Taggart: Season 4, Episode 2

Root of Evil (28 Sep. 1988)

TV Episode  -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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During the Glasgow Garden Festival the severed head of loan shark Willie Lomax is found in a blocked drain. He is but the first victim in what appears to be a serial killer taking out ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Mark McManus ...
Harriet Buchan ...
Robert Robertson ...
Iain Anders ...
James MacPherson ...
DS / DI / DCI Mike Jardine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leigh Biagi ...
Carol Brannan ...
Fanny
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Prospective Hostess
Emma D'Inverno ...
Julie Adamson
Stewart Ennis ...
George McSherry
Don Gallagher ...
D.S. Hind
James Gibb ...
Archie Cook
Jonathan Hackett ...
Bill Shires
Alex Howden ...
Libby
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Helen Lomax
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During the Glasgow Garden Festival the severed head of loan shark Willie Lomax is found in a blocked drain. He is but the first victim in what appears to be a serial killer taking out murderous revenge on loan sharks. Lomax's brother, his unhappy son and the boy's stepfather, however, may provide clues to take the investigation in a different direction. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Taggart and the case of the murdered loan shark.
12 April 2006 | by (Port Stephens, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Glasgow Garden Festival provides a dramatic setting for a series of brutal murders. Taggart and his sidekick, Jardine are called in to investigate when it appears that someone is knocking off Glasgow's loan sharks.

This is a well thought out and well written episode of Taggart. Throughout the episode I kept thinking "what were the writers thinking?" I imagine them sitting around comparing notes. We have had murder at the opera," "murder on the Clyde," and "murder in a butchers shop." Why not have a murder at the flower show? The end result is a clever story that ties together a criminal family, the flower show and a couple of rogue cops.

Fans of British TV will recognise a number of veteran actors who put in a solid performance. Kenny Ireland's credits include Hamish McBeth, Heartbeat and Monarch of the Glen. Celia Imrie's credits include Bridgit Jones Diary, Star Wars and Calendar Girls. Leigh Biagi is given a chance to play Alison Taggart. However, the producers must not have been pleased as she does not reappear again.

This is a good episode of Taggart. McManus is Taggart and fans will enjoy seeing him again.


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