BBC rolls out Rebus

By Michael Pickard
May 14, 2024

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TRAILER: Richard Rankin is Rebus, in a new crime series based on the books by Ian Rankin launching this Friday. Here’s the trailer.

Written by Gregory Burke (Six Four), John Rebus is reimagined as a younger Detective Sergeant, drawn into a violent criminal conflict that turns personal when his brother Michael, a former soldier, crosses the line.

Shaken after a violent encounter with gangster Ger Cafferty, Edinburgh detective John Rebus finds himself at a psychological crossroads. At odds with a job increasingly driven by corporate technocrats, involved in a toxic affair he knows he needs to end, and all but supplanted in his daughter’s life by his ex-wife’s wealthy new husband, Rebus begins to wonder if he still has a role to play – either as a family man or a police officer.

In a time of divisive politics and national discord, Rebus’s ex-soldier brother Michael, who’s broke, desperately crosses the line in order to provide for his family, and Rebus starts to question if the law still has meaning, or if everyone is reverting to an older set of rules. And if so, why shouldn’t he do so too?

Rankin stars as Rebus, with Brian Ferguson as John’s brother Michael, and Lucie Shorthouse as Rebus’s investigation partner, Detective Constable Siobhan Clarke.

The six-part series is directed by Niall MacCormick and Fiona Walton, and is produced by Angela Murray. Rebus is produced by Eleventh Hour Films and is distributed internationally by Viaplay Content Distribution.

All episodes of Rebus will be available on BBC iPlayer from 6am this Friday, with episode one airing on BBC Scotland that evening and on BBC One on Saturday, May 18.

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