Claudia Karvan and Marcus Graham have signed to star alongside Guy Pearce in the next installment of Jack Irish.

After three successful telemovies, Jack Irish returns in an expanded six-part series format and sees the return of regulars Marta Dusseldorp, Shane Jacobson, Aaron Pedersen and Roy Billing.

In this new series, Jack’s mysterious new client goes missing before he meets her and he is soon caught up in a murderous web of powerful vested interests, that stretches from his home town turf of Fitzroy to a remote village in Mindanao, Philippines.

Series producer Ian Collie of Essential Media & Entertainment said “It is comforting to be back in Jack’s world again with his close and loyal mates like punters Harry and Cam; the on-again, off-again relationship with journo Linda; Charlie the grumpy German cabinetmaker; and of course the Fitzroy Youth Club who still remain firmly welded to their stools at the Prince of Prussia pub. But the outside modern world, with its sinister and corrupt dealings, will drag Jack back into its vortex. And Jack has never been good with the modern world.”

The series starts production in Melbourne on August 10 and will air on ABC TV next year.

Carole Sklan, ABC TV’s Head of Fiction said, “It’s a dangerous world. We’ve missed the dry humour, disarming charm and eccentric characters of Jack Irish. We are delighted to have Guy Pearce and the brilliant Jack Irish team creating a major new drama series for the ABC”.

Jack Irish is a spinoff from the telemovies Bad Debts, Black Tide and Dead Point and is written by Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios. Series directors are Kieran Darcy Smith, Mark Joffe and Daniel Nettheim.

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