Taggart Facts




This page contains all the trivia you'll ever need to know about Taggart!!  If we've missed anything out, please let us know and we will add it!!


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Keep checking back for more!! (Last updated 15.11.04)

Taggart was created by Glenn Chandler.  He took inspiration for his character's names from head stones in a Maryhill Cemetery

Planning and researching each episode takes about 2 months

Taggart has won a collection of awards including the Writers Guild Award for Best Drama and the BAFTA Scotland award for Best Drama Series

The series was initially broadcast under the title "Killer". In 1985 the title was changed to 'Taggart'.  Unusually it has kept the Taggart title ever since despite the untimely death of Mark McManus who played Jim Taggart

If ever the show's make-up department are short on inspiration, the forensic department at Glasgow University are happy to help out with slides showing real wounds!!

When the character John Samson was found with his head blown off, the make-up team used mince and chicken bones to make the gaping wound look realistic!!

Taggart is sold/broadcast in over 56 countries across the world, these include: Afghanistan, Albania, Asia, Australia, Banglades, Belgium Bosnia, Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Caribbean, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Laos, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealands, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New guinea, Philippines, Poland, Rep.Of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA and Vietnam.

The show makes it's money several times over in foreign sales alone.

Taggart has been on our screens for 20 years, making it the longest running UK crime drama

During the show's 20 years three members of the cast have sadly died.  Mark McManus who played Jim Taggart, Iain Anders who played Chief Superintendent McVitie and Robert Robertson who played Dr Stephen Andrews.

The highest ever viewing figure recorded for Taggart was in 1992 when some 18.3 million viewers tuned in.

Filming a series of Taggart takes up to 6 months

In 2004 the Taggart cast and crew were honoured for their services to the city of Glasgow.  Blythe collected one of the Lord Provost's awards at a prestigious ceremony to mark 20 years of the show and as a  thanks you for bringing Glasgow to the attention of an international audience.  Read More Here: http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5025786.html

 Taggart was actually conceived in London's Covent Garden.  Glenn Chandler met Robert Love there, who asked him to write a whodunnit for STV.  It was only ever going to be a one off show!!

'Ant and Dec 'did a spoof sketch based on Taggart entitled 'Tagg-fart"

A review of Taggart in a 1999 copy of the Daily Record (Glasgow) gave the following opinion of the show: " The drama might have been pulling in the viewers, but it was beginning to lose it's edge.  Ross has given it a kick up the panda car and injected it with that vital missing ingredient - sex"

Whilst on set,  filming Taggart, the cast all share a caravan

 John Michie has become the programme's heart throb, prompting scores of fan letters

The Saracens Head pub in Glasgow's East End was where Glenn Chandler was when he got the inspiration for 'Murder In Season'.  he was sitting in the pub and noticed some locals sat at another table.  They were discussing house plans, but when anyone walked by they hid them.  The more Glenn sat there the more he became convinced that they were plotting a murder!!!  As a result Murder In Season features a publican who wants to kill his wife!!!

Glenn Chandler took his inspiration for methods of murder in Taggart from looking back at old killings - the grislier the better!

There were 78 music cues in 'Nest Of Vipers' which kept the composer, Mike Moran very busy!

For many years Taggart's credits rolled to the sound of Maggie Bell singing 'No Mean City'.  To read the lyrics of this fantastic song click HERE

'Supercop and Taggart' was a sketch that featured in the BBC show called 'Scotch and Wry'