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Angel Eyes (21 Mar. 1996)

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The murder of a musician sees Jardine's team mixing with the gay community. When a second murder with the same MO is committed Jardine is forced to face his deep seated prejudice's to get ... See full summary »

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Robert Robertson ...
Ralph Riach ...
Gerald Gardiner
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Stephen Harding
Owen Gorman ...
Andy Swanney
Jackie Morrison ...
Suzy Carroll
Kinny Gardner ...
Nicki Garland
Kal Weber ...
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Ronnie McCann ...
Jamie Johnstone
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Angela Dryman
Kenneth Bryans ...
Derek Dryman
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The murder of a musician sees Jardine's team mixing with the gay community. When a second murder with the same MO is committed Jardine is forced to face his deep seated prejudice's to get to the truth behind the murders. DC Stuart Fraser realises his secret is no longer safe and is 'outed' by a former boyfriend. Written by Anonymous

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31 March 2006 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This story from the Taggart series, usually shown in three installments, is among the best of the period after Taggart's death when Mike Jardine is chief inspector. Set against the backdrop of a growing gay scene in Glasgow, the plot has Jardine and his team investigating a series of grueling murders of gay men sought out in the local clubs and bars. The images of the dead bodies, stripped down and washed before being abandoned, are haunting and stuck with me from the first time I saw the story years ago until I was able to catch it again in the past few days.

The plot is carried out in persuasive manner, with enough characters to let us doubt the identity of the murderer, and enough false clues for us to feel convinced of the wrong conclusions. Most of all, though, it was the engaging character drama of the story that impressed me. Mike Jardine has obvious problems accepting homosexuality and jeopardizes the investigation because of it. Young cop Stuart Fraser is gay, but hides it at work, indicating the prejudice still existing in certain strata of society. Detective Jackie Reed becomes a highlight of the story as she navigates the local gay community while negotiating the tempers of her male co-workers. Particularly poignant is the family drama of the first murdered man, who leaves behind his lover of 40 years and an angry daughter, who does not accept her father's life choices.

At the end, the plot goes perhaps a little too sensational for my liking, but I must admit it is quite effective. Despite the drama, the story does not omit the sense of humour which is a popular part of the British crime fiction. Like the series in general, these episodes have good acting performances, with special mention to Blythe Duff and to the young woman who played the dead man's daughter, whose name I can't find.


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