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


Followed by Rebus: The Falls (2006) See more »

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30 October 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Being a great fan of the John Rebus series I was interested to see the TV production but sadly John Hannah just does not add up to the part. I have admired his previous work but the fault lies with casting -he is simply too young! His accent should also be Edinburgh and not to close to the Glaswegian one that comes across, he is from East Kilbride after all but the character is from Fife so why not a Fife accent? OK this is all academic especially when lines are mumbled and one can hardly understand what is being said, I pity anyone south of the border (Scottish) and those overseas! Apart form these points I have really enjoyed the series, I just wish that the Directors would read the books a little more closely and fine tune the characters.

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