Rebus: Season 1, Episode 1

Black and Blue (26 Apr. 2000)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan Stewart ...
Joanna Roth ...
Eve Kendall
Stuart Hepburn ...
D Supt McCaskill
Gayanne Potter ...
Clare McCarron ...
Angie Riddell
David Lyon ...
Lawson Geddes
Robert McIntosh ...
Lenny Spaven
Lewis Howden ...
DI Ormond
Fish ...
Barry Judd
Jenny Foulds ...
Joanne McKenzie
Stevie Hannan ...
Paul Martin (The Disciple)
David Gallagher ...
D Supt Grogan


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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Followed by Rebus: Mortal Causes (2001) See more »

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8 March 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Black and Blue is possibly the weakest of the Rebus novels. That is mainly the case because the original murder series is never really investigated and the focus is on the copycat murder which also remains superficial. The novels finishes with too many lose ends. So it was not the best choice for the first adaptation. John Hannah is a convincing Rebus, just the way I imagined him. Rebus' moods, his drinking problems and depressions are really very well depicted and perfectly acted by Hannah and there certainly is a violent and dark streak to him. The story however is fairly weak. We learn nothing about the motives of either murderer- they just do it. That makes the film fairly superficial. It's not that both murderers are flat characters, we just never learn anything about them. It has to be said though that the ending is neater than in the book. All in all, it's a sequence of events that just happen. It's dark but not particularly exciting. Siobhan Clarke becomes a minor character and the chemistry between them is not visible. To some extent that is due to Rebus' prostitute friend who is actually not in the book.

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