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|Created by||Ian Rankin|
|Starring|| John Hannah |
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|No. of episodes||14 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Eric Coulter|
|Producers||Alan J. Wands|
|Running time||60–120 minutes|
|Production companies|| STV Studios |
|Original release||26 April 2000 –|
7 December 2007
Rebus is a British television detective drama series based on the Inspector Rebus novels by the Scottish author Ian Rankin. The series was produced by STV Studios for the ITV network, and four series were broadcast between 26 April 2000 and 7 December 2007. The first series starred John Hannah as DI John Rebus; and was co-produced by Hannah's own production company, Clerkenwell Films. After Hannah quit the series, the role of Rebus was re-cast, with Ken Stott appearing as Rebus in three subsequent series, which were produced in-house by STV.
The first series is 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 has been viewed as deeper than the later productions, using narration to expand the viewers insight into the characters thoughts, or to reveal background information, which never occurs during Stott's tenure. The earlier stories also retained the darkness of the novels and were more faithful to the original storylines, while longer running times meant that each story could be less ruthless with Rankin's many asides and sub-plots.
In February 2008, ITV announced that Rebus had been axed, amid reports that Stott had told producers he did not want to continue in the role. ITV indicated that "one-off specials are a possibility for the future."In April 2011, it was reported that the series could make a return to television, and 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, Rankin has since announced that he has purchased the rights to the TV series back, and that he does not intend to bring Rebus back in the present format, having criticised the shorter format of the final series. All three Stott series were released on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2007. In Region 1, Koch Vision released the first series on DVD on 10 January 2006. Series two through four were later released by Acorn Media between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, Delta released the Hannah series in a four-disc box set.
The fourth and final episode was originally due for broadcast on 20 September 2001 but was indefinitely postponed following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001 and didn't air until four years later during a re-run of the series on ITV3 and the subsequent repeats on Alibi, Drama, and STV2 (formerly STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh) having never been broadcast on ITV.
|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by||Viewers|
|1||"Black & Blue"||Stuart Hepburn||Martyn Friend||7.70||26 April 2000|
|Based on Black & Blue (Rankin novel) |
Rebus investigates when a number of women are killed with the same modus operandi as 'The Preacher', a prolific serial killer active in Edinburgh during the 1980s. But is a copycat killer at large, or has 'The Preacher' returned to finish what he started?
|2||"The Hanging Garden"||Ben Brown||Maurice Phillips||5.89||STV: 15 July 2000|
ITV: 6 September 2001
|Based on The Hanging Garden (Rankin novel) |
Rebus investigates when an old friend, DI Jack Morton, is shot during an undercover operation at a pharmaceuticals factory which has become a hub for cocaine dealing and gun-running by a well-known mobster and his latest team of upstart thugs.
|3||"Dead Souls"||Stuart Hepburn||Maurice Phillips||TBA||13 September 2001|
|Based on Dead Souls (Rankin novel) |
Rebus is forced to juggle two complex cases when an old friend approaches him to trace her son, who has disappeared, and a former colleague is killed in a freak accident, which asks the question – did he kill himself or was he murdered?
|4||"Mortal Causes"||Mark Greig||David Moore||0.52||1 November 2004 (ITV3)|
|Based on Mortal Causes (Rankin novel)|
Rebus is forced to revisit a pact he made with a crime lord who identified who attacked his daughter in a freak hit-and-run, when his own son is murdered by a gang involved in gun running, right-wing extremism and racist white-power fanatics.
|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by||Viewers|
|1||"The Falls"||Daniel Boyle||Matthew Evans||9.00||2 January 2006|
|Based on The Falls (Rankin novel) |
Rebus investigates the murder of a retired obstetrician, who is found dead in his home having been the victim of torture. A clue left at the scene by the killer leads Rebus to the local museum, and puts him onto the trail of a stalker targeting a university student.
|2||"Fleshmarket Close"||Daniel Boyle||Matthew Evans||6.27||6 March 2006|
|Based on Fleshmarket Close (Rankin novel)|
Rebus investigates the death of a Kosovan national who is found dead in a seedy Edinburgh slum, but a racist slur left on the victim's head leads him into contact with a group of local gangland bosses, and it's not long before a second corpse is discovered.
|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by||Viewers|
|1||"The Black Book"||Daniel Boyle||Roger Gartland||5.68||8 September 2006|
|Based on The Black Book (Rankin novel) |
Rebus finds himself drawn towards a cold case after a prostitute is buried alive beneath a famous Scottish landmark, but finds himself stonewalled when his prime suspect turns out to be a member of parliament – forcing his superiors to draft in a fellow DI to rein him in.
|2||"A Question of Blood"||Matthew Evans||Matthew Evans||5.25||15 September 2006|
|Based on A Question of Blood (Rankin novel)|
Rebus investigates a mass shooting at a local sports college, which has claimed the lives of two students and a teacher, but when one of the victims turns out to be his cousin's son, he decides that bending the rules is the best way to get a result.
|3||"Strip Jack"||Robert Murphy||Matthew Evans||5.81||22 September 2006|
|Based on Strip Jack (Rankin novel)|
Rebus investigates when the wife of a millionaire philanthropist, who is due to lead a conference on poverty in Africa, is found dead in the river, the morning after he was discovered having sex with a prostitute in a local brothel during a raid by divisional CID.
|4||"Let It Bleed"||David Kane||Roger Gartland||5.70||29 September 2006|
|Based on Let It Bleed (Rankin novel)|
Rebus takes on the case of a man who shoots himself during a meeting with the head of his local bank, but a photograph in his wallet leads him to a chemical plant preparing a pesticide for the third world, and a disgruntled ex-employee with a grudge over a false sexual assault claim.
"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 19 October 2007, but was postponed for reasons unknown. It was eventually broadcast on 7 December 2007. It bears the name of a Rankin book, but does not share the plot.
|Episode||Title||Written by||Directed by||Viewers|
|1||"Resurrection Men"||David Kane||Roger Gartland||4.81||5 October 2007|
|Based on Resurrection Men (Rankin novel)|
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||5.18||12 October 2007|
|Based on The First Stone (short story)|
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 with the body of a naked woman. 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||4.74||26 October 2007|
|Based on The Naming of the Dead (Rankin novel)|
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||4.94||7 December 2007|
|Based on Knots and Crosses (Rankin novel)|
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.
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