Glenn Chandler’s AAA Edinburgh

Born in Edinburgh in 1949 and educated at the Royal High School in the Capital, Glenn Chandler is best known as the writer and creator of the Glasgow-set crime series Taggart, which became the longest-running police drama on British drama. Since then, he has worked almost exclusively in theatre.  In 2013, he took two productions to the Fringe – Sandel and Killers. Sandel, which he directed, was his controversial adaptation of Angus Stewart’s novel of the same name, about a love affair between a student and a choirboy. Killers was a study of the correspondence of notorious serial killers Dennis Nilsen, Peter Sutcliffe and Ian Brady, and was directed by Liam Rudden. His latest play is Fanny and Stella: The Shocking True Story, based on the true tale of two Victorian transvestites.

  • What’s your most memorable Edinburgh event?

New Years Eve 1969.  I “fell in love” for the first time.

  • Who would you choose to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay?andy murray aaaedinburgh

Andy Murray.

  • Favourite old-fashioned boozer?

The World’s End

  • Favourite style-bar?

Which style?  Frankensteins is quite quirky and I love watching the old movies.

  • Favourite restaurant?

It’s French and not a million miles from Bennett’s Bar.  More than that, I’m not saying as I might not get in next time!

  • Do you love or loathe the Festival?

Love it to bits, but one needs a break from any love affair.  A year off is quite good!


“The onlyedinburgh volcano aaaedinburgh

British city

on a volcano.

You can’t

beat that!”


  • What restaurant would you recommend?

Escargot Blue, Broughton Street.

  • Favourite art gallery?

Inverleith House.  The location too in the Royal Botanic Gardens is stunning.

  • Favourite cinema?

The Filmhouse.

  • Favourite live music venue?

Bannermans, Cowgate.

  • Favourite walk in or around the city?

Round Holyrood Park and up Arthurs seat.

  • Favourite shopping area?  

I loathe shopping and hate malls.  Give me quirky wee shops anywhere.

  • Best piece of Edinburgh architecture?

The Old Royal High school.  Brings back memories.  It should have been the Parliament instead of the garden shed by Holyrood Palace.

  • What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city?

Trams!  I had to blink when they started running.

  • Favourite Festival?

It’s a big one, happens in August.  Can’t remember the name.

  • Who is your local hero?

My mother, who finally quit smoking after sixty years.

  • Sell Edinburgh in 10 words or fewer:

The only British city on a volcano. Can’t beat that!