Taggart (1983–2010)
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Double Exposure Part One 

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?


Gordon Flemyng


Glenn Chandler (creator), Stuart Hepburn




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... Jim Taggart
James MacPherson James MacPherson ... Mike Jardine
Blythe Duff ... D.C. Reid
Jason Isaacs ... Barr
Deepak Verma ... Danny Lal
Andrew Barr Andrew Barr ... George Archer
Sandy McDade ... Lisanne Archer
Patricia Kerrigan Patricia Kerrigan ... Diane Johnstone
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Phillip McLean
Maureen Beattie ... Margaret McLean
Iain Anders ... Supt. McVitie
Robert Robertson Robert Robertson ... Dr. Andrews
Anthony Cochrane Anthony Cochrane ... Dr. Crawford
Harriet Buchan Harriet Buchan ... Jean Taggart
Meera Syal ... Sharon Lal


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?

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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30 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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Mike Jardine: Did you hear the one about the young bull that went up to the old bull, and said 'let's run down that hill and grab a couple of cows'. And the old bull says
D.C. Reid: 'no, let's walk down, and get them all'.
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Racism and murder
10 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.

"Double Exposure" is good. Maybe the pace could have been tightened in spots and occasionally it's slightly bland.

Its weak link is the ending, which felt rushed, too conveniently wrapped up with not enough time to go and is not that much of a surprise.

However, 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.

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, "Double Exposure" is thoughtfully scripted with nothing ridiculous happening and things being taken seriously without being too morose. The racial angle is handled surprisingly sensitively and tactfully, there is always the danger of such a heavy subject being preachy but that's thankfully avoided, even with a quite overt "evil incarnate" character. 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 on the most part

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 a Iain Anders comes into his own once again. Robert Robertson as ever steals scenes. The supporting cast is dead on too.

Concluding, good episode albeit not a great one. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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