Taggart (1983–2010)
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Nest of Vipers Part One 

The discovery of two skulls at the site for a new by-pass road leads the team to a pharmaceutical company. Someone doesn't want the skulls identified and will go to any length including murder.


Graham Theakston


Glenn Chandler (creator), Glenn Chandler




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... Jim Taggart
James MacPherson James MacPherson ... Mike Jardine
Ann Mitchell ... Annie Gilmore
Ken Drury ... Dr. Nielson
Lorna Heilbron ... Morag Nielson
Michael Cochrane ... Derek Amlot
Jeremy Young ... Prof Hutton
Leone Connery Leone Connery ... Christine Gray
Blythe Duff ... Jackie Reid
Iain Anders ... Supt. Jack McVitie
Robert Robertson Robert Robertson ... Dr. Stephen Andrews
Harriet Buchan Harriet Buchan ... Jean Taggart
Juliet Cadzow Juliet Cadzow ... Maureen MacDonald
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Angus Mackay
Dougray Scott ... Colin Murphy


The discovery of two skulls at the site for a new by-pass road leads the team to a pharmaceutical company. Someone doesn't want the skulls identified and will go to any length including murder.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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9 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Toward the end of the program, we are shown a tank of little, yellowy green frogs. The obvious intimation being that these are " Poison Dart Frogs ". In fact, the frogs shown were deadly accurate to the plot. They were genuine specimens of Phyllobates terribilis. One of the most lethally poisonous creatures known to modern science. The real deal. See more »

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A viper's nest
9 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.

"Nest of Vipers" is a wonderful episode, for me it's one of the show's best. 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, "Nest of Vipers" 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, with some of the most unsettling murders from early 'Taggart' but nothing feels gratuitous and the investigations are compelling and with enough twists to stop it from being obvious. The ending is one of the show's cleverest, most tense and most frightening and there is an intensely creepy atmosphere here that gives 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 a softened Iain Anders indeed comes into his own. Robert Robertson as ever steals scenes. Geoffrey Beavers, Jeremy Young and Lorna Helibron are excellent in support.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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