THE hunt is on to find the Greatest Glaswegian of all time – who do you think should be number one?

Over the summer we are revealing the names of 100 men and women who have put the city on the map through sport, science, politics, the arts and more.

Most were born here, some moved here to work or study and have since made the city their own, opening the eyes of others around the world to its strengths and successes; and others have made such an impact on Glasgow that, despite having been born elsewhere, they are inextricably linked with the city, its people, culture and ideals.

Once all 100 have been announced, we will be opening our list up to a public vote, giving our readers the chance to determine who should be crowned Greatest Glaswegian.

In a bit of fun for a Tuesday, we are turning our attention to some of the great fictional characters who have helped to put Glasgow on the map.

Gritty TV cop Taggart was a detective show way ahead of its time, and outlasted rivals The Bill and Law and Order to become the longest-running cop show in the world.

It ended in 2010, but it still holds a special place in the heart of Glaswegians and fans of cop dramas everywhere, thanks in no small part to the original lead, Mark McManus.

The gruff, former boxer was made for the part – sadly he died in 1994, but the show lived on, and eventually Alex Norton joined as new top cop DCI Burke in 2002.

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Where Taggart excelled, however, was in presiding over a city that was changing at a fast pace. The regeneration of Glasgow was often as much a part of the story as the murders piling up at the DCI’s doorway.

If DCI Jim Taggart is not your favourite Glaswegian, consider Francie and Josie, Glesga chinas with eye-wateringly bright teddy boy suits and a fine line in patter.

Performed by Jack Milroy and Rikki Fulton as Josie, the act lasted for 35 years and played all the big theatres in Scotland. When BBC Scotland celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1998, a vintage Francie and Josie show was voted the most popular show in its history.

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The comic duo’s skill in sending up Glasgow patter merchants, and their affectionate take on the city and its people in a series of well-known sketches (such as ‘Are ye dancin’? Are ye askin’? and the Arbroath skit) won them legions of fans.

Find out who else is in the running for the title of Greatest Glaswegian at

Two more contenders will be revealed tomorrow.