Taggart (1983–2010)
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Murder in Season 

Glamorous opera singer, Eleanor Samson, returns to Glasgow, her home town, to sing with Scottish Opera. She hopes to bring about a reconciliation with her estranged husband, John, but she ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus ...
DCI Jim Taggart
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DS Peter Livingstone (as Neil Duncan)
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Eleanor Samson
Martin Cochrane ...
John Samson
Danny Hignett ...
Graeme Samson
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Dorothy Milner
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Dr. MacNaughten
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Frank Mullholland
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Donald Martin
Ronnie Letham ...
Keith Brennan
Katherine Stark ...
Lilly Brennan
Dorothy Paul ...
Olive McQueen
Douglas Sannachan ...
Jimmy Petrie
Harriet Buchan ...
Jean Taggart
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Supt. Jack McVitie
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Glamorous opera singer, Eleanor Samson, returns to Glasgow, her home town, to sing with Scottish Opera. She hopes to bring about a reconciliation with her estranged husband, John, but she is furious to discover that there is a new woman in John's life - blonde, attractive Kirsty King. When Kirsty's body is found in the burnt out shell of John's boat, Eleanor Samson is the prime suspect. Jim Taggart, tough Glasgow detective and his smooth assistant, Peter Livingstone, fall out over the case. Livingstone believes that Eleanor is guilty; Taggart cannot believe that a woman like Eleanor could be a murderess. Is Taggart allowing his judgement to be clouded by Eleanor's fame and beauty? Written by Anonymous

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23 July 1985 (UK)  »

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Taggart goes to the opera.
28 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Eleanor Samson returns to her home town of Glasgow to sing with the opera. She also hopes to be reunited with her estranged husband, John, but finds he has taken up with blonde bombshell, Kirsty King. When "the other woman" is found murdered in John's burnt out boat Eleanor Sampson immediately becomes the prime suspect.

This episode develops the relationship between Taggart and Livingstone and the simmering tension we have seen beneath the surface comes to the boil. There have been some interesting partnerships over the years. Sherlock Holmes and Watson; Morse and Lewis; Starsky and Hutch come to mind. This one is enjoyable, however it is not until Jardine comes on the scene in later episodes that we see the father son relationship that we have become comfortable with.

Isla Blair shines in this episode and we can see why she is so popular in British television. She would later return in 1994 to appear in Taggart again in a different role.

Taggart is now available on DVD and its popularity continues to increase. Much is made of Mark McManus' wooden acting. However, there is something realistic about his tough exterior and blunt humour.

This is a good episode and typical of the series.


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