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The 2009 Collection


Starring: Blythe Duff, John Michie, Alex Norton and Colin McCredie
Acorn Media UK
RRP: £19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 02 March 2009

Taggart: 2009 Collection features three episodes of Taggart that were originally broadcast in 2008:

Genesis: A wealthy single woman plummets to her death from a car park after visiting a fertility clinic. When a clinic staff member is also found dead Burke and his team investigate.

The Caring Game: The decomposing body of a young woman is discovered and when the team begin investigating they discover an estate agent dealing in more than houses, fraudulent cheques, blackmail and a very bitter sister... but who is the murderer?

Lifeline: When a man is found dead in his car his wife is convinced it isn't suicide as he was dedicated to doing good and saving lives. A chain of odd events leads Jackie to believe that the case and her life are intertwined somehow.

Lifeline, for me, was the most entertaining episode - mainly as it also weaves in problems for DS Jackie Reid. We discover that she has debt issues but, at first, we don't know whether her insistence that it's a misunderstand is for real. As the episode progresses she starts to become paranoid - believing that someone is breaking into her house and that it may have something to do with the ongoing murder investigation. Is Jackie losing her mind, or is someone really out to get her?

The Caring Game also features problems for DI Robbie Ross, whose ex-wife is planning to make a fresh start abroad, taking Robbie's teenage son with her. Robbie has some tough decisions to make.

Here's my handy guide on how to spot a Taggart murderer. It's pretty simple really. When everyone is being investigated look for the one character that speaks, but appears to be totally normal and is totally ignored while everyone they know becomes a police suspect. Then you have your murderer.

Extras are a little thin on the ground. All we get are cast filmographies and a picture gallery.

While I'm sure that these three one-hour episodes would have easily squeezed onto a single disc, the fact that you get two discs for the usual price of a single disc means you can't really complain.


Nick Smithson

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