Taggart (1983–2010)
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Death Call Part One 

Taggart and his partner Peter Livingstone are called in to investigate the macabre killing of the wife of a wealthy landowner whose body is found strangled and weighed down with luggage in ... See full summary »


Haldane Duncan


Glenn Chandler (creator)




Episode credited cast:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... DCI Jim Taggart
Alastair Duncan ... DS Peter Livingstone (as Neil Duncan)
Harriet Buchan Harriet Buchan ... Jean Taggart
Robert Robertson Robert Robertson ... Dr. Stephen Andrews
Iain Anders ... Supt. Jack McVitie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Blake Ernest Blake ... Club Barman
Juliet Cadzow Juliet Cadzow ... Marie Burns
John Cairney ... Robert Russell
Michael Carter ... Sandy Russell
Alan Cumming ... Jamie McCormack
James Donnelly James Donnelly ... Moynahan
Julie Graham ... Kathleen Kelly
Gawn Grainger ... Tony Meacher (as Gawn Grainer)
Stuart Hepburn Stuart Hepburn ... Kenny Forfar
Paul Higgins ... Alastair Finn


Taggart and his partner Peter Livingstone are called in to investigate the macabre killing of the wife of a wealthy landowner whose body is found strangled and weighed down with luggage in a reservoir. The husband was last seen preparing to go to Switzerland with a large sum of money in a holdall. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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2 September 1986 (UK) See more »

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The acting debuts of Alan Cummings and Julie Graham See more »


DS Peter Livingstone: We didn't actually look in the barn.
DCI Jim Taggart: Oh for God's sake. What do you think I sent you up there for, to buy milk?
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A dark story with a nasty shock ending
7 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

When it comes to classic Taggart I think the last ten minutes of Death Call is the most vivid memory (multiple scenes from Nest of Vipers apart that is.)

Taggart and Livingstone are called in to deal with the murder of Eva Russell, a beautiful German woman and wife of a wealthy landowner, she'd been strangled and dumped in the River Clyde. Prime suspect is young Jamie McCormack, a shop assistant who's spent time with her just before her disappearance. An old flame of Peter's Helen Mendoza reappears the Russell's solicitor and complicates matters for both Peter and Taggart.

It's a little slow in parts I guess, but there are lots of things going on, interesting questions are asked, attitudes have changed so much since then, but this provides an interesting snapshot of 1986 attitudes.

I like the mayhem Helen Mendoza causes for both Peter and Taggart, I think this episode left a few questions unanswered, did Taggart....? Kenny's deceit is also very interesting, and his discovery is very well acted, even better knowing that he wrote lots of Taggart episodes.

For my money Glenn Chandler wrote the best Taggart episodes and this is up there with Knife Edge and Nest of Vipers.

Notable performances from a young Julie Graham and a young Alan Cumming, this show was especially good at seeking new young talent.

As I mentioned at the start though this episode is all about the last ten minutes, nearly thirty years on it's still a really dark and nasty bit of TV, you would never have seen it coming! I won't give away the identity of the killer, but talk about chilling, 'you find ways of dealing with those little problems, don't you.'

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