Rebus (2000–2004)
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Black and Blue 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 26 April 2000
The first of the REBUS programs introduces the Scottish Detective Inspector John Rebus as he untangles the various strands of the interwoven web of criminal intrigues from Leith, Edinburgh ... See full summary »

Director:

Martyn Friend

Writers:

Ian Rankin (novel), Stuart Hepburn (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Hannah ... DI John Rebus
Jim Norton ... Ryan Slocum (The Preacher)
Ewan Stewart ... DI Morton
Sara Stewart ... DCI Gill Templer
Joanna Roth ... Eve Kendal
Stuart Hepburn Stuart Hepburn ... D Supt McCaskill
Gayanne Potter Gayanne Potter ... DS Siobhan Clarke
Clare McCarron Clare McCarron ... Angie Riddell
David Lyon David Lyon ... Lawson Geddes
Robert McIntosh Robert McIntosh ... Lenny Spaven
Lewis Howden Lewis Howden ... DI Ormond
Fish ... Barry Judd
Jenny Foulds Jenny Foulds ... Joanne McKenzie
Stevie Hannan Stevie Hannan ... Paul Martin (The Disciple)
David Gallagher David Gallagher ... D Supt Grogan
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The first of the REBUS programs introduces the Scottish Detective Inspector John Rebus as he untangles the various strands of the interwoven web of criminal intrigues from Leith, Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Glasgow and points between. A serial killer of young women of the past, known as 'The Preacher' appears to have a copycat murderer dubbed 'The Disciple', who is repeating the modus operandi. But is it 'The Preacher' who has returned to continue his work of death? Or it is truly another serial killer at work? Intermingled with the workings of the CID Edinburgh to solve these problems, Rebus is pulled off the case to pursue a strange death of what appears to be unintentional suicide. This strand of the web takes Rebus through more suicides, murders, drug trafficking, money laundering, exposure of dirty cops and questionable liaisons between a couple of the suspects. The stressed-out Rebus manages to reach the centre of the web and skillfully gets the tangles sorted out in this ... Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2000 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

'John David Hannah' from 2000-2001 was D.I. John Rebus in the first 4 episodes-Clerkenwell Flims. See more »

Connections

Followed by Rebus: The Hanging Garden (2000) See more »

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And then it hit me. Thunk.
16 January 2006 | by briginshSee all my reviews

Very enjoyable adaptation of the Ian Rankin novels, this is the first out of 4 of the superior 2000/2001 miniseries of adaptations. The two Stuart Hepburn scripted outings (Black and Blue and Dead Souls) are slightly superior; Mortal Causes is very good and Hanging Garden slightly less satisfying. John Hannah, although a bit young for the part (according to author Rankin, Hannah is a "lovely guy, lovely guy: young, good looking - all the things that Rebus isn't!"), does a great job (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk/your/extra/ian_rankin_interview6.shtml for the full quote). Far superior to the 2006 miniseries, which lack Hannah, substituting capable journeyman Ken Stott (bad), and are far less well-scripted (fatal).


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