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The Code and Jack Irish will return to ABCTV in 2015

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Guy Pearce returns to ABCTV in 2015 with a new season on Jack Irish image - ABCTV

Guy Pearce returns to ABCTV in 2015 with a new season on Jack Irish
image - ABCTV

In a week that has been full of Budget Cut headlines, finally some good news as ABC TV confirming that Emmy award-winner Guy Pearce will return as Jack Irish in a thrilling six-part series, and the highly-acclaimed political thriller THE CODE has cracked a second series.

 Head of ABC Fiction, Carole Sklan, said, “We are delighted to be partnering again with two extraordinarily talented, award-winning creative teams in Essential Media and Playmaker. Both Jack Irish and THE CODE are landmark dramas that deliver hugely intriguing and exciting stories in a distinctly Australian way.” 

Things are on the move for Jack Irish in this gripping new series. He’s offered a scam that could cost him dearly, secrets surround an unexpected romance, and his mysterious new client goes missing before he meets her.

As well as a major crime story arc, the familiar endearing characters of Jack’s world remain committed to complicating Jack’s life at every turn. 

Based on the Jack Irish novels by Peter Temple, the series is written by Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios. Jeffrey Walker, Jonathan Teplitzky and Daniel Nettheim will direct the series. Series producers are Ian Collie and Andrew Knight. ABC Executive Producers are Christopher Gist and Carole Sklan. An Essential Media & Entertainment production for ABC TV in association with Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

"Jack's back. And aren't we better off for it!" says Essential Media producer Ian Collie. "It's great to be working with some old familiar faces again - Guy Pearce, Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron, Andrew Anastasios, and Jeffrey Walker.  Peter Temple's Jack Irish is one of the great enduring and inspiring characters of Australian crime fiction and it is a privilege and a thrill to bring him back again in an extended series format for the ABC.” 

If THE CODE’s Ned and Jesse Banks thought they could escape the political storm they unleashed at the end of series one, a little bruised but essentially scott-free, they are very mistaken. Serious charges flung their way are just the coercive clout the Security Committee's Nolan Daniels and his powerful allies need to conscript them into entrapping one of the most elusive players in the darknet. Jan Parke hosts an on-line bazaar of illegal weapons, drugs and dangerous ideas, and Jesse has the necessary skills to draw him out of deep hiding. 

The return series of this superb political thriller is again created by Shelley Birse, directed by Shawn Seet, and produced by Diane Haddon, Shelley Birse, David Maher and David Taylor, Written by Birse and Sean Cook. ABC Executive Producers are David Ogilvy, Greer Simpkin and Carole Sklan. A Playmaker production for ABC TV in association with Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.

“We’re excited at the opportunity to take Ned and Jesse’s story to another level, as they delve headfirst into the underbelly of the cyber world with consequences and discoveries which affect all Australians.” Playmaker’s David Taylor.