Rebus reimagined on BBC One

Rebus reimagined on BBC One

By Michael Pickard
May 1, 2024

First Look

FIRST LOOK: Outlander star Richard Rankin plays the title character in Rebus, a reimagined adaptation of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus novels, coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer on May 17.

Written by Gregory Burke (Six Four), Rebus sees the iconic character 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.

Brian Ferguson and Richard Rankin

Starring alongside Rankin are Brian Ferguson (The Ipcress File) as John’s brother Michael and Lucie Shorthouse (Line of Duty) as Rebus’s investigation partner Detective Constable Siobhan Clarke.

Other cast include Amy Manson (The Nevers), Neshla Caplan (The Rig), Noof Ousellam (Vigil), Stuart Bowman (The Serpent), Caroline Lee Johnson (Trying), Sean Buchanan (Censor), Thoren Ferguson (The Midwich Cuckoos) and Michelle Duncan (Baptise).

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.

Lucie Shorthouse and Richard Rankin

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?

The six-part series is directed by Niall MacCormick (Complicit) and Fiona Walton (Shetland) and is produced by Angela Murray. Eleventh Hour Films’ Paula Cuddy, Jill Green and Eve Gutierrez are the executive producers, alongside Tomas Axelsson and Isabelle Hultén for Viaplay, MacCormick, Burke and author Ian Rankin.

Rebus is produced by Eleventh Hour Films and is distributed internationally by Viaplay Content Distribution.

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