Thu 21/10/99, ITV


Fearful Lightning. The longest running cop show in the UK, Taggart, has seen some changes over the years. When it started, Glaswegians like myself took a lot of pleasure in spotting the locations and while that is still fun, the "new" image of the city as cultural, middle-class and architecturally interesting is always in the foreground of the camera these days giving a slightly misbalanced view. The lead role of course is vacant since the death of Mark McManus and the plot of this story in which a psychic claimed to be in touch with the dour detective was a nice way to keep continuity with the past. One thing that has not changed is the body count - although the Taggart team always get their murderer in the end, it's never before almost every possible suspect has been knocked off... Still very watchable. ****

[Tonight with Trevor MacDonald - Top of the Pops - Trial and Retribution III - Untold: Britain's Slave Trade]

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