DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
GREAT film, Apocalypse Now. Big sprawling kind of mess, bit of tremendous fun. But gee, that line from Robert Duvall about the napalm; if only Francis Coppola knew the level of annoying rip-offs he was inflicting on us when he wrote that.
Even Taggart, for crying out loud, has managed to get one away tonight.
And at this point can I just suggest if you’re into Taggart at all, don’t go looking up anything about this episode on the internet.
I went on to imdb to check someone’s name and there’s the entire plot laid out for me like a smorgasbord.
Taggart and Midsomer Murders, I guess, attract a similar crowd, but this one is a vastly better product. Several reasons, but mainly, I think, Glasgow. I’ve hardly ever seen this show and I was initially concerned the loveliness of the accents might’ve been too soothing for a cop show, but they’re not a problem at all.
This is a city that looks more than capable of supporting a series whose trade is homicide.
And there’s one right at the start tonight: Will Ramsay.
He’s been assassinated, according to the bloke who finds him, Cam Beattie, who is in fact with him when he’s killed, and was also wounded.
They’re both waterside workers in the middle of an ugly strike, up against a major defence contractor.
So the lines are clearly drawn for a protracted us-andthem scenario. But as DS Jackie Reid (Blythe Duff) wonders, would a major corporation really hire a hitman to solve a labour dispute? Well yes, Jackie, it would.
And it does sound like a hit — black outfit, black mask, big gun is the nebulous description Cam Beattie gives Jackie and DCI Burke when they come calling.
Are we liking Beattie for Will Ramsay’s murder? Yes we are, until Beattie gets shot again. Taggart ABC1, 8.30pm
Cop that: Blythe Duff