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Welcome to the Taggart guide at TV.com.

In the early 1980s, Robert Love, Controller of Drama at Scottish Television, and Glenn Chandler, pathologist-turned-writer, created a Glaswegian police detective named Jim Taggart, a creation that resulted in a world-wide successful television drama that lasted for twenty-seven years. Over the course of 110 stories the series, which followed the exploits of Maryhill CID, continued to win over viewers old and new despite major changes in the cast which caused most in the business to write it off. From the pilot broadcast, "Killer", to the final episode, the show presented more grizzly murders and plot twists than even the most ardent of fans can remember. Its film noir quality, along with the stunning setting of Glasgow, the second city of the empire, helped it remain a success even after the death of the titular character. The excellent cast, both past and present, have provided characters that have become much loved and remain in the hearts of fans even after their departure. This guide is dedicated to the memories of Mark McManus, Iain Anders, Robert Robertson and Tom Watson.

Taggart was made by Scottish Television (later Scottish Media Group) Productions and broadcast on the ITV network across the UK. In 2010, with ITV assessing their output due to financial issues, the show was at risk of being cancelled. The two broadcasters agreed a co-production arrangement for the next series, which was broadcast first on STV, and later aired in the rest of the UK on ITV1. However, despite the new format and the series' continuing popularity in Scotland, viewing figures across the rest of the UK were disappointing, and ITV announced in May 2011 that it had decided not to commission any further series.


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  • Mark McManus

    Mark McManus

    Det. Chief Inspector Jim Taggart [ 1983 - 1995 ]

    James MacPherson

    James MacPherson

    D.C./D.S./D.I./D.C.I. Mike Jardine [ 1987 - 2002 ]

    Blythe Duff

    Blythe Duff

    WPC/DC/DS/DI Jackie Reid [ 1990 - 2010 ]

    John Michie

    John Michie

    DI Robbie Ross [ 1998 - 2010 ]

    Alex Norton

    Alex Norton

    DCI Matt Burke [ 2002 - 2010 ]

    Colin McCredie

    Colin McCredie

    DC Stuart Fraser [ 1995 - 2010 ]

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    • Taggart is a great show

      Taggart is one of the best, i not the best - a very real crime drama set in the heart of Glasgow that never fails to satisfy. It has been on the air for many years but has never lost its appeal right enough. I live in Glasgow's sunnier side, and its always great to see places I know on the tele ha ha ha. Fans of Taggart should look out for meaty new Glasgow crime drama series "Ninety Eight Percent" thats on the way and sure to be a big hit - www.myspace.com/ninetyeightpercentseries, its pilot was a success and the series is coming soon in 2009. Ninety Eight Percent, like Taggart, is a hard hitting crime drama, this time, from the point of view of the criminals - bringing us one step closer to those we fear on the streets at night. Lots of laughs too from the neds. There's a good promo for the series online and some behind the scenes stuff, well worth checking out if you get the chance.

      Taggart, may forever it continue! Great show! Great cast! Great writing! No wonder it was top of the STV top 30 shows of all time!moreless
    • Taggart is a gritty crime drama set in Glasgow, Scotland. It has been on the air for many years but has never lost its appeal. Most of the action takes place on the streets of Glasgow in this hard hitting, gritty drama.moreless

      Taggart is an excellent show which has, in my opinion, stood the test of time. From its first airing many years ago when Jim Taggart was top dog to the present day, it remains one of the most realistic crime dramas on UK television. Although characters have come and gone during its life span the essence of the show has remained the same. Not only are the story lines original and entertaining but the characters' stories hold the viewers attention as well. Their relationships with one another add that something extra to the show. The story lines in Taggart range from the investigation of the seedy world of Glasgow's drug gangs to the emotional portrayal of family feuds and misplaced loyalties. All in all a great show which is well worth a look.moreless
    • taggart has to be one of the best crime dramas ever. the mix of characters, strong stories makes it a pleasure to watch every time.

      taggart has to be one of my favourite crime dramas of all time.

      i was not a watcher during the early years, but have watched from when robbie, jackie and stewart have been on the beat.

      who can forget classic storylines such as the will they wont they thing going on between jackie and robbie. and what i think was the saddest episode to date - the death of mike jardine.
    • taggart has now ended but we here are getting the last eps always good and raw

      for years it has always been excellent the characters have always given there best it was a sad day when mcmanus passed away but it carried on in the best english /scottish tradition the new ones Wired excellent/silenty witness/spooks all great /and all law and order [usa]and the csi all great
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