-->''There's been a murder''.

A [[LongRunner long-running]] [[BritishSeries British]] detective series, running from 1983 to 2011 (ITV have withdrawn their funding and until/unless STV can get a replacement backer, we have to call this show cancelled).

Set in Glasgow, UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}, it had a very bad case of NeverOneMurder. The series was named after its original main character, Jim Taggart, who was [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim killed off due to the death]] of Mark [=McManus=], who portrayed him. Rather surprisingly, the show carried on longer ''without'' him than it did when he was alive.

According to TheOtherWiki, the show is frequently summed up by saying "murder" in a very strong Glaswegian accent (e.g. a parody in ''Series/TheFastShow'' consisted entirely of policemen standing around a corpse and saying "He's deeed, he's bin mudded!").

Like ''Series/TheBill'' for Britain as a whole, every Scottish actor worth his salt has had a role on this show at some point. Except for, of all people, Creator/DavidTennant, who failed the audition fourteen times.

Not to be confused with [[Literature/AtlasShrugged Dagny or James Taggart]].

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!!This show provides examples of:
* ArtifactTitle: Jim Taggart no longer appears in the show, due to actor Mark [=McManus=]'s death.
* AscendedExtra: James [=McPherson=] had a brief appearance as a young DC in 'The Killing Philosophy', before becoming Taggart's assistant for the rest of the Mark [=McManus=] episodes. After Mark [=McManus=] died, Mike Jardine got promoted to DCI and became the main character for the next few years.
* AutopsySnackTime: One of the coroners tends to do this.
* BeamMeUpScotty: ''There's been a murder.'', funnily enough.
* BeneathSuspicion
* BritishBrevity: 100 episodes in 25 years. ''[=Taggart=]'' episodes are kind of like buses. [[{{Metaphorgotten}} Buses that are twice as long as normal shows, mind]]. A single 'episode' was normally 2-4 hours in the days before it was serialised down to an hour.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Mark [=McManus=], as noted above.
* DetectiveDrama
* ExpositionVictim: in "Forbidden Fruit"
* NeverOneMurder
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute
* ThematicThemeTune: "No Mean City".
* ViolentGlaswegian: Only often more calculating than usual.
* WholePlotReference: The episode 'Gingerbread' was a modern retelling of 'Hansel and Gretel'
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