Guy Pearce and Marta Dusseldorp will return to TV screens for a new season of Jack Irish, which will be made as a six episode limited run series to air on 2015, the ABC announced, also confirming that political thriller The Code will return for a second series, after both hallmark dramas received the greenlight for funding from Screen Australia this week.
Jack Irish: Dead Point was the most recent of the three standalone telemovies in the franchise that have aired on the ABC over the last few years. In the new series of the crime stories based on the Peter Temple novels, Irish is 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 characters of Irish’s world remain committed to complicating his life at every turn.
Essential Media’s Ian Collie is producing again alongside Andrew Knight. Collie said of Irish’s return. “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.”
The new series is written by returning writers Andrew Knight, Matt Cameron and Andrew Anastasios. Jeffrey Walker, Jonathan Teplitzky and Daniel Nettheim will direct the series. ABC executive producers are Christopher Gist and Carole Sklan.
At the same time Playmaker Media has been commissioned to make a second series of The Code, which will pick up where series one left off with Ned and Jesse Banks and Hani facing serious charges and possible extradition to the U.S. Those charges are used as leverage against the Banks brothers by the Security Committee’s Nolan Daniels and his powerful allies, who conscript them into entrapping one of the most elusive players in the darknet: Jan Parke, who hosts an on-line bazaar of illegal weapons, drugs and dangerous ideas. Only Jesse has the necessary skills to draw Parke out of deep hiding.
“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,” The Code producer, Playmaker’s David Taylor said.
The return series of The Code is again created by Shelley Birse, directed by Shawn Seet, and produced by Diane Haddon, Birse, David Maher and Taylor, from scripts by Birse and Sean Cook. ABC executive producers are David Ogilvy, Greer Simpkin and Carole Sklan. The Code is a Playmaker production for ABC TV in association with Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.
ABC TV head of 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.”
The two ABC drama s were part of a package of 11 TV series and feature films that received production financing from Screen Australia in its last round of funding for 2014 that will trigger $59 million worth of production.