Taggart (1983–2010)
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Death Comes Softly Part One 

Taggart and Jardine are called to investigate the murders of elderly residents.


Laurence Moody


Glenn Chandler (creator), Julian Jones




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... Jim Taggart
James MacPherson James MacPherson ... Mike Jardine
Blythe Duff ... WPC Reid
Iain Anders ... Supt. McVitie
Eve Pearce Eve Pearce ... Sophie McQueen
David Rintoul ... Alistair Balmain
Mandy Matthews Mandy Matthews ... Pauline Atkin
Joanne Bett Joanne Bett ... Fiona Clunie
Alec Westwood Alec Westwood ... Pete McCulloch
Barbara Horne Barbara Horne ... Margaret Cowan
Bill Leadbitter Bill Leadbitter ... Ronnie Blacklock
Fletcher Mathers Fletcher Mathers ... Lillias Blacklock
Phyllida Hewat ... Dame Elizabeth Friel
Norman Eshley ... Commander Gunner
Georgine Anderson ... Lena Henderson


Taggart and Jardine are called to investigate the murders of elderly residents.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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3 December 1990 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


This episode was the beginning of a virtual 'job-for-life' for Blythe Duff, who first appeared here as Jackie Reid, a role she kept for the rest of the series. The 'Taggart' figure may change but WPC/DC/DS Reid keeps con going after more than 25 years, longer than most TV series last. See more »

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"Oh Gawd, policewomen!"
5 April 2006 | by bethwilliamSee all my reviews

When an elderly man is found murdered in his home Taggart and Jardine suspect the daughter and her husband. Then another elderly person is murdered and the detectives struggle to find a connection. Eventually a Post Office worker who also moonlights in a retirement home comes to their attention.

This episode introduces Blythe Duff as policewomen Reid who is still with the series today.

The reason I like Taggart is because the story lines are always original and you never see the solution till the very end. The characters are also likable and in this case Reid and Jardine take on a brother/sister role which is refreshing.

Watch out for Jardine and Reid singing in the same church choir.

Perhaps the only unpleasant aspect to Taggart is I am now beginning to wonder if Glasgow is not the most crime ridden city on the planet. By episode 16 the body count has reached 50. That must be some kind of a record.

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