From Melbourne beers to gun-wielding baddies: what will Jack Irish face in his final hurrah?

From Melbourne beers to gun-wielding baddies: what will Jack Irish face in his final hurrah?

Has there ever been a gumshoe who looks as good in a cardigan as Guy Pearce in Jack Irish? Is there a more quintessentially Australian headquarters for a private investigator than an office situated in the back of a pub? And – if you’ll excuse a third rhetorical question – is there a more appropriate way to present Melbourne than in a grittily stylish series that opens with images of a person walking down a damp laneway, and a pot of beer poured from a tap? Created by Andrew Anastasios, Matt Cameron and Andrew Knight, and adapted from Peter Temple’s novels, the Jack Irish series has been going great guns since premiering almost a decade ago with the 2012 telemovie Jack Irish: Bad Debts. The down-in-the-mouth protagonist’s four-part final hurrah premieres this Sunday on ABC TV (new episodes arrive weekly, with all available on iView), which will mark a total of three Jack Irish telemovies (Bad Debts, Black Tide and Dead Point) and three TV seasons. The franchise benefited from transitioning to a fully fledged episodic format, with more space …
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