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The BEST episodes of Taggart

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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.

Last Updated: 4/30/2022Network: STV (UK)
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Skin Deep
star
10.00
1 votes

#1 - Skin Deep

Season 17 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/14/2000

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?

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Apocalypse
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9.00
2 votes

#2 - Apocalypse

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/16/1997

A series of bizarre murders of opponents and ex-members of a religious cult have the team baffled. Each murder follows the Biblical plagues of Egypt, which according to the Book of Revelation will proceed Armageddon. There are more than fifty members of the cult, most of whom would kill if asked to do so by the cult leader, David Burns. Who is responsible for that?

Directors: Marcus White
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Death Trap
star
9.00
6 votes

#3 - Death Trap

Season 18 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/4/2002

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.

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Puppet on a String
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8.94
33 votes

#4 - Puppet on a String

Season 21 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/6/2005

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.

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The Wages Of Sin
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8.83
35 votes

#5 - The Wages Of Sin

Season 21 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/13/2005

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.

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The Friday Event
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8.67
3 votes

#6 - The Friday Event

Season 18 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/15/2002

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.

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Dead Man Walking
star
8.67
3 votes

#7 - Dead Man Walking

Season 22 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/16/2005

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.

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Running Out Of Time
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8.60
5 votes

#8 - Running Out Of Time

Season 22 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/4/2005

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.

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Nest of Vipers
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8.60
5 votes

#9 - Nest of Vipers

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/9/1992

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.

Directors: Graham Theakston
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Pinnacle
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8.50
4 votes

#10 - Pinnacle

Season 23 - Episode 4 - Aired 7/4/2007

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.

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Evil Eye
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8.29
7 votes

#11 - Evil Eye

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/4/1990

The death of a policeman during an armed raid in London in which a number of diamond thieves managed to get away with a large haul, is traced back to Scotland as DCI Taggart and the team have to contend with a gypsy's curse. When the matriarch of a gypsy family is found murdered in her caravan, the case takes an unexpected twist.

Directors: Haldane Duncan
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Long Time Dead
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8.25
4 votes

#12 - Long Time Dead

Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/1/1998

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?

Directors: Alan MacMillan
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The Hit Man
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8.20
5 votes

#13 - The Hit Man

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/17/1992

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.

Directors: Mary McMurray
Ring of Deceit
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8.20
5 votes

#14 - Ring of Deceit

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/8/1992

A research scientist is murdered by an unknown assailant but it soon becomes clear that she is another victim of a serial rapist - 'The Mechanic'.

Directors: Mike Vardy
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Users and Losers
star
8.17
6 votes

#15 - Users and Losers

Season 23 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/3/2007

A gambler is found dead, and it is discovered that he had thousands of pounds stashed in his flat, leading the team to suspect that he was part of an illegal betting scam. The wife of the owner then gets killed out riding and the investigation heats up further. Meanwhile, Burke is convinced that a former heroin addict and petty criminal has changed, until he is left with a decision to either arrest a killer or do a deal to catch a more major criminal.

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Atonement
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8.12
32 votes

#16 - Atonement

Season 20 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/3/2003

When Billy McCree is found dead in his workshop with his severed hand by his side, recently-released prisoner Jim Naysmith is the prime suspect for his murder - as the dead man's testimony had put Naysmith behind bars twenty years before. While Burke and Reid investigate another member of Naysmith's gang, Ross is flattered when law student Mary Cullen asks to shadow him, but Gemma becomes suspicious of Mary's motives.

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Penthouse and Pavement
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8.09
34 votes

#17 - Penthouse and Pavement

Season 20 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/7/2003

The months since Taggart's last outing have done nothing for DCI Burke's temper or his people skills. He's still a gruff so-and-so who shouts far more than is really necessary. Soon, though, he and his loyal detectives unearth some nasty goings-on. A famous horror novelist is found murdered in an alley the morning after a prestigious book launch. While attempting to quell the ensuing media frenzy, Burke and the team start to piece together the author's last movements, but initally their only lead is a drugged and confused prostitute with a memory problem. Soon evidence emerges that disputes the author's image as an upstanding citizen.

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Hard Man
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8.07
29 votes

#18 - Hard Man

Season 19 - Episode 1 - Aired 12/14/2002

DCI Burke and the team are called in to investigate the discovery of a mangled body in what appears to be an industrial accident at a Clyde shipyard. But when it is revealed that the victim was already dead before the accident, Burke finds himself dealing with a murder.

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Do or Die
star
8.00
3 votes

#19 - Do or Die

Season 22 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/9/2005

The team investigate the suspicious death of an army recruit at a training camp. D.I. Robbie Ross goes undercover in an attempt to understand the mentality of the regime that teaches young men to kill or be killed - before other deaths occur.

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Out of Bounds
star
8.00
3 votes

#20 - Out of Bounds

Season 14 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/1/1998

When a sixty-year-old skeleton is found in the grounds of an exclusive boys school and is linked to the disappearance of a school master in 1939 Jardine's team suddenly find themselves not only investigating the pre-war case but the murder of the master's successor. The 'old boys' network closes ranks but when another master is murdered the team are faced with digging deep into the past to solve this one.

Ghost Rider
star
8.00
5 votes

#21 - Ghost Rider

Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/16/2000

A charred body is found in a car, leading the team into a web of police corruption and cover-ups. Jardine, Reid, Fraser and Ross investigate.

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The Thirteenth Step
star
8.00
5 votes

#22 - The Thirteenth Step

Season 23 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/17/2007

Ex-con Eddie Monroe is found stabbed in a Govan alleyway. Burke meets Angus Ford - a retired police officer who was responsible for Monroe's arrest and subsequent convictions - who remains adamant that Monroe was a bad man who deserved to die. But who was his killer? All roads keep leading back to old acquaintance Daniel Tulloch and his family. In the course of uncovering the truth Burke is forced to face some demons of his own.

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Safer
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8.00
2 votes

#23 - Safer

Season 24 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/3/2008

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.

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Homesick
star
8.00
2 votes

#24 - Homesick

Season 24 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/8/2008

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.

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The Caring Game
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8.00
2 votes

#25 - The Caring Game

Season 24 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/14/2008

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.

Directors: James Henry
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