Based on the best-selling books by Sir Ian Rankin, this series reimagines the iconic character John Rebus as a younger Detective Sergeant, drawn into a violent criminal conflict that turns personal when his brother Michael, a former soldier, crosses the line into criminality.

Demoted John Rebus is at a psychological crossroads. Involved in a toxic affair with the wife of his disabled former police partner and all but replaced in his daughter’s life by his ex-wife’s new wealthy husband, Rebus wonders if he still has a role left either as a family man or as a police officer. In a world of divisive politics and national deprivation, does the law still have meaning or is everyone reverting to an older set of rules? And if so, why shouldn’t Rebus?

A brazen daylight attack draws Rebus and his new partner into a gang war which escalates when Rebus’s ex-soldier brother steals from drug dealers to provide for his family. Rebus finds himself torn between protecting his brother and enforcing the law to bring him to justice. A fresh and thrilling offering in the high-end crime genre, with a globally recognisable character at the heart of the story.

Sir Ian Rankin’s award-winning Rebus novels have sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into 36 languages.


Thriller, Crime, Drama, MIPTV Line-up


6 x 45'




Richard Rankin, Brian Ferguson, Lucie Shorthouse, Stuart Bowman, Amy Manson, Neshla Caplan, Noof Ousellam, Caroline Lee-Johnson, Sean Buchanan, Thoren Ferguson, Michelle Duncan


Niall MacCormick, Fiona Walton


Gregory Burke

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Eleventh Hour Film

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REBUS offers a fresh interpretation of the beloved character from Sir Ian Rankin’s acclaimed detective novels. The six-part series is written by the award-winning Gregory Burke (Entebbe) and is skillfully directed by Niall MacCormick (Complicit) and Fiona Walton (Shetland).

The all-star cast includes Richard Rankin (Outlander), Brian Ferguson (The Ipcress File), Lucie Shorthouse (Line of Duty), Stuart Bowman (The Serpent), Amy Manson (The Never), Neshla Caplan (The Rig), Noof Ousellam (Andor), Caroline Lee-Johnson (Trying), Sean Buchanan (Mary Queen of Scots), Thoren Ferguson (Emmerdale) and Michelle Duncan (Baptiste).

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