Jack Irish: episode guide

Jack Irish: Black Tide

Telemovie 2
Sunday, October 21, 2012 (ABC1)
Ratings: 0.851 million viewers (13th)
Written by Matt Cameron
Directed by Jeffrey Walker

Life's gone pear-shaped for Jack Irish. He's back to takeaway Chinese for one after his girlfriend Linda abandoned him for a career in Sydney, a flashy Brisvegas type is muscling in on the racetrack action, and his cabinet-making still leaves a lot to be desired. So when an old teammate of his dad's turns up looking for help, it's a welcome distraction for Jack.

Des Connors' son Gary has gone missing, having nicked off with all Des's money. But sometimes prodigal sons go AWOL for a reason. As Jack begins to dig he discovers Gary was a man with something to hide and a very good reason to disappear — or be disappeared.

Finding Gary turns nasty when Jack pushes the wrong buttons at the headquarters of a national transport company owned by one of Australia's wealthiest men. Suddenly there are a disturbing number of faceless people in ill-fitting suits taking an interest in Jack's quest including Dave — an obsessive federal agent and head of a clandestine operation called Black Tide.

Meanwhile, Ricky Kirsch, a Brisvegas former horse trainer, is moving in on the turf of Harry Strang, Jack's friend and sometime employer. Ricky fixes races and hits on a dead man's wife at the funeral, but when he starts killing jockeys he crosses the line.

The body count in Gary's case is rising at an alarming rate. A missing webcaster, two overripe corpses in a long-term car park and a dead Fed who has turned to consommé in a water tank all point to one thing — Jack is in way over his head. It turns out Gary is a witness who could bring down a business empire and more. The race to find him becomes a lethal sprint. First prize — staying alive.


  • Guy Pearce as Jack Irish
  • Phetsmorn Inthavong as Thai Customs Official
  • Sombat Chamclam as Thai Customs Official
  • Nicholas Coghlan as Gary Connors
  • Lachy Hulme as Dean Canetti
  • Diana Nguyen as Thai Flight Attendant
  • Don Hany as Dave Gwynne
  • David Rock as Bill
  • Brendan Rock as Ben
  • Aaron Pedersen as Cam Delray
  • Roy Billing as Harry Strang
  • Brooke Robertson as Dougie Armit's Widow
  • Neil Melville as Ricky Kirsch
  • Allan Meggett as Funeral Piper
  • Gabriel Smith as Young Jack
  • Jasmine Lee as Jack's Mother
  • John Arnold as Jack's Grandfather
  • Damien Richardson as Drew
  • Bob Franklin as Brendan O'Grady
  • Ronald Jacobson as Des Connors
  • Terry Norris as Eric
  • Ronald Falk as Norm
  • John Flaus as Wilbur
  • Damien Garvey as Stan
  • Eddie Baroo as Tow Truck Driver
  • Cameron Ryan as Police Officer
  • Vico Thai as Lester
  • Rhys Muldoon as Rod Pringle
  • Martin Sacks as Steven Levesque
  • Marta Dusseldorp as Linda Hillier
  • Susan Yagnik as Bank Woman
  • Peter Berzanskis as Terry
  • Heidi Valkenburg as Ricky's Blonde
  • Christopher Castles as Bookie
  • Barry Mitchell as Bookie
  • Vadim Glowna as Charlie Taub
  • Shane Jacobson as Barry Tregear
  • Kate Atkinson as Simone Bendtsen
  • Sonia Bantos as Madame Zolta
  • Brooke Harman as Transquik Receptionist
  • Bernadette Schwerdt as Transquik Lawyer
  • Damian de Montemas as Transquik Security Guard
  • Salvatore Galofaro as Transquik Security Guard
  • Diana Glenn as Lyall Cronin
  • Alexandra Schepisi as Meryl Canetti
  • Georgia Steele as Canetti Daughter
  • Teegan Natoli as Canetti Daughter
  • Anton Berezin as Ray
  • DarcyPattison-Voumard as Graffiti Kid
  • Yvonne Fix as Post Officer Customer
  • Maurice Tornello as Plusone.com Guy
  • Daniela Farinacci as Glenda Painter
  • Cedric Williamson as Attorney General
  • Siros Niaros as Stunt Performer
  • Rick Tonna as Stunt Performer
  • Kent Clifton-Bligh as Stunt Performer
  • Chris Weir as Stunt Performer