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"Taggart" Hostile Witness (1990)

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Taggart does politics.

Author: bethwilliam from Port Stephens, Australia
21 April 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is a very typical episode of Mark McManus' Taggart. The opening scene is the sound of a woman being strangled. Then we cut to a political meeting discussing capital punishment. The murdered woman turns out to be the wife of an unemployed man who has reached breaking point. Taggart immediately solves the murder and it is obvious this is not the main story.

Then we see a business man leaving a pub and running over a cyclist. He panics and bludgeons the victim to death. Just when Taggart is at a dead end a phone call causes the murderer to outsmart himself and before Taggart can arrest him he commits suicide.

Meanwhile Taggart is being hampered by a psychiatric patient who continues to confess after each murder.

The story line does not really take off until half way through the episode when the candidate for election and her agent are found murdered after leaving a rally. The episode has a political theme with Taggart's wife running for the Disabled Party.

Watch out for Robert Carlyle who plays the candidate in waiting. It is amazing how many stars kick started their careers with an appearance on Taggart. Carlyle is best remembered for "The full Monty" and "Hamish Macbeth." This is not the best episode of Taggart. However, McManus is Taggart and that is a good enough reason to watch it.

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