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Taggart: Killer Set

Blythe Duff , Colin McCredie  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Blythe Duff, Colin McCredie, John Michie, Alex Norton, Robert Robertson
  • Writers: Glenn Chandler
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Taggart: Killer Set" on IMDb

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  • Cast profiles
  • Taggart facts

Editorial Reviews

"…Britain’s grittiest police series…" – The Daily Mail

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Taggart (Mark McManusTaggart has become the longest running police detective drama on British television.

Includes: Killer / Dead Ringer / Murder in Season

Special Features: Cast Profiles / Taggart Facts

approx. 6.5 hrs. col.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top-Notch, Rivetting British Mystery Series! August 24, 2006
By Tiggah
For those who love intelligent, well-crafted British mysteries--real, honest-to-goodness whodunnits--rarely does a series come along that is as good and as satisfying as Taggart. I had never even heard of the series prior to taking a chance on the first dvd set, and I've eagerly ordered every set that's been released since--and I've not been disappointed! The series is very much in the tradition of Inspector Morse and A Touch of Frost, and fans of those two superb series won't be disappointed with this one. The storylines are well written, with complex plots and plenty of suspects and red herrings. While most series cram the story into 100 minutes, ten of the twelve currently available episodes are over 2 hours in length (around 130 minutes) which allows enough time for the proper development of the story. The series is set in Glasgow, Scotland, and the only thing I ought to mention is that, while most characters speak with easily-understood English or Scottish accents, there is the occasional Scottish accent that is as thick as treacle and very hard, even for a die-hard anglophile like myself, to come to grips with; even Taggart's accent, while not too thick, requires close attention. But it would be a shame for anyone to be deterred on that account, for this really is an outstanding mystery series and it's well worth making the effort with the accent.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Taggart is a cantankerous, street-wise, dedicated police officer who is initially paired with a young, university-educated officer named Peter. Taggart has little respect for Peter's educated ways, and his relationship with Peter is reminiscent of Delziel's with Pascoe.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clotted Cream June 19, 2006
While finding some other detective series more intriguing, I thoroughly enjoyed Mark McManus as Taggart, a rather discouraged Glasgow detective with no illusions about his fellow human beings. There is nothing in this world like a Scots brogue and I love to hear the lilt of it. But living in Central Texas, I would very much have enjoyed this series better if there had been closed captions to capture all the nuances of the language. Listening to it with the walls shaking just to hear is a little discouraging. They really should have done that! But it is among the cream of the crop in British detective series if a little clotted.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Scottish May 25, 2006
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This is the story of a 60 year old crusty police detective in Scotland. The characters are very distinctive. Unfortunately, after 35 episodes the actor playing Taggart died and some episodes later the medical examiner was played by a less distinctive actor and the series was less entertaining with the remaining characters who were about 30 years old and not as eccentric.

The plots are extremely complex and convoluted. You have to have good people skills at remembering names and faces to figure things out. There is no summary at the end like Poirot gives. Engineering nerds like myself have to view several times to get the details.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is as good as I remember June 2, 2006
I first saw episodes of this series on TV many years ago. When those stopped, I looked for them on video or dvd, with no success. I am really thrilled that they are finally available for purchase. The only negative issue I have is there are no closed captions. To anyone who has seen any of these episodes, this collection is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not Scottish December 30, 2009
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The plot and the main characters are very interesting. My problem with this DVD set was mostly the production quality. Not being scottish i had trouble understanding some of the dialogue to begin with but the seemingly constant change in volume levels along with the background noise made hearing and understanding the conversations very difficult.. I am 60 yrs old and retired from a factory job so much of this could just be my hearing but i don't notice it on most of my DVDs. The stories themselves were most interesting and if you enjoy early television mysteries like Mission Impossible and the like then you should enjoy this DVD set. I am glad i purchased it but the much later version was for me more enjoyable and i doubt that i will be purchasing more of these early sets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is volume 1 of the original series.
The proper sequence to view these sets is:
1) KILLER set
5) EVIL EYE set (Jackie joins the series)
7) THE HIT MAN set
10) HELLFIRE set
11) PRAYER FOR THE DEAD set (the last Jim Taggart episode)

"KILLER", the first mystery, is actually a 3-part Scottish TV special from 1983 (re-edited into a 2 hour & 11 minute feature here). The special never calls itself Taggart, and DCI Taggart doesn't have his detective team yet, but it was so popular that it spawned the Taggart series in 1985. The McManus Taggarts tend to run long with a lot of time spent developing the characters in the mystery, this pace may seem slow to today's television viewers. But if you prefer well defined characters over car chases, then this mystery is for you. And there is a long list of potential suspects in this mystery, it is guaranteed to keep you guessing as all seem to be perfectly viable killers. What clue will help DCI Taggart figure out which of these excellent suspects is the killer? I'm not going to tell.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very slow, but I love Taggart.
It is the beginning of the show. They take forever to develop the plots, but I watch them over and over to get every detail I missed before. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good show
I loved this series and the characters are very good and interesting to watch and "get to know" The mysteries are really good.
Published 19 months ago by Beth Kennedy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressive
Have watched this series hoping for improvement in interest, but it is very mundane and altogether a little choppy - depicts Taggart as very definitely a miserable man - not... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jane Austen
3.0 out of 5 stars Marred by low production value
I've no complaint with the acting or writing, or even the accents, but the production value is intrusively low. These episodes were filmed nearly 30 years ago, and it shows. Read more
Published on July 25, 2012 by ocarolan
3.0 out of 5 stars Am Scottish and love taggart but...
For those that don't know, this is the pilot which was made in 1983, so obviously the indoor production is bad. I prefer the later ones with "mike Jardine" and "Jackie Reid". Read more
Published on July 9, 2010 by Irnbru4u
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles, please
This set includes the pilot episode which resulted in the series that became a British mainstay. That episode, Killer, is a serial killer tale with a by-now conventional ending... Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by Richard B. Schwartz
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy these unless you are a native Scot
Sorry, but with most things British the sound has been fair to poor quality but this tops the list as the worst of the lot. Read more
Published on January 17, 2010 by nyc guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Southern Ca
Looks like a low budget soap opera done in the 70's. Acting is bad, lighting is bad, editing is bad. Read more
Published on February 24, 2008 by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah - that Scottish accent
I love this show but, as others have said, sometimes it is very difficult to understand through the heavy accent. Read more
Published on August 5, 2006 by J. Baybusky
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