Taggart (1983–2010)
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Instrument of Justice Part One 

Taggart has a new boss and he must take his orders from her even though he has his doubts about the guilt of a gang member.

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Richard Holthouse

Writers:

Glenn Chandler (creator), Russell Lewis
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark McManus Mark McManus ... DCI Jim Taggart
James MacPherson James MacPherson ... DS Mike Jardine
Blythe Duff ... DC Jackie Reid
Iain Anders ... Supt. Jack McVitie
Harriet Buchan Harriet Buchan ... Jean Taggart
Robert Robertson Robert Robertson ... Dr. Stephen Andrews
Sarah Collier Sarah Collier ... Lady Sarah Rattray
Tommy Boyle Tommy Boyle ... Sean Brady
Peter Kelly Peter Kelly ... John McLintock
Barbara Horne Barbara Horne ... DCS Ellen Gordon
Tom Mannion Tom Mannion ... Neil Howden
Margo Gunn Margo Gunn ... Suzanne Harris
Angela Walsh Angela Walsh ... May Pearson
Ross Davidson Ross Davidson ... Supt. Brand
Jim Twaddale Jim Twaddale ... DI Gemmill
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Taggart has a new boss and he must take his orders from her even though he has his doubts about the guilt of a gang member.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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30 September 1993 (UK) See more »

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DCI Jim Taggart: What's that got to do with the price of fish?
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Juidicial instrument
28 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.

"Instrument of Justice" is an excellent episode, if not quite one of my favourites, the pace could have been tighter in spots. 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 was always blossoming nicely and had blossomed by this point and then accentuated with Jackie further blossoming it, 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, "Instrument of Justice" 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, but nothing feels gratuitous and the investigations are compelling and with enough twists to stop it from being obvious. The ending is unexpected and clever.

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 Iain Anders is suitably hard-edged. Robert Robertson as ever steals scenes.

In conclusion, excellent. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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