Rebus (TV series)
- For information on the Rebus word and picture puzzle see Rebus.
|Created by||Ian Rankin|
|Country of origin||Scotland, United Kingdom|
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Running time||60–120 mins.
|Production company(s)||STV Productions
|Original release||26 April 2000– 7 December 2007|
|Related shows||Taggart (1983-2010)|
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 seasons have been aired; series 1 and 2 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 third and subsequent series (which went into production in 2005, made in-house by STV).
Series 1: 2000
|Black and Blue||26 April 2000|
|The Hanging Garden||15 July 2000|
Series 2: 2001
|Dead Souls||13 September 2001|
|Mortal Causes||27 September 2001|
Series 3: 2006
|The Falls||2 January 2006|
|Fleshmarket Close||16 January 2006|
Series 4: 2006
|The Black Book||8 September 2006|
|A Question of Blood||15 September 2006|
|Strip Jack||22 September 2006|
|Let It Bleed||29 September 2006|
Series 5: 2007
|Resurrection Men||5 October 2007|
|The First Stone||12 October 2007|
|The Naming of the Dead||26 October 2007|
|Knots and Crosses||7 December 2007|
|Character||Season 1||Season 2||Season 3||Season 4||Season 5|
|DI John Rebus||
|DS Siobhan Clarke||
|DCI Gill Templer||
Differences between the Hannah and Stott eras
The first four episodes, starring John Hannah, are very different in both format and style. John Hannah's interpretation of the inspector is deeper. His thoughts are often announced to the viewers (which never occurs in Ken Stott's appearances). The first two episodes are longer than any others in the series, lasting 100 and 108 minutes, respectively (excluding commercials); the second two run 90 minutes, like several other episodes in other seasons. In any case, the differences between the first four episodes and the later ones starring Ken Stott are so great that television viewers might easily consider them as two different TV series. Indeed, they could very well be considered two different series - made by different people, five years apart and with completely different interpretations of the characters and their relationships (e.g. Rebus and Siobhan Clarke meet for the first time in the first Ken Stott episode, despite them already working together in the John Hannah version).
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 2008 Delta released series one and two on a Region 0, 4 disc DVD boxset.
- "Rebus (2000) - IMDb". Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- Rebus TV series on the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB).
- 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.