Returning: Taggart

Recently axed ITV series Taggart returns to ABC1 this Friday for its final season.

Brroadcast in the UK in October, this is the first time it was filmed in HD -but unfortunately it will be SD in Australia.

The series was axed by ITV earlier this month after 28 years.

A mutilated body is discovered in a vacant warehouse. The victim has been brutally tortured prior to death his skin slashed by a Stanley knife blade and fingers crushed by pliers. The crime scene looks very clean, pointing to a gangland killing.

The cause of death was two nail gun shots to the brain and some lettering scratched into the victim’s skin spelling a.d.a.s.t.r. Blood beneath his fingernails indicates this was self inflicted.

The gangland theory is short lived however, as the body is identified as that of newly qualified doctor Scott Clarkson. DS Jackie Reid (Blythe Duff) and DI Robbie Ross (John Michie) talk to fellow junior doctor Lucy Boyd on her shift in A & E. Lucy is evasive, and no real help.

A frustrated DCI Matt Burke (Alex Norton) is heartened by the arrival of an ex colleague from the Met. DI Casey (Reece Dinsdale) was his protégé in Special Branch the best of the best. He and fellow Met officer Muldoon are investigating a similar murder and are keen to compare notes. Burke is confident that Casey can help them crack the case.

Ross and Reid re interview Lucy. It transpires that Lucy, Scott and pharmacist, Gordon Watt, have been manufacturing ecstasy to pay off their student debt. Now under arrest, Lucy admits that Scott was selling the drugs.

When Lucy is found hanged in her cell, the case takes a further sinister turn. As Robbie and Jackie finally crack the pre mortem clue, it becomes glaringly apparent that Mike Casey may not be all he seems.

It returns 8:30pm Friday on ABC1 followed by Hustle.

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