DI Rebus investigates the murder of Dr. Joseph Devlin, a retired obstetrician. The man is found in his home, tied to a chair with his wrists slit. On his lap is a miniature coffin, similar ... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
Claire Price ...
Jennifer Black ...
Tony Donaldson ...
Mr. Mayes
Phillippa Balfour
Andrea Hart ...
Fiona Kollross
Sir James Hogarth
James McAnerney ...
Forensic Officer
Eileen McCallum ...
Miss Currie
David Costello
Elayne Sharling ...
Jessica Hogarth
Miranda Masterson
Gavin Jon Wright ...
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DI Rebus investigates the murder of Dr. Joseph Devlin, a retired obstetrician. The man is found in his home, tied to a chair with his wrists slit. On his lap is a miniature coffin, similar to those found in a local museum, with the smiling effigy of a child inside. Devlin had dined the previous evening with Sir James Hogarth, his closest friend. Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke get on the trail of David Costello when Phillipa Balfour, a university student working at a local museum, tells them she has once again started to receive threatening e-mails from Costello, who has stalked her in the past. When Sir James' ex-wife is found murdered in exactly the same way as Devlin, it becomes apparent that Costello is seeking some type of revenge. Rebus suspects Sir James has had an incestuous relationship with his daughter but is having difficulty finding the evidence. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 January 2006 (UK)  »

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When Miranda is attacked, the man coming to her rescue is in fact the writer of the Rebus novels, Ian Rankin. See more »


[Miranda is lying in bed, covered by a sheet but clearly naked beneath it. Rebus is sitting beside the bed, sketching her]
Miranda Masterson: Did I say I was going to America soon?
DI John Rebus: America? I do not recall you saying that, no. Not for ever, I hope.
Miranda Masterson: Six month exchange. I just thought you should know that, so that instead of sitting there colouring, we might use our time more... fruitfully.
[she grins seductively at him and he grins back]
DI John Rebus: Fruitfully? I like the sound of that.
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Follows Rebus: The Hanging Garden (2000) See more »

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19 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I agree with the gentleman above, that future Rebus films, if there are any more, should be based on short stories or written fresh. There is no writer besides Rankin himself, or maybe Jimmy McGovern, with the talent to do justice to the layered plots and characterisations of Rankin's creations.

Ken Stott is all right as Rebus, rumpled and grumpy, but we're still watching Ken Stott. I think they need to cast a Scottish unknown if they do a future series.

The biggest disappointment has been the actress who plays Siobhan Clarke. Whining, whingeing, don't do this, how could you do that... you almost expect Rebus to cry, 'What are you, my mother???' Siobhan in the books was really cool, a Hibs supporter and a well-rounded female character. Here she is just a two-dimensional nag.

I know that films are seldom as satisfying as books because they are different media; but it is so disappointing to watch a crime drama that could have been so much better had the production people, writer and director got their thumbs out and tried a little harder.

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