26th April 2000

First episode of Rebus is shown on ITV

The first episode of ITV’s adaptation of the Edinburgh-set Rebus novels was broadcast in the same month as the birthdays of Rebus’ creator, Ian Rankin, and the actor who first played him on screen, John Hannah. The first episode was based on the eighth Rebus novel, Black & Blue. The first book in the series, Knots and Crosses, which had been published ten years earlier, didn’t make it to screen until the end of the fourth series, and was broadcast on 7 December 2007.

Hannah played John Rebus for two series, comprising six episodes in all, after which he handed the reins to actor Ken Stott.



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