9:15pm – Saturday, January 30 on ABC1
The glorious city of Glasgow has always offered a unique backdrop to the enduring British crime drama Taggart – and it plays another key role in tonight’s gritty episode when urban renewal creates tension among local residents.
On the Allerdykes Estate a local community watch member is doing his usual early morning rounds, checking that no damage has been done during the night.
Allerdykes is a model of regeneration – this is the new Glasgow – freshly painted, double-glazed, clean and tidy streets. Politicians queue up to have their pictures taken on the estate.
The greatest symbol of Allerdykes’ restoration lies at its heart, a small park, once a meeting place for lowlifes and junkies, now a play park for children and a garden enjoyed by the whole community.
Trouble is, this morning a pair of legs dangle back and forth from a steel frame and man with a chain swing wrapped around his head hangs dead.
Team Taggart – DS Jackie Reid (Blythe Duff), DI Robbie Ross (John Michie), DCI Matt Burke (Alex Norton) and DC Stuart Fraser (Colin McCredie) – investigate.
Suspects include jealous members of the local community watch committee, a resentful father and son who were booted out of the rejuvenated estate, and the local hero – a youth worker with strong motives who is concealing a violent past. It turns out DS Jackie Reid has a soft spot for the youth worker even though DCI Matt Burke suspects his ambitions to become the committee chairman. DCI Burke even accuses DS Reid of getting in a bit of a flap and going ‘all teenage’ over the red-headed Harry Wallace (Phil McKee)!