains a vulnerable character who is not as isolated and brooding as many similar stories would depict their heroes, Jack does not shy away from company. He does have issues, mainly with alcohol which does hinder him occationally.

Jack Taylor Collection One comprises of three episodes, ’The Guards’, ‘The Pikemen’ set a year later and ‘The Magdalen Martyrs’ set against a backdrop of the infamous Magdalen Laundries.

The city of Galway is depicted as a vibrant place, with plenty of colour. There appears to be a thumping nightlife with live music and Guinness to keep everyone entertained.

The camera work is fast paced giving the viewer no time to dwell on events, we must keep up with what is going on. Jacks narration and observations help to keep the story moving and gives us an insight into his thoughts and feelings on Ireland, the Garda and Galway.

Only ‘The Guards’ was available for review but I shall certainly be seeking out the rest of this series, and hope to see further books adapted, and perhaps I will be adding Ken Bruen to my list of police procedural authors who keep me entertained when the British railway network lets me down.

Special features include an interview with director Stuart Orme, Iain Glen filmography, Ken Bruen biography and a picture gallery.

‘Jack Taylor Collection One’ (2010)  is out now on DVD, courtesy of Acorn Media UK, with a running time of approx 281 minutes on three discs and carries a ‘15’ certificate, retailing for £25.99 or less from www.culttvstore.com

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