Guy Pearce will be returning to stateside telly this fall when Acorn TV premieres the second season of the hit Aussie noir thriller Jack Irish.

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Jack Irish: Guy Pearce as Jack Irish — Photo courtesy of Acorn TV

Acorn TV announced today its acquisition of the exclusive North American digital and home video rights for Season 2 of the critically-acclaimed noir mystery series Jack Irish.

The new six-part thriller stars Primetime Emmy® Awards winner Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce, L.A. Confidential, Memento) as the eponymous former criminal lawyer and current part-time debt collector with a habit of getting himself wrapped up in things he shouldn’t.

In Season 2, Jack’s life has hit a new low. His body is broken from too many beatings. Linda (Marta Dusseldorp, Janet King, A Place to Call Home) has left him. And with the racing world in turmoil, his local haunt, the Prince of Prussia, may never be the same again. So Jack has returned to the law in the form of mundane conveyancing.

That is, until he learns of foreign students at a disreputable private college dying under bizarre circumstances. His investigation leads him down a rabbit hole and Linda to India — unveiling a corrupt and complicit government in bed with a homegrown global enterprise engaged in the literal pursuit of happiness and its very lucrative benefits.

We’re talking manipulative pharmaceutical companies, corrupt educational institutions aimed at international students, and fatal clinical trials… each a part of a chain of events that will see Jack risking his life to uncover the truth.

Guy Pearce in Jack Irish S1
Jack Irish: Guy Pearce as Jack Irish — Photo courtesy of Acorn TV

Inspired by Peter Temple’s bestselling “Jack Irish” novels, the upcoming release of Jack Irish: Season 2 follows Acorn TV’s debuts of the three TV movies (Jack Irish: Black Tide, Jack Irish: Bad Debts, and Jack Irish: Dead Point — adapted from the novels of the same names) and Season 1 of the series over the past several years.

Reprising their roles for Season 2 are Roy Billing (Underbelly) as horse racing personality Harry Strang, Aaron Pedersen (A Place to Call Home) as Harry’s trusted off-sider Cam Delray, Shane Jacobson (The Time of Our Lives) as old-school detective Barry Tregear, Kate Atkinson (Wentworth) as IT guru Simone, Damien Richardson (Neighbours) as Jack’s former legal partner Drew, and Damien Garvey (Rake) as Prince of Prussia publican Stan.

Season 2 guest stars include Danielle Cormack (Rake, Wentworth), Tiarnie Coupland (Sunshine, Love Child), Jacek Koman (Jack Irish, The Heart Guy), Leah Vandenberg (The Letdown, East of Everything), and Tom Gleeson (Hard Quiz, The Weekly with Charlie Pickering).

Filmed in Melbourne, Jack Irish: Season 2 is made by Easy Tiger Productions for ABC with the assistance of Film Victoria. It is produced by Ian Collie (The Heart Guy), Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge), and Matt Cameron (Safe Harbour), and directed by Mark Joffe (A Place to Call Home), Kriv Stenders (The Principal), and Fiona Banks (The Doctor Blake Mysteries). The writers are Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron, and Andrew Anastasios (Wentworth), along with new writing team member Elise McCredie (Nowhere Boys).

This news follows Acorn TV’s recent announcements about the commissions of British crime drama London Kills and the second season of British mystery dramedy Agatha Raisin, as well as the co-production of Aussie comedy Sando.

Jack Irish: Season 2 will have its exclusive North American premiere on Acorn TV in early autumn 2018, soon after the Australian debut on ABC.

(By the way, the Acorn TV celebration of Midsomer Murders continues. Viewers in the US and Canada who become new Acorn TV subscribers by May 21, 2018, will get a 30-day free trial instead of the usual seven days to test drive the streaming service. To take advantage of the promotion, visit and enter promo code MIDSOMER.)


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