Expect failure when pre-guessing the culprit. Sometimes even the true crime is a surprise. The complex mystery to crime fighting is likely what makes this TV series so successful (1983 debut continued to the present, that's 27 years).
The Glasgow brogue is heavenly heavy; like that in another Scottish series: Monarch of the Glen.
Aye, if i' wasne fer mud'ar, there'd no be da wee inves'igatin'. Ya cannae no love it.
SUBTITLES are there to help the hearing impaired AND assists the accent-challenged (like me).
A lasting experienced cast is in this set of 8 70-minute episodes from 2004.
DS Jackie Reid (Blythe Duff) is the female team member. DC Stuart Fraser (Colin McCredie) the young cop. DI Robbie Ross (John Michie) good looking ladies' man. DCI Matt Burke (Alex Norton-"Murphy's Law" Capt Bellamy in "Pirates of the Caribean: Dead Man's Chest") the boss. These first 4 represent a total of 8 decades with this shop. Then there is the forensic expert, Gemma (Lesley Harcourt) who wears low necklines barely able to contain themselves.
DVD set is unrated BUT.....episodes contain foul language, blood, violence, sexual content, drug use...NOT FOR CHILDREN or the sensitive or squeamish. It is sinister, tough, big-city Glasgow, dark, grim/ghastly crime were seeing here. Maybe too strong for some.
Episodes details without spoilers (for those liking the long reviews):
1 Penthouse and Pavement...A novelist and ladies-of-the-night are murdered. What or who's the common link?
2 Atonement...A woodworker looses a hand and life. Multiple suspects with motive create a huge question.
3 Compensation...Murder by arson but who? Developer? Farmer? Pigs?
4 Saints and Sinners...A senior lawyer is assassinated. But who cares? Somebody does! Why?
5 Puppet on a String...Attempted murder via a syringe attack is followed by the mailing of a severed ear from a corpse. Both are repeated. They're not related--or are they?
6 The Wages of Sin...Taxi driver execution drives the detective team to the underworld rather than over the streets.
7 The Ties That Bind...Librarian's car hits a pedestrian then goes into the river. But the dead driver was tied up & dead prior to the accident.
8 In Camera...DI Ross takes his sexy girl on a weekend event. A corpse arrives at the secluded get-away before they do.