Judgement Day is the first episode of series 24 and first aired on 15th January 2008.

Plot synopsisEdit

DCI Matt Burke's elderly father is found dead in suspicious circumstances, but what at first appears to be a straightforward case of liver failure takes a sinister turn when it's discovered that he died as the result of a heroin overdose. Against police regulations, Burke is determined to solve the case. Soon, difficult questions begin to arise - a two hundred thousand pound savings plan seems to be quite significant, and Burke soon becomes concerned that his father's friends could be in danger too.

Full plot synopsisEdit

Murder strikes close to home for the Taggart team when DCI Matt Burke’s elderly father is found dead in suspicious circumstances in his flat on the banks of the Clyde.

What looks at first like an open-and-shut case of liver failure due to advanced alcoholism takes a sinister turn when it’s discovered Andrew Burke died of a heroin overdose. Against police regulations, DCI Burke is determined to head up the team and solve his father’s murder.

But the investigation throws up plenty of difficult questions. What is the significance of a two hundred thousand pound savings plan payable to Burke and his estranged brother John – a tidy sum, and motive enough for murder.

And could Andrew’s friends Tom Gardner, Theresa Braithwaite and Billy Watson be in danger? The elderly members of Andrew’s Lunch Club at the local day centre are only just reeling from the sudden death of their friend Ellen Phillips. Is there a connection to the case?

As Matt Burke struggles to keep his emotions in check, and brotherly tensions threaten to destroy his relationship with John once and for all, another murder raises the team’s suspicions about the woman who discovered the body - Angie Hamilton, a volunteer at the day-centre.

And the close connection of GP Marion Vaughn, a former doctor at a Hospice, among the ailing group of old folk, raises a disturbing possibility – are the Lunch Club being targeted?

But as DCI Matt Burke races against time to prevent another death, how will he react when he comes face-to-face with the killer? And how will he handle the cold, chilling truth of his father’s death?


Matt Burke - Alex Norton
Jackie Reid - Blythe Duff
Robbie Ross - John Michie
Stuart Fraser - Colin McCreadie