September 2023 marks 40 years since the launch of one of the world’s longest running crime dramas, TAGGART – and key cast, talent and the creator of the global hit were reunited in Glasgow tonight (Tuesday 19th) to celebrate the show’s success.
Actors Blythe Duff, James MacPherson, Colin McCredie and John Michie were joined by creator and writer Glenn Chandler and ex-Head of STV Drama, Robert Love - with Alex Norton joining by the power of Zoom - for a lively panel discussion hosted by STV presenter Laura Boyd.
And it was only fitting that this special event take place in Glasgow – which is often described as the main character of the show – at the CCA on Sauchiehall Street, with the panel sharing memories and tales from what has become an iconic crime series.
Made by STV Studios, the show was on air for 27 years, including 27 series in total and 110 episodes. Iconic characters, clever whodunnits, grisly murders, witty dialogue and an incredible city as the setting for all the action, Taggart is still loved by fans right across the world, selling to 140 territories and counting.
The series was also a training ground for production crew and writers, and saw many famous faces make early screen appearances, including Barbara Dickson, Dougray Scott, Jason Isaacs, Natalie Robb, Lorraine McIntosh, Alan Cumming, Sheila Grier and Mark Bonnar.
All episodes of Taggart are available to watch on STV Player.
Blockquote open Taggart offered invaluable experience to so many actors and crew across its 27 series, and it continues to entertain fans right around the world. We’re so proud of the show and are thrilled to be celebrating its 40th anniversary with so many of the cast, crew, writers and the creator – all of whom have shared wonderful tales and memories of the production. Blockquote closeDavid Mortimer MD of STV Studios
Check out a few clips from the event below:
Colin McCredie explains what happened when the shoot of World War Z was taken for a new episode of Taggart.
Blythe Duff discusses her character's progression across the 21 years she featured in Taggart.