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Mark McManus ...
James MacPherson ...
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Maggie Davidson
Paul Young ...
Colin Davidson
Vincent Friell ...
Tommy Campbell
Jimmy Chisholm ...
Malcolm McWhinnie
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Pat Connolly
Colin Gourley ...
Father Martin
Isabella Jarrett ...
Linda Abernathy (as Isabella Jarret)
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The discovery of a charred corpse in a disused railway tunnel sets Taggart on the gruesome hunt for a ruthless killer in an investigation with sinister undertones of black magic and voodoo. The wife of an arthritic dentist narrowly escapes a series of murder attempts, adding to a complex case for Taggart and his team. Written by Anonymous

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9 September 1987 (UK)  »

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DS: [grabs at victim as he almost falls into the quarry] Tommy!
DCI Jim Taggart: [sarcastically] Are you trying to make his day?
DCI Jim Taggart: [looks into quarry to see villain's car going under the water surface] Well, that's the easy part of it.
DS: [stunned] Easy?
DCI Jim Taggart: [grins] Now I have to go home and tell Jean she needs a new hairdresser!
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Taggart does voodoo.
16 April 2006 | by (Port Stephens, Australia) – See all my reviews

The episode opens with an attempted murder by an arthritic dentist on his disabled wife. Consumed with guilt the husband seeks absolution from a priest who then attempts to interfere without breaking his vows. Watch out for the wobbly heater over the bathtub which is genuinely suspenseful.

Meanwhile a photographer is murdered in his dark room and his body set on fire in an old railway tunnel. Taggart and Jardine must investigate a case that involves them in black magic and voodoo. Meanwhile the dentist continues to device plots to murder his wife and eventually comes to the attention of Taggart's wife.

The supporting cast is a whose who of British television. Annette Crosbie plays Maggie Davidson. She has been seen on everything from "One foot in the grave," to "Dr Finlay." Her murderous husband is played by Paul Young who made his name on Australian Television before returning to Scotland.

This episode sees Taggart and Jardine settling into a comfortable relationship that will last for some years to come. Watch out for Jardine telling his boss that he is a Christian. Priceless! All in all a reasonable episode. Not brilliant. But one fans will find deeply satisfying.


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