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STV celebrates Taggart’s 30th anniversary

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STV will celebrate the 30th anniversary of iconic police drama Taggart with a brand new documentary, 30 Years of Taggart on TV, on Friday 6 September at 2030.
 
30 years after DCI Jim Taggart solved his first ever murder, Blythe Duff – who played DI Jackie Reid for 21 years – looks back on the much loved characters that made Taggart one of the world’s most successful long-running crime dramas.
 
The half hour programme features some of the very best Taggart moments, from Mark McManus’ first appearance in 1983 to the unravelling of DI Robbie Ross’ career, and we revisit some of the popular characters who would become household names across the world.
 
Finally, the documentary will reveal Scotland’s favourite Taggart moment, as voted for by fans on stv.tv from a list of six clips, selected by Blythe Duff.
 
The documentary will be followed by a classic Taggart episode, The Ends of Justice, the final episode produced by STV in 2010. The dark and intriguing storyline sees DCI Burke and his team investigate the murder of a busker who is fatally stabbed in Glasgow’s city centre. As a newly promoted DI Reid heads up the murder investigation, Robbie Ross’ life begins to unravel.
 
Blythe Duff said: “I'm really looking forward to taking a trip down memory lane. It will be a wonderful opportunity to share my favourite moments from the series. It was extremely difficult to choose just six but now it’s over to the viewers, and I can't wait to see which clip the many Taggart fans have picked. I'm sure it will bring back many fond memories of Jackie Reid's 21 years with Strathclyde’s finest!”
 
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels, said: “Taggart's long running success was a testament to the many talented actors, writers and producers who had a hand in the show over the years. We look forward to celebrating the anniversary with this brand new documentary and an excellent Taggart episode, and I'm sure fans of the series will thoroughly enjoy a look back at this iconic drama and its best loved characters.”
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143
eleanor.marshall@stv.tv
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654
anna.hendry@stv.tv