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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Jack Taylor: Set 1'
(Iain Glen, et al / 3-DVD / NR / (2010) 2013 / Acorn Media)

Overview: Self-destructive, pigheaded, and overfond of the bottle, Jack Taylor (Iain Glen, 'Game of Thrones') is a forty-something ex-cop trying to earn a living as a private detective in his native Galway. Taylor has burned a lot of bridges, but he still has a knack for uncovering ugly truthes.

DVD Verdict: The series, 'Jack Taylor' is one of those that, from the off, you don't quite know where it's set - or what accent he has! Sure you figure it out sooner than later, but then you have to statrt to love, to believe in, to care about the character of Taylor. He's a rough, raw, rude, bigot of an unkept thug, which is one reason why he was forced out of the Garde.

Coming back to Galway since those days in 'The Pikemen,' he is reluctantly drawn back by a friend of his late-father's who has a letter that Jack needs to read. Jack now has something to look into and soon discovers a vigilante group of guys taking justice into their own hands. Although the tale twists and turns, the outcome is inevitable and yet still it manages to provide one very powerful, shocking ending.

In the second episode, 'The Guards,' we see how Taylor lost his job, before a young kid attaches himself to him - much like a Dr. Watson to his Sherlock. He resists at first, but soon the kid proves himself and suddenly they are a double act. Add to that Taylor has an "inside woman" at the Garde and his team is created. This mystery centers around a young girls body that washes up on the shore line - as had several before it. Tyalor has an old friend, a painting buddy who has an exhibition on the go, but he still manages to find the time to aid his old mate along the way. The real whodunnit is quite obvious from the off, sadly, but it's well played out.

In the last episode, 'The Magdalen Martyrs,' we're into the action right off as a young lad out from the pub at night is shot execution style in the back of the head. A story that revolves around an old Hostel run by the Church and Nuns therein, suddenly his own mother is centrestage of the plot! With people, Priests and even Garde all asking Taylor to back off he does the only thing he knows best - he pushes onwards, and hard. These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the special features of Photo Galleries for each mystery.