Taggart (1983–2010)
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Murder in Season, Part 1 

Glamorous opera singer, Eleanor Samson, returns to Glasgow, her home town, to sing with Scottish Opera. She hopes to bring about a reconciliation with her estranged husband, John, but she ... See full summary »


Glenn Chandler (creator)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... DCI Jim Taggart
Alastair Duncan ... DS Peter Livingstone (as Neil Duncan)
Isla Blair ... Eleanor Samson
Martin Cochrane Martin Cochrane ... John Samson
Danny Hignett Danny Hignett ... Graeme Samson
Eileen Nicholas ... Dorothy Milner
Ken Stott ... Dr. MacNaughten
Andrew Keir ... Frank Mullholland
Ian McCulloch ... Donald Martin
Ronnie Letham Ronnie Letham ... Keith Brennan
Katherine Stark Katherine Stark ... Lilly Brennan
Dorothy Paul Dorothy Paul ... Olive McQueen
Douglas Sannachan Douglas Sannachan ... Jimmy Petrie
Harriet Buchan Harriet Buchan ... Jean Taggart
Iain Anders ... Supt. Jack McVitie


Glamorous opera singer, Eleanor Samson, returns to Glasgow, her home town, to sing with Scottish Opera. She hopes to bring about a reconciliation with her estranged husband, John, but she is furious to discover that there is a new woman in John's life - blonde, attractive Kirsty King. When Kirsty's body is found in the burnt out shell of John's boat, Eleanor Samson is the prime suspect. Jim Taggart, tough Glasgow detective and his smooth assistant, Peter Livingstone, fall out over the case. Livingstone believes that Eleanor is guilty; Taggart cannot believe that a woman like Eleanor could be a murderess. Is Taggart allowing his judgement to be clouded by Eleanor's fame and beauty? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

23 July 1985 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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DCI Jim Taggart: I imagine you were like that at school.
DS Peter Livingstone: You'll try to put me down once too often.
DCI Jim Taggart: I don't try.
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Night at the opera
31 July 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always adored detective dramas/mystery series. This has been apparent from an early age, half my life even, when getting into Agatha Christie through Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and David Suchet's Poirot and into 'Inspector Morse'.

Whether it's the more complex ones like 'Inspector Morse' (and its prequel series 'Endeavour') and anything Agatha Christie. Whether it's the grittier ones like 'A Touch of Frost' (though that is balanced brilliantly with comedy too). And whether it's the light-hearted ones like 'Murder She Wrote'. 'Taggart' is one of the biggest examples of the grittier ones, especially the Mark McManus years and the earlier James MaPherson episodes.

"Murder in Season" is very good for such early 'Taggart'. There is a sense of things still settling and not yet found its groove understandably, with it dragging slightly occasionally and the characterisation is not quite as interesting here as it became later, but what made 'Taggart' such a good show when it was in its prime is evident here.

Really like the slick, gritty look and Glasgow is like an ominous character on its own. The music matches the show's tone and has a good amount of atmosphere while the theme song/tune is one that stays in the memory for a long time. The opera setting evokes much delight and the relationship between Taggart and Livingstone is nice enough if still evolving.

As to be expected, "Murder in Season" is thoughtfully scripted with nothing ridiculous happening and things being taken seriously without being too morose. The story is involving in its complexity with nothing being what it seems, making the most of the long length (have generally found the 2000s episodes too short and rushed) without padding anything out. Some parts are not for the faint hearted but nothing feels gratuitous and the investigations are compelling and with enough twists to stop it from being obvious.

Good acting helps, with Mark McManus being a suitably tough and blunt presence throughout and the supporting cast and chemistry not undermining him in any way. Isla Blair captivates in particular.

Overall, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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