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Fatal Inheritance 

When Dr Janet Napier walks free from court on a "Not Proven" verdict, Taggart begins a more personal investigation. However as more murders are commited Taggart must admit that even he might have been wrong about the good doctors guilt.

Director:

Alan Macmillan

Writers:

Glenn Chandler (creator), Glenn Chandler
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... James Taggart
Hannah Gordon ... Dr. Janet Napier
Francis Matthews ... Dr. Gerald Napier
Caroline Hunnisett Caroline Hunnisett ... Belinda Napier
Scott Cleverdon ... Jeremy Napier
Blythe Duff ... Det. Sgt. Jackie Reid
James MacPherson James MacPherson ... DS / DI / DCI Mike Jardine
Iain Anders ... Supt. McVitie
Robert Robertson Robert Robertson ... Dr. Andrews
Harriet Buchan Harriet Buchan ... Jean Taggart
Jamie Roberts Jamie Roberts ... John
Jill Melford Jill Melford ... Mrs. Drake
Henry Ian Cusick ... Ian Gowrie
Ian Briggs Ian Briggs ... Gilbert Vance
Meg Johnson Meg Johnson ... Mrs. Jeffrey
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When Dr Janet Napier walks free from court on a "Not Proven" verdict, Taggart begins a more personal investigation. However as more murders are commited Taggart must admit that even he might have been wrong about the good doctors guilt.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1993 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trial by error
19 September 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.

"Fatal Inheritance" is a wonderful episode, one of my favourite 'Taggart' episodes. What made 'Taggart' such a good show when it was in its prime is evident here. The characterisation here is meatier than seen pre-Jardine era, therefore more interesting with more development to Taggart and everything here just works.

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. Really like Taggart and Jardine's chemistry here, which sees some priceless exchanges with them, and have always found it more interesting and settled than with Taggart and Livingstone. The relationship between Jardine and Reid is also blossoming nicely, showing promising signs as to why it was one of the best things about the era when Jardine was in charge.

As to be expected, "Fatal Inheritance" is thoughtfully scripted with nothing ridiculous happening and things being taken seriously without being too morose. The story is involving in its complexity and intricacy 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. The ending is unexpected and clever, and and there is a constant sense of unease.

Good acting helps, with Mark McManus being a suitably tough and blunt presence throughout and James MacPherson being every bit his equal. Blythe Duff continues to impress and Iain Anders is suitably hard-edged. Robert Robertson as ever steals scenes. Henry Ian Cusick is interesting in an early (actually his first television role) pre-'Lost' role, while Hannah Gordon is excellent heading the supporting cast.

In summation, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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