Taggart: Season 25, Episode 5

Fact and Fiction (24 Dec. 2009)

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Three years earlier Jimmy Melville's corpse was found floating in a river. His mobile phone was sold on e-bay and at one time had been in the possession of Mark Joffe, a part-time English ... See full summary »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Blythe Duff ...
John Michie ...
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Mark Joffe
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Phyllis Wade
Jimmy Yuill ...
DCI Wilson
Rob Drummond ...
Shop Owner
Mairi Morrison ...
Jane Melville
Susan Coyle ...
Anne Scoular
Alan McHugh ...
ACC Strathairn
Charlene Boyd ...
Desk Sergeant
Puja Panchkoty ...
Female Student
Scott Hoatson ...
Brian McFarlane
Inga Stewart ...
Shop Assistant
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Three years earlier Jimmy Melville's corpse was found floating in a river. His mobile phone was sold on e-bay and at one time had been in the possession of Mark Joffe, a part-time English lecturer and crime writer, whose new novel 'Chaos' describes a murder identical to Melville's. He is an arrogant, evasive interviewee but he once had an affair with an Anne Scoular, to whom he was violent and threatening after she left him for Jimmy Melville.This gives Burke's team an opening, as does the cooperation of an older female colleague spurned by Joffe. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Taggart meets Cold Case
17 January 2010 | by (Port Stephens, Australia) – See all my reviews

While investigating credit card fraud, Reid and Ross raid a mobile shop for cloning cards and come across a mobile phone that belonged to James Melville, who was murdered three years previous.

The phone was sold by Brian McFarlane on Ebay. McFarlane points the investigators to Phyllis Wade, who claims the phone came from lost property at the University. However, we see that the phone came from Mark Joffe who is having an affair with Wade. Joffe has also written a novel that details a murder identical to the cold case the team is investigating.

The original detective, DCI Wilson, believes Joffe is a serial murderer as several other murders took place at the same time and place as the author's travels abroad. As the investigation continues DCI Burke uncovers an affair that links Melville to Joffe.

This is a well written episode with one weakness. The story comes to an abrupt end when the murderer is caught in a sting.


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