Based in Glasgow’s Maryhill it’s 35 years since Jim Taggart solved his first ITV murder.
‘There’s been a murder’, Jim Taggart on the case. Actor Mark McManus played the lead role from 1983 to 1994.
“Taggart is a national treasure and I’m delighted to be screening the episode in Jim Taggart’s old stomping ground in this anniversary year.” – Organiser Jonathan Melville, editor of film and TV website ReelScotland
In September 1983, Glenn Chandler’s Killer introduced viewers to grizzled Maryhill detective DCI Jim Taggart, played by the late Mark McManus, and his sidekick, DS Peter Livingstone, actor Alastair Duncan, as they investigated the murder of a number of young women.
The pilot was a rating success for ITV and Scottish Television were commissioned to produce a series in 1985. Over thirty editions with McManus in the lead would be produced before his death in 1994 aged 59. The show, of course, went on without Mark for a further sixteen years, but it was never quite the same.
DS Peter Livingstone, actor Alastair Duncan, with Mark McManus as DCI Jim Taggart
In total the legendary murderous drama ran for 110 episodes over twenty-seven series. And now as its 35th anniversary approaches a big screen outing of the pilot edition is to be shown at a Maryhill cinema, in the heart of Taggartland. The evening is part of the nationwide Scalarama series of events.
The Taggart ’83 event not only puts Taggart on the big screen there will be a question and answer session following the episode with the shows creator and writer Glenn Chandler and STV producer Robert Love who brought the thriller to screens in 1983. Those who love the Glaswegian detective will be gathering at Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema later this month for the night celebrating Jim Taggart. A fitting location for the screening as the auditorium is close to Maryhill Police Station where Taggart’s CID team were based in the drama.
DCI Jim Taggart (Mark McManus) with DS Michael Jardine (James MacPherson) and DS Jackie Reid (Blythe Duff).
“It’s an honour to be invited to celebrate 35 years since Taggart hit television screens back in the 80s. The fact that it still watched all over the world is testament to the hundreds of people who worked on the show, but particularly Robert Love who gave me the opportunity to create such a loved series.” – Taggart creator and writer Glenn Chandler
Doors open at 7pm on Wednesday, September 26th 2018 at the Seamore Neighbourhood Cinema, 304 Maryhill Road, Glasgow. All profits will go to the STV Children’s Appeal. Tickets can be obtained from Scalarama.
Reruns of early Taggart can be seen nightly on UKTV’s Drama channel. More recent episodes from the programme air nightly on True Entertainment.