Taggart (1983–2010)
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Love Knot 

A body is dredged up from the bottom of the Clyde, setting Taggart and Jardine off on an investigation which takes them beyond Glasgow into the Scottish Highlands.


Glenn Chandler (creator), Glenn Chandler




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... DCI Jim Taggart
James MacPherson James MacPherson ... DS Mike Jardine
Jenny Runacre ... Countess von Aschenberg
David Robb ... Jack MacFarlane
John Michie ... Robby Meiklejohn
Nicholas McArdle ... C.I. Fraser
Shauna Baird Shauna Baird ... Susan Bryant
Ewen Bremner ... Jason
Hugh Ross ... Richard Smiley
Iain Anders ... Supt. Jack McVitie
Robert Robertson Robert Robertson ... Dr. Stephen Andrews
Harriet Buchan Harriet Buchan ... Jean Taggart
Stewart Porter Stewart Porter ... Ken Stirton
Peter Mullan ... Peter Lewis
Freddie Earlle ... McPhee


A body is dredged up from the bottom of the Clyde, setting Taggart and Jardine off on an investigation which takes them beyond Glasgow into the Scottish Highlands.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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1 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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John michie went on to play DI Robbie Ross eght years later See more »

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Death knot
24 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always adored detective dramas/mystery series. This has been apparent from an early age, half my life even, when getting into Agatha Christie through Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and David Suchet's Poirot and into 'Inspector Morse'.

Whether it's the more complex ones like 'Inspector Morse' (and its prequel series 'Endeavour') and anything Agatha Christie. Whether it's the grittier ones like 'A Touch of Frost' (though that is balanced brilliantly with comedy too). And whether it's the light-hearted ones like 'Murder She Wrote'. 'Taggart' is one of the biggest examples of the grittier ones, especially the Mark McManus years and the earlier James MaPherson episodes.

"Love Knot" is very good. Things feel more settled here, my only complaints being with it dragging slightly occasionally and the back and forth at the start not always clear, but what made 'Taggart' such a good show when it was in its prime is evident here. The characterisation here is meatier than seen previously, therefore more interesting with more development to Taggart.

Really like the slick, gritty look and the Scottish Highlands is like an ominous character on its own, as well as quite picturesque. The music matches the show's tone and has a good amount of atmosphere while the theme song/tune is one that stays in the memory for a long time. Really like Taggart and Jardine's chemistry here as always, which sees some priceless exchanges with them, and it is more interesting and settled than with Taggart and Livingstone.

As to be expected, "Love Knot" is thoughtfully scripted with nothing ridiculous happening and things being taken seriously without being too morose. The story is involving in its complexity with nothing being what it seems, making the most of the long length (have generally found the 2000s episodes too short and rushed) without padding anything out. Some parts are not for the faint hearted but nothing feels gratuitous and the investigations are compelling and with enough twists to stop it from being obvious. One doesn't predict the ending at all, which is clever and not convoluted or far-fetched.

Good acting helps, with Mark McManus being a suitably tough and blunt presence throughout and James MacPherson being every bit his equal. The supporting cast and chemistry don't undermine them in any way and are actually very good, Robert Robertson adds such a lot in every episode he was in and that is the case here. Interesting to see a pre-Robbie Ross John Michie as a suspect.

Altogether, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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