DCI Jim Taggart and his new partner, DS Peter Livingstone, of the Maryhill CID hunt for a killer targetting young blonde women.






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Series cast summary:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ...  Det. Chief Inspector Taggart 3 episodes, 1983
Alastair Duncan ...  Det. Sergeant Livingstone 3 episodes, 1983
Tom Watson Tom Watson ...  Superintendent Murray 3 episodes, 1983
Linda Muchan Linda Muchan ...  Liz Boyd 3 episodes, 1983
Gerard Kelly ...  Michael Boyd 3 episodes, 1983
Joan Scott ...  Wilma McGowan 3 episodes, 1983
Frank Wylie ...  Alec McGowan 3 episodes, 1983
Harriet Buchan Harriet Buchan ...  Jean Taggart 3 episodes, 1983
Gavin Brown Gavin Brown ...  Sgt. Blackman 3 episodes, 1983
Jimmy Yuill ...  Det. Constable Grant 3 episodes, 1983
Denis Agnew Denis Agnew ...  Det. Constable Collins 3 episodes, 1983
Anne Kidd Anne Kidd ...  Patricia Paterson 2 episodes, 1983
Roy Hanlon Roy Hanlon ...  Charlie Paterson 2 episodes, 1983
Mary MacLeod ...  Mary Ballantyne 2 episodes, 1983
Hugh Martin ...  Joe Ballantyne 2 episodes, 1983
Gerry Slevin Gerry Slevin ...  Tom Dalgliesh 2 episodes, 1983
Vincent Friell ...  Billy Dalgliesh 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Robertson Robert Robertson ...  Dr. Andrews 2 episodes, 1983
Geraldine Alexander ...  Alison Taggart 2 episodes, 1983
Bill Gavin Bill Gavin ...  Tiny 2 episodes, 1983
Mary Riggans Mary Riggans ...  Mrs. Ramsay 2 episodes, 1983
Stevan Rimkus Stevan Rimkus ...  Gordon 2 episodes, 1983


"Murder touches everyone's lives. Not just the victim." This offhand remark from DCI Jim Taggart will be proved right when a jogger discovers a strangled body of a young, blonde woman lying near a river. This will prove to be only the first, of potentially dozens, killed by a maniac loose on the streets of Glasgow. Among the people whose lives will be irrevocably changed are Charlie and Patricia Paterson, a bitter married couple who intentionally hurt one another by openly cheating with younger, better-looking partners; Liz Boyd, a newlywed who discovers her husband Michael has a sick fascination with the murders; Alec McGowan, a convicted rapist running a local store with his devoted sister Wilma trying to maintain a low profile; and that of DCI Jim Taggart himself, as the street-wise Glaswegian copper will have to learn to work with his new partner, public school boy DS Peter Livingstone in order to catch the killer before he or she kills again. Written by Mateja Djedovic

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Even though, Killer (1983) was commissioned as a one-off mini-series it was spun-off into one of the longest-running British TV shows, Taggart (1983). See more »

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Taggart before Taggart,rather good.
19 June 2018 | by ib011f9545iSee all my reviews

I picked up a pile of early Taggart episodes in a charity shop,this was with it but it is not really a Taggart episode. This was a mini series,Mark Mcmanus is Taggart in this but there is more too it than the average Taggart episode. I think there were a lot of average Taggart episodes. The plot in this is stronger than many Taggart stories and the Taggart character is shown to be more complicated than he often was in other episodes.

This drama reminds us that Glasgow has many fine green spaces but its depiction of Edinburgh is cliched. As an Edinburgh person can I remind writers that there are middle class people in Glasgow and poor people in Edinburgh. Of course readers of Ian Rankin know Edinburgh is not all middle class types like Taggart's sidekick in this.

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