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Rebus (2000–2004)
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Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 2 January 2006
DI Rebus investigates the murder of Dr. Joseph Devlin, a retired obstetrician. The man is found in his home, tied to a chair with his wrists slit. On his lap is a miniature coffin, similar ... See full summary »


Matthew Evans


Daniel Boyle (script) (as Daniel Boyle), Ian Rankin (from the books by)


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Episode credited cast:
Ken Stott ... DI John Rebus
Claire Price Claire Price ... DS Siobhan Clarke
Jennifer Black Jennifer Black ... Gill Templer
Tony Donaldson Tony Donaldson ... Mr. Mayes
Natalie Dormer ... Phillippa Balfour
Andrea Hart Andrea Hart ... Fiona Kollross
Richard Johnson ... Sir James Hogarth
James McAnerney James McAnerney ... Forensic Officer
Eileen McCallum Eileen McCallum ... Miss Currie
William Ruane ... David Costello
Elayne Sharling Elayne Sharling ... Jessica Hogarth
Sharon Small ... Miranda Masterson
Gavin Jon Wright Gavin Jon Wright ... Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bowles ... Priest


DI Rebus investigates the murder of Dr. Joseph Devlin, a retired obstetrician. The man is found in his home, tied to a chair with his wrists slit. On his lap is a miniature coffin, similar to those found in a local museum, with the smiling effigy of a child inside. Devlin had dined the previous evening with Sir James Hogarth, his closest friend. Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke get on the trail of David Costello when Phillipa Balfour, a university student working at a local museum, tells them she has once again started to receive threatening e-mails from Costello, who has stalked her in the past. When Sir James' ex-wife is found murdered in exactly the same way as Devlin, it becomes apparent that Costello is seeking some type of revenge. Rebus suspects Sir James has had an incestuous relationship with his daughter but is having difficulty finding the evidence. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

2 January 2006 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ken Stott is a passionate supporter of Hearts football team. In this episode it is revealed that Rebus is a supporter of Hibernians, the other team in Edinburgh. Hearts and Hibernians supporters are fierce rivals. Ken Stott has said that pretending to be overjoyed when he sneaked into Hibernians' ground late at night with his girlfriend was the hardest thing had ever been asked to do as an actor. Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus, commented: "But he also has played Adolf Hitler. So he finds it easier to get inside the mind of Hitler than to get inside the mind of a Hibernian football fan." See more »


[Examining the body of a man who has been tied to a chair in his living room and then stabbed]
DI John Rebus: Do we know with whom the good doctor shared his final repast?
DS Siobhan Clarke: [reading from notebook] Er, Sir James Hogarth.
DI John Rebus: One of the wealthiest men in Edinburgh. Private banker.
DS Siobhan Clarke: The super-rich usually are.
DI John Rebus: Usually are what?
DS Siobhan Clarke: Private bankers. That *is* rhyming slang, isn't it?
DI John Rebus: No, that's what he actually does - he's a private banker.
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Follows Rebus: Black and Blue (2000) See more »

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19 September 2008 | by myrndraSee all my reviews

I agree with the gentleman above, that future Rebus films, if there are any more, should be based on short stories or written fresh. There is no writer besides Rankin himself, or maybe Jimmy McGovern, with the talent to do justice to the layered plots and characterisations of Rankin's creations.

Ken Stott is all right as Rebus, rumpled and grumpy, but we're still watching Ken Stott. I think they need to cast a Scottish unknown if they do a future series.

The biggest disappointment has been the actress who plays Siobhan Clarke. Whining, whingeing, don't do this, how could you do that... you almost expect Rebus to cry, 'What are you, my mother???' Siobhan in the books was really cool, a Hibs supporter and a well-rounded female character. Here she is just a two-dimensional nag.

I know that films are seldom as satisfying as books because they are different media; but it is so disappointing to watch a crime drama that could have been so much better had the production people, writer and director got their thumbs out and tried a little harder.

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