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Ovation TV announced today that it will begin airing the fan-favorite, Iain Glen-starring, Irish mystery-crime drama series Jack Taylor next month. (Yay!)

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Jack Taylor: Iain Glen as Jack Taylor — Photo courtesy of Ovation TV

Based on the “Jack Taylor” series of crime novels by Irish author Ken Bruen, the Irish TV series Jack Taylor stars Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) as Jack Taylor, a hard-drinking, heavy-smoking ex-Garda who’s now earning his keep as a private detective in Galway. He takes on cases the Gardaí won’t. But because he’s burned a lot of bridges amongst the local coppers, he relies on help from newbie Garda Kate Noonan (Nora-Jane Noone, Hidden Assets, The Ipcress File) and his sidekick, Cody Farraher (Killian Scott, Dublin Murders, C.B. Strike), to get the job done.

Ovation TV will air all three season of Jack Taylor starting Saturday, December 16, at 7 PM ET, as part of its Mystery Alley destination. The episode schedule is as follows; note the back-to-back episodes that close Season 3.

Season One

  • Episode 101: “The Guards” (December 16, 7-9pm ET) — After a series of apparent suicides that have left four young women dead, a worried mother hires Taylor to find her missing 18-year-old daughter. But something about his new client makes the detective uneasy. While getting to the bottom of the earlier deaths, Jack discovers that the mother may have an ulterior motive for her search.
  • Episode 102: “The Pikemen” (December 23, 7-9pm ET) — Determined to restore law and order, a group of local vigilantes known as the Pikemen is meting out its own brand of rough justice on the streets of Galway. Taylor comes face-to-face with the group during one of his investigations, but soon ends up on the wrong side of the law himself.
  • Episode 103: “The Magdalen Martyrs” (December 30, 7-9pm ET) — Taylor is hired to look into past abuses at the infamous Magdalen laundries, the city’s home for “wayward girls.” The daughter of a former inmate wants him to track down a woman called Lucifer, a particularly brutal nun who worked there. In the wake of two execution-style murders, Jack realizes he’s not alone in searching for Lucifer.

Season Two

  • Episode 201: “The Dramatist” (January 6, 7-9pm ET) — Seven months after his mother’s stroke, and continuing on his path of sobriety and healthier living, Jack is called on to investigate the death of a female university student, who fell from a roof while dressed in theatre costume. A ring of paper around her wrist contains an apparent suicide note written in her blood, and Gardaí assume the death to be drug related.
  • Episode 202: “Priest” (January 13, 7-9pm ET) — Jack investigates the death of a priest who has been beheaded, and discovers the cleric abused two boys several years earlier. As more secrets from the church are revealed, Taylor drifts back into his old habits and discovers more of his own demons, along with the horrendous consequences the victims of the priest’s earlier abuse are still enduring.
  • Episode 203: “Shot Down” (January 20, 7-9pm ET) — When the police make no headway in the shooting death of a woman, Taylor volunteers his services to her grieving family. He believes the woman’s 11-year-old daughter saw the killer and may now be in danger.

Season Three

  • Episode 301: “Cross” (January 27, 7-9pm ET) — When a man is found crucified, Jack discovers that the dead man’s brother was responsible for the death of Nora Mitchell, whose family are in town and seeking revenge.
  • Episode 302: “Headstone” (February 3, 7-9pm ET) — It’s a race against time for Jack, who is searching for this former nemesis, Ronan Meyers, who has been kidnapped and held for ransom.
  • Episode 303: “Purgatory” (February 3, 9-11pm ET) — Jack is hired by a large software company to investigate the theft of valuable data.


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