Man behind Glasgow’s Taggart comes home to Capital

Writer: Glenn Chandler. Picture: Contributed

Writer: Glenn Chandler. Picture: Contributed

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HE’S the no-nonsense detective famous for cleaning up the mean streets of Glasgow.

And now the Edinburgh man behind the award-winning Taggart TV series is heading back to his home city to talk about his most famous 
creation.

Glenn Chandler, known as the godfather of Scottish crime noir, will be in the Le Monde Hotel from August 22 to August 26 to choose his top ten murders from the world’s longest-running cop show.

This will be followed by a question and answer session in which he will give behind-the-scene insights into how he dreamed up murder after murder for his hard-boiled sleuth to solve.

Chandler, who is originally from Meadowbank and was educated at the Royal High, said: “I was born and brought up in Edinburgh but ironically ended up writing about a Glasgow detective.

“But I did bring him through to the Capital sometimes so you could say Edinburgh was the guest star of the show.

“I’m looking forward to being back.” Chandler, who lives in Hertfordshire, will be revisiting old episodes of the crime drama, the earliest of which date from 1983.

Le Monde on George Street will also play host during the Fringe to former Doctor Who companion Katy Manning, who will talk about her life in show business, and top Scottish mentalist Drew McAdam.