FOX UK Drops Australian Drama ‘Jack Irish’

EXCLUSIVE: It seems it’s the end of the road for Jack Irish here in the UK. FOX UK has dropped the Australian drama after airing the TV movies and the first season of the TV series, both of which starred Guy Pearce. A representative of the channel confirmed to TVWise that they don’t have any plans to air the second season.

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. A six episode second season aired on ABC in Australia last summer.

FOX UK, then known as FX UK, first acquired the Jack Irish TV movies in 2012 in a deal with international distributor ZDF Enterprises. Shorty after the fully fledged TV series was commissioned, FOX UK inked an agreement with DCD Rights for UK rights. Both of those deals were brokered by Toby Etheridge, who exited as FOX UK’s Head of Programming for a role at Warner Bros. International Television Distribution back in 2017.