The BEST Episodes of Taggart

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2020

Network: STV (UK)

In the early eighties, Robert Love, Controller of Drama at Scottish Television, and Glenn Chandler, pathologist turned writer, created a Glaswegian police detective named Jim Taggart. A creation which resulted in a world-wide successful television drama that has lasted for over twenty years. With over eighty episodes currently in the can the series, which follows the exploits of Maryhill CID, continues to win over viewers old and new despite major changes in the cast which caused most in the business to write it off. Since the pilot episode "Killer", the only installment to not carry the trade mark name, to the most recently aired episode, the show has 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, that helps it remain a success even after all these years. The excellent cast, both present and past, have provided characters which 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 is now 20 years old becoming the longest running police drama on television the show is still as popular as it was when Mark McManus was at the helm. Taggart is made by SMG Productions and broadcast on the ITV network over the UK.

Skin Deep

#1 - Skin Deep

Season 17 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 14, 2000

When a man is found bleeding to death in a health club and two of the female members claim to have had intimate relationships with him, Reid and Ross uncover a world of health-obsessed women with dark and dangerous secrets. Meanwhile, Robbie Ross becomes the suspect of a corruption inquiry, and Jardine is forced to face up to his own mortality. Will Jardine's team catch the killer before he strikes again?

star 10.00
1 votes

#2 - Safer

Season 24 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 2008

A campaigner against domestic violence is murdered and the prime suspect is an apparently reformed man whose violent behaviour once drove his ex-wife to almost kill him in self defence. Although the team is able to build a solid case against him, the investigation is put in jeopardy when Ross suffers a moment of madness.

star 10.00
1 votes

#3 - Homesick

Season 24 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 2008

Zbigniew Lisowski, a Polish migrant worker, is found shot at the building site where he worked as a security guard. Hours later, the body of hotel receptionist Kate Booth is discovered - with strikingly similar gunshot wounds. When investigations reveal that Kate - aka Kasia - was also Polish, the team have to consider whether a racially-motivated killer is at large.

star 10.00
1 votes
The Caring Game

#4 - The Caring Game

Season 24 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2008

When the decomposing body of a young woman is discovered in her bath, initial enquiries at her workplace uncover very little. Reid does not warm to her estate agent boss, while Fraser discovers that she was gifting a significant amount of her less-than-generous salary to charity, but why would that make her a murder target? Meanwhile, Ross learns that his estranged wife is planning to emigrate to Canada with his son, and realises he has a tough choice to make between his family and the job he loves.

star 10.00
1 votes
Directors: James Henry
Writers: Michael Jenner

#5 - Lifeline

Season 24 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 30, 2008

When the body of a man is discovered in a garage with the engine of his car still running, it appears at first to be a simple case of suicide. The victim worked as a volunteer at a helpline centre dealing with potential suicide victims, and his wife is adamant her husband would never take his own life.

star 10.00
1 votes
Crossing the Line

#6 - Crossing the Line

Season 24 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 15, 2008

Preparations are underway for a new museum in the former mining community of Garsden on the outskirts of Glasgow. The museum will be on the site of a long disused coal mine, closed twenty five years before, just before the miners' strike. But when the shaft is opened up, two skeletons are found - a man and a woman in the same position as they died a quarter of a century earlier. Were they buried alive? Who are they? How did they get there - and were they murdered?

star 10.00
1 votes
Point of Light

#7 - Point of Light

Season 24 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 5, 2008

The body of a private investigator is discovered at the bottom of a local quarry. After learning from the victim's fiancee that he was working on the case of a missing woman, and had claimed to have found her, the team become convinced his investigation is the key to solving the murder.

star 10.00
1 votes
Double Exposure

#8 - Double Exposure

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 30, 1992

Racial violence or something more sinister? The Taggart team are baffled by murders with no connection other than a possible racial link. Or is it something not so obvious to the all seeing eye?

star 9.25
4 votes
Directors: Gordon Flemyng
Writers: Glenn Chandler, Stuart Hepburn

#9 - Babushka

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 4, 1997

The murder of a wealthy local businessman leads DI Jardine and the team to investigate an agency involved in supplying mail order brides and women to order. As Glasgow takes on somewhat of a 'Russian Flavour', Jardine, Reid and Fraser attempt to uncover the mystery involving the Anastasia Agency and who is responsible for the businessman's murder.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Derek Lister
Writers: Robert Smith
Death Trap

#10 - Death Trap

Season 18 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 4, 2002

The police are dealing with a bizarre case and as Michael Jardine seems to be one step ahead of his friends, it results in a tragedy that will affect everyone at the police department after they discover the truth.

star 9.00
6 votes
The Ends of Justice

#11 - The Ends of Justice

Season 27 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 7, 2010

Newly promoted DI Reid leads the murder investigation when a busker is stabbed to death in the city centre, but as the case progresses, Ross's life begins to unravel.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: Bill Anderson
Writers: David Kane
Puppet on a String

