Wry and obsessive DI Buchan is a cop on the edge; suave and self-assured Jack Harvey is a best-selling crime novelist with the world at his feet. As Buchan probes a 100-year-old cold case, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jim Buchan
Jack Harvey
Sinead Burns
Professor Bell
The Monkey ...
Tom McGovern ...
Tour Guide
David Robertson ...
Kirsty Wark ...
Cora Bisset ...
Publicist (as Cora Bissett)


Wry and obsessive DI Buchan is a cop on the edge; suave and self-assured Jack Harvey is a best-selling crime novelist with the world at his feet. As Buchan probes a 100-year-old cold case, his investigation takes him on a journey into the Scottish capital's literary past that will cause him to question his very existence and set him on a collision course with his onetime friend. Written by James Mavor and based on an original idea by Ian Rankin, Reichenbach Falls (commissioned as part of BBC Four's fifth birthday celebrations) reflects Rankin's fascination with his home town of Edinburgh and the legacy of a city which has produced so many Scottish literary classics, from 'Kidnapped' to 'The 39 Steps', from 'Sherlock Holmes' to 'The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie'. Written by James Mavor

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Ian Rankin named the character Jack Harvey after the pseudonym that he himself used as author of his early novels. See more »


Towards the end, Clara reads from the book "42 feet per second per second" - gravity is closer to 32 feet per second to second. See more »

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The leading characters were credited in the closing credits with the actor name only and no corresponding character name. See more »

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If you are fan of crime fiction - this is a must.
3 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For me, city of Edinburgh has always had a macabre reputation: it's history of medical experimentation, it's architecture, it's haunted underground tunnels, and it's famous literary people. Ever since I read Edgar Allen Poe's "How to Write a Blackwood Article" and "The Scythe of Time", I've always been fascinated about this place myself. And this TV drama really lit up my imagination.

At first, the hero Jim Buchan (Alec Newman) himself seems like the archetype grumpy cynical Scottish police inspector. He and his partner Sinead Burns (Nina Sosyana) are investigating a 100-year-old corpse discovered in a sealed-off section of the City's underground; the circumstances are suspicious and next to the body the letters A C I D are etched on to the rock.

But Buchan's haunted character begins to reveal some bizarre twists of it's own as the mystery unfolds. The whole detective story genre is turned over on it's head and the crescendo towards the conclusion is a well crafted piece of a surreal drama in itself.

If you're a fan of crime thrillers - on screen and in literature - then you will be in for a special treat; and a macabre fascination for the City of Edinburgh will probably grow in you as well.

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