Taggart (1983–2010)
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Jardine and the team investigate a series of murky goings-on at a football club whose lack of success on the pitch is matched by an unaccountably high death rate among its employees.


Ian Knox


Glenn Chandler (creator), Peter Mills


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James MacPherson James MacPherson ... DCI Michael Jardine
Blythe Duff ... DS Jackie Reid
John Michie ... DI Robbie Ross
Colin McCredie ... DC Stuart Fraser
Robert Robertson Robert Robertson ... Dr. Stephen Andrews
Paul Barber ... Jimmy McEvoy
Dominic Mafham ... Alan Hamilton
Tony Roper Tony Roper ... Morris Murray
Brian Pettifer ... Sir Archie Drummond
Brian Cowan Brian Cowan ... DCS Brian Holmes
Yasmin Marley Yasmin Marley ... WPC Heather McIntyre
Susie Ann Watkins Susie Ann Watkins ... Sadie
Steven Cartwright Steven Cartwright ... Billy Driscol
Donalda Samuel Donalda Samuel ... Emily Driscoll
Robert McIntosh Robert McIntosh ... Walter Driscoll


Jardine and the team investigate a series of murky goings-on at a football club whose lack of success on the pitch is matched by an unaccountably high death rate among its employees.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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1 December 2000 (UK) See more »

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John Michie, Tony Roper, Brian Pettifer, Carmen Pierquaccini and Bill Barclay have all appeared in Rab C. Nesbitt. See more »

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Killer football
4 June 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Taggart' is overall not quite one of the classic detective/mystery dramas/series (have been a big fan of many of them for much of my life, and always get excited when something new comes along). Like to love a vast majority of the episodes from the Taggart (particularly so, more consistent, and Jardine periods while not being as enthused with the Burke era. Especially when the episodes became too short and rushed and when the cases became bland and tired.

"Football Crazy" is not one of the best 'Taggart' episodes, while also not one of the worst. Both extremes applying for both the Jardine period, the bizarre "Apocalypse" being to me the worst from this period, and of the overall show. It is a solid episode with the setting made good use of and better than the previous episode "Wavelength" (which was still not bad at all), albeit not a great or "killer" one.

A tighter pace, at times, would have been more welcome, particularly in the early stages of the episode.

While there is less of a running out of ideas feel than in "Wavelength" some of the execution is slightly on the ordinary side.

But there is really not much to dislike and a lot to like. The story is compelling on the most part, with the final solution not being a predictable one, and the subplots are written well and doesn't bloat or clutter the episode. There is a better balance of case and team personal life than in "Wavelength", while still making the team interesting. Also loved everything with Jardine.

As always for 'Taggart', "Football Crazy" looks great visually. have always loved the gritty, like-a-character-of-its-own Scottish setting, the moody colour palette that adds to the grit and the slick photography. The music fits well and doesn't intrude or feel dull, while the theme song is not one to forget. As to be expected, the episode is solidly directed. The acting is fine, with James MacPherson and Blythe Duff in particular being very strong as expected, as is their chemistry which was always part of the charm of the Jardine-era episodes, while Robert Robertson steals his scenes. The team work really well today and always love how they go about solving the cases. John Michie is settling well.

Intriguing is also a good way to sum up the writing, it provokes thought too and while a serious episode it doesn't take itself overly seriously too much or become too dark. There is enough to keep one guessing and a mystery is always great when there are no shortage of suspects and that's the case here.

Overall, solid but not great. 7/10

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