#12 - Puppet on a String

Season 21 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 6, 2005

Dr. Mellor is attacked by a masked assailant carrying a syringe full of lethal drugs. Dr Mellor points the finger at rival doctor Thomas Finn, but Finn has an alibi. Dr Mellor is found dead the next day. Finn again has a cast-iron alibi.

star 8.94
33 votes
The Wages Of Sin

#13 - The Wages Of Sin

Season 21 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 13, 2005

A Family returning from a funeral Discovers a Taxi Driver who has been shot in the head outside of their Shop which leads the Taggart Team down a dangerous trail.

star 8.83
35 votes
Fallen Angels

#14 - Fallen Angels

Season 27 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 2010

When three children and their father are found dead in a tenement flat, what initially appears to be an open and shut case becomes something altogether more sinister.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Bill Anderson
Writers: David Kane
The Friday Event

#15 - The Friday Event

Season 18 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 15, 2002

A student dies when he falls from a roof at a top Glasgow school and a journalist reveals that the death is drugs related. But then the journalist is found dead. He's been having an affair with the paper's editor who becomes chief suspect. When another student dies however, the Strathclyde team discover that a psychopath is on the loose, and he's been under their noses all the time.

star 8.67
3 votes

#16 - Grass

Season 25 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 30, 2009

DI Robbie Ross starts to feel the heat when Thomas Duffy, one of his informants, is brutally murdered, and the word 'grass' daubed in paint at the crime scene. Duffy's name appeared in Ross's contact book - which was stolen by a woman Ross took home with him. Ross knows he must speak up, but before he does, another name from the book turns up dead. Can he solve the case before his career becomes the next casualty?

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Ian Madden
Dead Man Walking

#17 - Dead Man Walking

Season 22 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 16, 2005

The team investigate the seemingly motiveless murder of a mechanic. Suspicion soon falls on his business partner, Tony Benton, but it turns out that Benton was in fact the intended victim.

star 8.67
3 votes
Running Out Of Time

#18 - Running Out Of Time

Season 22 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 4, 2005

Burke is shot whilst taking a break from work, and on the same day, another fraud squad detective's body is found by a colleague. When both victims' properties are searched, large amounts of cash are found, leading to fears of bribery. With Burke's reputation and life on the line, the race is on to find the perpetrator.

star 8.60
5 votes

#19 - Pinnacle

Season 23 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 4, 2007

When Terry Brogan, an alcoholic cancer sufferer, is accused of bludgeoning his wife to death, D.S. Reid finds it difficult to believe that he is guilty of murder, and she sets out to prove his innocence - despite compelling evidence to the contrary. But as the net closes in on the murderer, her irrational sympathy threatens to jeopardise the whole case.

star 8.50
4 votes
So Long Baby

#20 - So Long Baby

Season 25 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 19, 2009

Having clocked off work the night before his holiday, DI Ross finds an abandoned baby gurgling on a doorstep on his walk home. After ringing the doorbell but getting no response, Ross checks round the back only to discover a French window wide open and a dead man lying in a pool of blood. Are the baby and the victim connected? Ross calls in the team to help with the investigation.

star 8.50
2 votes
Nest of Vipers

#21 - Nest of Vipers

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 9, 1992

The discovery of two skulls at the site for a new by-pass road leads the team to a pharmaceutical company. Someone doesn't want the skulls identified and will go to any length including murder.

star 8.33
6 votes
Writers: Glenn Chandler
Silent Truth

#22 - Silent Truth

Season 27 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 17, 2010

When Iranian refugee Farid Mamood is burned to death, it initially appears that a racially motivated murder has occurred. But Burke is not so sure.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Bill Anderson
Writers: David Kane
Long Time Dead

#23 - Long Time Dead

Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 1, 1998

When a murder occurs at a hotel during a dinner for the police force, the hunt is on for the killer. When the husband of one of the hotel employees is also murdered the team begin to wonder what the killings have to do with something dark that is going on at the hospital?

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Alan MacMillan
Writers: Glenn Chandler
Cold Reader

#24 - Cold Reader

Season 25 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 20, 2009

A young student is abducted and her mother's psychic advisor approaches the team and claims to be able to trace the girl's whereabouts. As usual, Burke is more than a little sceptical, but when he finds that all leads seem to be going nowhere, he reluctantly attends one of the psychic's shows, becoming unsettled as she tells him things about his father no-one else could know. As a result he begins to wonder if there is more to her than initially meets the eye.

star 8.25
4 votes
The Hit Man

#25 - The Hit Man

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 17, 1992

n old friend from Taggart's past gets out of prison and the bodies start piling up. But is there some fishy business going on that muddies the waters for the Taggart Team.

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Mary McMurray
Writers: Glenn Chandler, John Milne