BBC lands on Rebus reboot

BBC lands on Rebus reboot

By Michael Pickard
March 7, 2024

First Look

FIRST LOOK: The BBC will be the UK home of crime drama Rebus, a new adaptation of the Inspector Rebus novels by Ian Rankin.

Richard Rankin (Outlander, The Replacement) stars in the series, which is in Edinburgh and reimagines John Rebus as a younger Detective Sergeant drawn into a violent criminal conflict that turns personal when his brother Michael, a former soldier, crosses the line into criminality. Rebus finds himself torn between protecting his brother and enforcing the law to bring Michael to justice.

The series also stars Lucie Shorthouse (Line of Duty, Ten Percent), Brian Ferguson (The Ipcress File, Spanish Princess), Amy Manson (The Nevers, The Diplomat), Neshla Caplan (The Rig, Scot Squad), Noof Ousellam (Vigil, Guilt), Stuart Bowman (The Serpent, Bodyguard), Caroline Lee Johnson (Trying, Ridley), Sean Buchanan (Censor, Mary Queen of Scots), Thoren Ferguson (The Midwich Cuckoos) and Michelle Duncan (Baptise, Elizabeth is Missing).

Filming took place in Glasgow and Edinburgh last year.

It is adapted for the screen by Gregory Burke (Six Four) and produced by Eleventh Hour Films for Viaplay. The series will air on BBC Scotland, BBC One and BBC iPlayer this spring after Nordic streamer Viaplay exited the UK.

The six-part series is directed by Niall MacCormick (Complicit, The Victim) and Fiona Walton (Shetland, Annika) and is produced by Angela Murray. Paula Cuddy, Jill Green, Eve Gutierrez, Tomas Axelsson, Isabelle Hultén, Niall MacCormick, Gregory Burke and Ian Rankin are executive producers. Rebus is distributed internationally by Viaplay Content Distribution.

Rebus will air on BBC Scotland, BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this spring.

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