Rebus: Season 1, Episode 4

Mortal Causes (1 Nov. 2004)

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The motto of the Scottish kings - Nemo mi impune lacessit ("Don't Mess With Me") sets the tone for this story. It's payback time for DI John Rebus in his pact with the crime under-lord ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Gayanne Potter ...
Janice Mee
DI Martin Kilpatrick
Mhairi Henderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Anderson ...
Lachlan Murdock
Eric Barlow ...
DS Ken Smylie
Barbara Barnes ...
Eleanor Moncur
Alan Berkley ...
Brian Cunningham
James Bryce ...
Dr. Curt
Suzanne Dance ...
Estate Agent
Paul Doonan ...
Davey Soutar
Gregor Duncan ...
DS Calumn Smylie


The motto of the Scottish kings - Nemo mi impune lacessit ("Don't Mess With Me") sets the tone for this story. It's payback time for DI John Rebus in his pact with the crime under-lord Morris Gerald Cafferty for his finding the person who put Rebus' daughter in a life-threatening coma, the result of a hit-and-run accident. This time, it's Cafferty's illegitimate son who was "six-packed" and killed, and Cafferty is calling in his chips from Rebus. Rebus has to cope with a backdrop of gun running, jailbreaks, left- and right-wing extremists, nationalists and other splinter groups who are spouting racist philosophies, and imported white-power fanatics who are perpetrating hate crimes. Written by Anonymous

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This episode was scheduled for broadcast in the UK on 20 September 2001 but was withheld until 1 November 2004 because of the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001 and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. It was broadcast on digital-only channel ITV3 and so was not available to viewers who only have analogue televisions. See more »


Follows Rebus: The Hanging Garden (2000) See more »

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Good - but John Hannah isn't my idea of Rebus!
3 November 2004 | by (Oxfordshire, England) – See all my reviews

This is the first episode of Rebus that I've seen: I missed the earlier ones which were shown in 2000/2001. This episode was made at the same time and was scheduled to be shown in September 2001... then 9/11 intervened and the episode was postponed and was only shown in the UK in November 2004.

"Mortal Causes" is a very good and gripping adaptation of Ian Rankin's novel, but it is spoiled a bit by the casting of John Hannah as Rebus. In the books, Rebus is described as being world-weary, probably a bit (a lot?) overweight and aged in his fifties. Unfortunately John Hannah is too lean, "smooth" and young to be a convincing Rebus. I'd opt for someone like Ken Stott (Messiah, Promoted To Glory) to play the character: he's the right age, has an authentic accent (to my untutored English ears!) and has the right, slightly dishevelled roughness to play Rebus perfectly.

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