Detective Series Taggart is to finish on TV after an impressive 28 years on the air. The show which originally starred Scottish actor Mark McManus until his death in 1993 has reportedly been axed due to poor rating for the most recent series.
The show continued after the death of McManus with DCI Matt Burke, played by Alex Norton, DI Jackie Reid (Blythe Duff) and DI Robbie Ross (John Michie) taking over control of invesitgating crimes in Glasgow however today, ITV confirmed that the drama has been axed so the money can be used to invest in new original dramas.
Production company STV are reportedly looking at airing the show on alternative channels including the Scottish region of ITV itself due to good ratings for the series. A spokeswoman for STV confirmed the news saying: ''STV is exploring a range of of options for Taggart with a number of broadcasting. We are committed to the brand and recognize the continuing popularity of the long-running series.
A spokesperson for ITV said: ''We have decided not to commission any more series of Taggart for the ITV network. Since it was first broadcast in 1983, Taggart has been one of ITV's most enduring dramas. But, reflecting the demands of our audience, and as part of the ongoing creative renewal of the ITV1 schedule, our priority is to invest in new and original drama on the channel.''
Are you sad to hear of the end of the show where ''There's been a murder'' or do you agree that it has came to a point where it cannot carry on any longer?