Rebus: Black and
not so macho
my television triumph...
Hannah: Rebus Positive
Black and Blue
Hannah plays: Detective Inspector John Rebus
Summary: The past
and present collide and several cases overlap as Rebus searches for the
killers of oil rig employee Allan Mitchison and finds himself involved
in the case of the copy-cat serial killer The Disciple. Years before,
Rebus had investigated the case of The Preacher and this new "upstart"
seems to be following in The Preacher's footsteps. Add in some ghosts
from Rebus' past and Rebus' gangland connections and you've got an intricate,
complicated, fascinating mystery.
This is one of a series of TV films based on the "Inspector Rebus" mystery
novels by author Ian Rankin. For more information about the novels,
The Rebus books are probably
my favorite series. I'm somewhat of a Rebus purist and can't help
but think the film didn't do the book justice. I think the book was
too complex for television, and in cutting out some of the complications,
they lost some of the book's charm. However, John Hannah did a good
job as Rebus, whether or not you think he was 'too young and too healthy'.
He was not chosen because he looked like John Rebus, but because he has
experience and talent at playing complex characters.
If you've read the books
and are interested in discussing them (and the TV series), I invite you
to check out the Inspector
Rebus club on Yahoo.
Rebus: Black and Blue
News: The latest that I've heard is that ITV will be running
all of the REBUS films this fall, one a week for four weeks. This
will probably be around September.