Rebus is devastated by the death of a close colleague, which appears to be suicide until he takes a closer look. But he's distracted by an unexpected visit from an ex-girlfriend with an offer he cannot refuse.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
DCS Wilson
Gayanne Potter ...
Janice Mee
Paul Cunningham ...
Barney Mee
Russell Barr ...
Darren Rough
DI Jim Margolies
Emma Currie ...
Katherine Margolies
Dr. Joe Margolies
Anna Hepburn ...
Betty Margolies
Danielle Cook ...
Mary Margolies
Stuart Mee
Stuart Wilkinson ...
Cameron Petrie
Coral Preston ...
Ama Petrie


Rebus is confronted with baffling questions of pedophiles, child abuse, missing persons, a former sweetheart, fire bombs, mobs, a gay cross-dresser, and all amid the personal loss of an excellent friend and co-officer, to what? Suicide? Or murder? Detective Inspector John Rebus has his plate filled, again, with the evils of human misdeeds and personal trials. His emotions are drawn like a tight rope over the death of a man he most admired and respected, counterbalanced by the arrival on the scene of old friends seeking his assistance in finding their missing adolescent son. The old sparks catch fire with the woman he loved 20 years before, but he manages to keep all of the pressures of his work sorted out and resolves the multitude of issues facing him. But where will his reclaimed love leave him? Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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13 September 2001 (UK)  »

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John Hannah is the bomb!!
19 March 2004 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

BBCAmerica puts on the best of British TV, which is TV at its best. Rebus is a detective with human failings and troubles. It's exciting to watch a show with characters that have real-life complexity, as opposed to the usual stereotypical shallowness on most TV. And Hannah portrays these levels fabulously. He has humorous moments, and serious moments, and handles both with aplomb. Not only are the characters realistic, but the storylines are complex and multilayered, with unexpected twists. This film is one of about four which feature Rebus, and all are worth watching. It takes a bit of concentration to understand some of the dialog, as the Scottish accents can be quite heavy, but it is well worth the effort. Tune to BBCAmerica, and enjoy!

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