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Taggart Complete Original Series Starring Mark McManus

4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Longest Running Police Series on British TV
Contains:

All 32 Episodes of Seasons 1-11
Over 62 Hours of Entertainment on 32 DVDs
DCI Taggart (Mark McManus) is a tough copper who has come up the hard way in the Maryhill Police Department. Set in Scotland's largest city, Glasgow's gritty streets are witness to many gruesome crimes - and with its grisly details and complex plots, you will witness why Taggart has become the longest running police detective drama on British television.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Mark McManus
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 32
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 3720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004I654V2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By DAVID BRYSON VINE VOICE on January 14, 2013
In case this notice finds any readers in America, I am reviewing only the two DVD's constituting `volume one' of the Taggart series issued by Clear Vision in the UK. They contain one feature-length film apiece, Killer and Dead Ringer respectively. They are absolutely superb, and a sad memorial to Mark McManus, who left us all too early before his 60th birthday. The series named after the lead part that he took in it continued (and may not even have stopped yet) under the same name, and that has to be quite a tribute. Younger fans of the later episodes may have wondered occasionally at the title Taggart, nobody's on-screen name any more, but although there are still first-class stories occasionally I think they will appreciate the difference if they see these two films and why the series still goes under the name that it does.

Jim Taggart is a tough 70's Glasgow cop carrying more chips than he has shoulders to carry them on. Like any good TV series, the plots and situations in Taggart work to a recognisable but not too repetitious or predictable formula. This keeps the viewer comfortable and ready for more of something-the-same each week, without letting it out whodunit until just before the end. In fact the plots are highly ingenious at times, and you should find that in both the shows I am talking about, particularly Dead Ringer. That keeps up the level of surprise: what contributes the cosy, familiar, evening-in-front-of-the-telly feel to it all is that the number of characters and situations is always approximately the same, and the solution to the crime is always explained at the same stage (shortly before the end). Agatha Christie would have recognised the technique.

The production does not cut corners.
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The legendary Taggart series lives up to its reputation. Excellent in all respects: acting, direction, location, plot.
Truly fine entertainment that blends modern police procedural with classic mystery - you'll keep guessing who the killer is right up to the end - and just a dash of horror - mild by 2013 standards, but startling when it first appeared in the 1980's.
Just as New York City was the fifth main character of "Sex and the City," so Glasgow and its magnificent architecture are key to the success of Taggart.
Americans should be warned however that part of Taggart's "keeping it real" is real Scottish accents, which is undoubtedly why unlike "Morse" and "A Touch of Frost" "Taggart" wasn't shown in the US during its original run.. After an episode or two, the ear is adjusted to recognize "dune" as not a sand formation, but the opposite of "up."
The mood is set by Maggie Bell's magnificent blues theme song "No Mean City."
The price is well worth it for those with a taste for mystery or simply good drama.
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Absolutely fantastic series, with Mark MCManus being why. It is so sad that he died bac in l994. The series continued but it wasn't quite the same without him
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Never saw this series when I lived in England but this is a great show. Not as good as "The Sweeney" but right up there. Taggart is not a lovable character but a good gritty show, good stories, great acting. No explosions, car chases, gun play which is what I refer to as "filler" when you can't think of something to write. The English know how to put together great dramas and mysteries which the Americans can only hope to achieve.
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By Misha on March 22, 2015
Why would this be advertised as the complete collection when you can get a PARTIAL collection (1983-2002) at Amazon.co.uk of 42 discs weighing in at over 76 hours? On top of that, the collection is about a third of the price of this set. Yes, it's PAL - do yourself a favor, with some of the over $200 you save in purchasing the UK set, spend $50 for a nice multisystem DVD player and start browsing across the pond for some outrageously excellent deals.

Two stars because I love the series, but do not love customers being taken advantage of or not being told the truth up front. That's just me.
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