Jack Irish returns to Acorn TV for Guy Pearce’s final mystery

Australian crime drama Jack Irish is back for one last time as Jack Irish: Hell Bent premieres on Acorn TV (streaming from today with four episodes releasing Mondays through Aug. 2).

Guy Pearce (Memento, Mare of Easttown, and L.A. Confidential) stars in the title role, adapted from Peter Temple’s novels. In Hell Bent, Jack is forced to confront his past when it comes into his present and that includes the murder of his wife Isabel. Will he finally get closure or will this literally be his final case?

This last season brings back several key cast members who will be very familiar to fans of international crime dramas—Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King and its predecessor Crownies), Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road and City Homicide), and Shane Jacobson (Underbelly as well as Top Gear Australia). They play Jack’s ex-girlfriend Janet, his right-hand man Cam, and cynical cop Barry respectively.

With only four episodes this is the shortest Jack Irish season yet while also having to deliver a satisfying conclusion for all of the main characters. People who enjoy overseas crime dramas will want to give it a look just to see how this moody, often introspective story comes to an end, especially since Pearce has been playing Jack for almost a decade. Before it became a series, he starred in three Jack Irish TV-movies from 2012 to 2014.

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