FOX UK is sticking with Jack Irish. The Fox International Channels backed broadcaster has closed a deal with DCD Rights to acquire the first full season of Jack Irish, which was commissioned by Australian public broadcaster ABC with a six episode order late last year.
Based on the books by Peter Temple, Jack Irish follows the eponymous character, a former criminal lawyer who now spends his days as a part-time investigator, debt collector, apprentice cabinet maker, punter and sometime lover. The drama series is being produced for ABC by Essential Media & Entertainment and stars Guy Pearce and Marta Dusseldorp. The first season will air on FOX UK in 2016.
“We’re thrilled to be premiering Jack Irish dramas first on FOX in the UK”, said FOX UK’s Head of Programming & Scheduling Toby Etheridge, who brokered the deal for Jack Irish with DCD Rights. “Compelling, entertaining and intelligent, we’re massive fans of the books and TV movies and can’t wait to see what’s in store for Jack in the new series”.
The acquisition of the Jack Irish TV series comes after FOX UK previously snapped up and aired the three Jack Irish TV movies between 2012 and 2015. It is also the latest scripted acquisition for FOX UK in the past few months following their deals with Sonar Entertainment for miniseries The Fixer and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution for Backstrom.