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A murderer is loose in Glasgow and a major police investigation is mounted to find the killer. But one by one the bodies of young women are found strangled in the city. The enquiry is headed by top detective Jim Taggart, a tough local cop who has risen through the ranks and one of the new breed of graduate policemen, Peter Livingstone. But despite their differences they work together breaking all the rules to hunt the killer before he strikes again. Written by Anonymous

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6 September 1983 (UK)  »

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Standard police procedural set in Glasgow
18 June 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Taggart (Mark McManus) is a working class detective who made his way through the ranks, he starts his day off called to the strangulation death of a young woman and is assigned a new Sergeant who is a bright young university graduate. The crime and its investigation (at least for the first episode)are reasonably well handled but not overly inspiring. The strong points for the show are both the authentic Glasgow setting and the characters, that being said the characters aren't terribly original but they are fairly well done Perhaps the biggest knock on Taggart is that visually the series does not look good; while accepting this was made 25 years ago it's still pretty bad. There are a couple of flairs of interesting camera work but for the most part it's pretty static and uninspired. The most glaring aspect though is the transitions from indoors to outdoors, indoors is shot on video and outdoors on film and the differences are huge. The interiors shot on video are particularly flat and uninspiring.

Another quibble is that there seems to be a deliberate effort to mislead the audience as to the identity of the perpetrator, and this is not something I appreciate in a mystery. It's one thing to put the audience in the same position as the investigator, but deliberately misrepresenting clues for the audience is another.

The accents will likely be a challenge for most not accustomed to them, especially (as typical for many British TV series) as there are no subtitles available on the DVD's.

The series started as a one off and based on its success was turned into a series.

The series continues to run to this day with 24 seasons completed, sadly Mark McManus passed in 1994 but the series has continued under the same title.


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