The discovery of two skulls at the site for a new by-pass road leads the team to a pharmaceutical company. Someone doesn't want the skulls identified and will go to any length including murder.





Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus ...
James MacPherson ...
Annie Gilmore
Dr. Nielson
Lorna Heilbron ...
Morag Nielson
Derek Amlot
Jeremy Young ...
Prof Hutton
Leone Connery ...
Christine Gray
Blythe Duff ...
Iain Anders ...
Robert Robertson ...
Harriet Buchan ...
Juliet Cadzow ...
Maureen MacDonald
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Angus Mackay
Colin Murphy


The discovery of two skulls at the site for a new by-pass road leads the team to a pharmaceutical company. Someone doesn't want the skulls identified and will go to any length including murder.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery



Release Date:

9 January 1992 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Did You Know?


Toward the end of the program, we are shown a tank of little, yellowy green frogs. The obvious intimation being that these are " Poison Dart Frogs ". In fact, the frogs shown were deadly accurate to the plot. They were genuine specimens of Phyllobates terribilis. One of the most lethally poisonous creatures known to modern science. The real deal. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of the best Taggart episodes
16 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jim Taggart, Mike Jardine and Jackie Reid investigate the discovery of two skulls and Taggart is very concerned that one of them might belong to a young woman called Janet Gilmour, who disappeared without a trace, four years earlier and been in contact with the young girl's mother, Annie.

The police are anxious for the skulls to be identified and turn to a renowned anatomy professor, in the hope they can be identified. However, someone doesn't want the skulls to be recognised and makes an attempt to steal them from the lab, but an error by the professor's assistant means the thief has failed in their task.

With the stakes high, the same thief then steals some poisonous snakes and spiders from a research laboratory. Somehow, the research laboratory's staff members somehow tie in with the discovery of the recent skulls and it proves to be a mystery for the police that only serves to become more problematic as time goes on. However, as the mystery slowly unravels, its a matter of life and death as the police race to stop the murderer before they strike again....

One of the best episodes of Taggart and an early outing for the outstanding Dougray Scott as Colin Murphy, who works at the local zoo. All of the other acting is decent and of a high quality.

Be warned, though, there are some genuinely unsettling moments in this episode, very notably the ending. Along the way, there are one or two very unpleasant moments, which adds to the tension, but is nonetheless disturbing.

Overall, it is a fantastic episode, which is basically a race against time to bring a hidden murderer to justice, having been in hiding for several years and seemingly vanished without a trace, right down to the gripping and disturbing conclusion, in which justice is more than served.

Everything seems to work in this episode really well and if you concentrate, you will be able to suss out who the culprit or culprits are, as well as the odd red herring, here and there.

This is T.V. at its very finest and hugely enjoyable. Those who are genuinely frightened by snakes or spiders, are in for an education. Something Glenn Chandler does very well, here. Obviously the animals used in some elements of the episode aren't the real animals, which, if you are experienced with animals, is obvious and understandable. However, its done with enough skill to ensure that some viewers are fooled into believing they're seeing the real animal.

Nevertheless, sit back and enjoy a quality episode of Taggart.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
ITV has axed Taggart andy_1976
Has Taggart been axed? andy_1976
I love the way they say 'murder' bkdsl
Favourite episode BerlinDancer
Is Mike Hot? kel_l342
can someone fill me in? merrypsimon
Discuss Nest of Vipers (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: