Based on Ian Rankins bestselling crime thrillers
Ken Stott (Shallow Grave, The Vice, Messiah) brings the brooding Inspector John Rebus to life on screen, straight off the pages of Edgar®-winning Ian Rankins crime novels. Haunted by his own failings and the human tragedies that he faces every day, Rebus relentlessly pursues truth under the leaden skies of modern-day Edinburgh. His eager young sidekick, DS Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price, Poirot: The Hollow, The Whistle-Blower) resents Rebuss condescending manner at first, but grudgingly comes to respect her gruff partners abilities. Together, they conduct their investigations under the watchful and sometimes jealous eye of their boss, Chief Super Gill Templer (Jennifer Black, Local Hero)Rebuss former flame.
With its sardonic, hard-drinking hero, twisting plots, and atmospherics as dense as fog off the firth, Rebus serves up two engrossing mysteries in the best film noir tradition.
Rebus: Set 1 includes the first two episodes in the morally and narratively complex, British mystery television series in which actor Ken Stott (I'll Sleep When I'm Dead) replaces John Hannah as the Edinburgh, Scotland detective inspector created by novelist Ian Rankin. The middle-aged John Rebus and young partner Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price, replacing Gayanne Potter) take on a bizarre serial killer in "The Falls," a vengeance-seeking killer taking aim at the members of a wealthy family and their acquaintances in the medical profession. "Fleshmarket Close" is a sad story set in a poor immigrant community little-known to Edinburgh tourists. The disappearance of a young woman from a housing project brings Rebus and Clarke into a case that quickly grows with the murder of a Kurdish man and the vanishing of a local hoodlum. The link between all these people proves baffling, but the case takes the lid off a protection racket, abuses at a detention center holding innocent immigrants, and a few secrets suppressed by well-meaning community activists. Viewers and readers familiar with Rebus won't be surprised by the way the hero's personal life frequently intertwines with his cases. Few detective heroes are surrounded by as many ex-lovers as the aging Scots sleuth. --Tom Keogh