Taggart star

How we put foot in it over crime scene

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News -

In the fore­word to Andrew’s book, ac­tor Alex Nor­ton – who played DCI Matt Burke in Taggart – re­veals how Blythe Duff in­ter­rupted her hus­band’s mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion to ask a ques­tion dur­ing film­ing.

Alex said: “We were hav­ing a de­bate with the di­rec­tor about whether we would be al­lowed to sim­ply walk all over a crime scene with­out over­shoes on in case we con­tam­i­nated the ev­i­dence.

“Since Blythe was mar­ried to a real-life de­tec­tive in­spec­tor, we per­suaded her to call him on her mo­bile and ask his opin­ion.

“The con­ver­sa­tion went some­thing like this, ‘Hi dar­ling, it’s Blythe. We’re just hav­ing a dis­cus­sion about whether we would be wear­ing over­shoes when ex­am­in­ing a body at a crime scene…oh, I see. Thanks and sorry to have both­ered you.’

“The side of the con­ver­sa­tion we didn’t hear was Blythe’s hus­band say­ing he couldn’t re­ally speak as he was stand­ing in a car scrap­yard just a few feet away from a de­cap­i­tated corpse and had to get on with try­ing to lo­cate its miss­ing head – and, no, he wasn’t wear­ing plas­tic bootees…”

Alex, who starred in the hit STV crime drama for eight years, is full of praise for Andrew’s book.

He said: “Truth, as the old cliche has it, is of­ten stranger than fic­tion.

“And af­ter read­ing the rem­i­nis­cences of some of the real Tag­garts, I think you’ll find your­self view­ing your favourite TV cop show through a fresh pair of eyes and agree­ing with me that you re­ally couldn’t make it up…”

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