Rebus (TV series)
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|Created by||Ian Rankin|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||14 (list of episodes)|
|Original release||26 April 2000 – 7 December 2007|
Rebus is the title of the detective drama TV series based on the Inspector Rebus novels by the Scottish author Ian Rankin set in and around Edinburgh. The series was produced by STV Productions (previously known as "SMG Productions") for the ITV network.
Four series have been aired; series 1 starred John Hannah and was made for STV by his own production company, Clerkenwell Films. A new cast featuring Ken Stott as DI John Rebus was introduced for the second and subsequent series (which went into production in 2005, made in-house by STV).
- John Hannah - DI John Rebus (Series 1)
- Ken Stott - DI John Rebus (Series 2-4)
- Gayanne Potter - DS Siobhan Clarke (Series 1)
- Claire Price - DS Siobhan Clarke (Series 2-4)
- Sara Stewart - DCI Gill Templer (Series 1)
- Jennifer Black - DCI Gill Templer (Series 2-4)
- Ron Donachie - DC Jack Gunner (Series 3-4)
- Ewan Stewart - DI Jack Morton (Series 1)
- Jenny Ryan - WPC Logan (Series 1)
Series 1 (2000-2004)
The fourth and final episode was originally due for broadcast on September 20, 2001, but following terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was indefinitely postponed, and did not air until some four years later during a re-run of the series on ITV3, having never been aired on ITV1.
Series 2 (2006)
Series 3 (2006)
Series 4 (2007)
"The First Stone" is the first and only story to be featured throughout the series which is not based upon a full Rebus novel, rather a novella from a collection of short stories. "Knots and Crosses" was due to be broadcast on October 19, 2007, but was postponed for reasons unknown. It was eventually broadcast on December 7, 2007.
|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by|| Viewers|
|1||"Resurrection Men"||David Kane||Roger Gartland||4.81m||5 October 2007|
|Rebus is forced to attend a training course at police school following a public outburst, with his colleagues unaware that he is actually out to expose two corrupt police officers who have been running a protection racket, and could possibly be linked to the murder of a drug dealer.|
|2||"The First Stone"||Colin Bateman||Morag Fullerton||5.18m||12 October 2007|
|Rebus is called to investigate when the naked body of the Moderator Elect of the Church of Scotland is found in a local cruising spot. Forced to deal with ongoing political battles between the church and its ministers, Rebus must solve the case in time for the gathering of the General Assembly.|
|3||"The Naming of the Dead"||David Kane||Martyn Friend||4.74m||26 October 2007|
|Rebus investigates when an unidentified body is found in the grounds of a local Edinburgh hotel which is due to play host to the World Trade Summit. When another body is found in the grounds of Edinburgh castle, Special Branch intervene and warn Rebus off the case.|
|4||"Knots and Crosses"||Roger Gartland||Roger Gartland||4.94m||7 December 2007|
|Rebus finds himself being investigated by an old friend after a murderer walks free on a technicality. Matters are made worse when the suspect and his brother are found dead, and the prosecutor in the case is found to have been paid off to discredit Rebus and his colleagues.|
Differences between the Hannah and Stott eras
The first four episodes, starring John Hannah, are very different in both format and style. Hannah's portrayal of Rankin's world-weary detective was questioned by many who knew the books, as he did not physically match their image of John Rebus; Hannah himself has said he felt forced into the role, having been executive producer, when his own choice for the role, Peter Mullan, was rejected by STV. However his interpretation of the inspector is acknowledged to be deeper than the later productions, using narration to expand the viewers insight into the characters thoughts, or to reveal background information, (which never occurs in Ken Stott's appearances). The earlier stories also retained the darkness of the novels and were more faithful to the original storylines, while the longer run times meant they could be less ruthless with Rankin's many asides and sub-plots.
In February 2008, ITV announced that it had cancelled the drama series, amid reports that Ken Stott had told producers he did not want to continue in the role of Rebus. ITV indicated that "one-off specials are a possibility for the future."
In April 2011, it was reported that Rebus could make a return to television. A spokeswoman for STV confirmed a comeback was on the cards: "We fully intend to bring Rebus back in the future. There are no firm plans yet, but it will return."
However, Ian Rankin has announced since that he has purchased the rights back to the TV series and that he will not bring Rebus back in the format it has been presented previously, having not been a fan of the 45 minute format of the last series. Whether a new Rebus series will be made is unknown.
In Region 1, Koch Vision released the first two series on DVD on 10 January 2006. Series 3-5 were released by Acorn Media between 2006 - 2008.
- "Top 30 Programmes – BARB". barb.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
- Rebus at uktv.co.uk
- Holmwood, Leigh (22 February 2008). "ITV ditches Rebus amid cull threat". London: MediaGuardian. Retrieved 22 February 2008.
- "Rebus set to return to TV, but for now its star remains a mystery". Scotsman. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- "Ian Rankin has rights back to Rebus". Daily Record. 14 September 2012.