Taggart

Season 1 Episode 0

Killer, Part 1

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 06, 1983 on ITV
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A murderer is loose in Glasgow and a major police investigation is mounted to find the killer. But one by one the bodies of young women are found strangled in the city. The enquiry is headed by top detective Jim Taggart, a tough local cop who has risen through the ranks and one of the new breed of graduate policemen, Peter Livingstone. But despite their differences they work together breaking all the rules to hunt the killer before he strikes again.

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    Linda Muchan

    Linda Muchan

    Liz Boyd

    Guest Star

    Gerard Kelly

    Gerard Kelly

    Michael Boyd

    Guest Star

    Joan Scott (II)

    Joan Scott (II)

    Wilma McGowan

    Guest Star

    Neil Duncan

    Neil Duncan

    Det. Sergeant Livingstone

    Recurring Role

    Tom Watson

    Tom Watson

    Superintendent Murray

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    Harriet Buchan

    Harriet Buchan

    Jean Taggart

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      • Mark McManus, who plays Jim Taggart, nearly missed being cast in the series because he was only 5'9". There was a 6-foot height requirement for joining the Glasgow police force, so he would never have made it in at the height.

      • Series author Glenn Chandler got his inspiration for character names from the gravestones in Glasgow's Maryhill Cemetary.

      • When this episode was originally conceived, it was as a one-off drama for the ITV network, and in three parts (each 54 mins). At the time, there was no intention for it to be a precursor to a long-running crime series, as STV had no established track record for providing quality drama to the ITV network. 'Killer' was, and remains, a stand-alone police drama originally shot on 16mm and should not be looked upon as a 'Pilot' for the Taggart franchise, despite the similarities in casting that followed.

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