Rebus

Rebus
Friday 7 December 2007 9:00pm – 10:30pm on ITV1.

Rebus (Ken Stott) is preparing to testify in a murder case at the High Court of Justice. At the last moment he receives word that the case has been adjourned. In the court lobby, the relatives of the victim, Michael Robertson, and the accused, Daniel Carr (Nick Rhys), are unsure as to what has provoked this decision, but it soon becomes clear that the case has fallen apart. And Rebus, unfortunately, appears to be the cause.

The defense team argues that Rebus obtained a wrongful confession from the accused allegedly using coercion in the process, making Carr’s admission of guilt invalid. As Rebus was alone in the interview room with the suspect when the confession was obtained, there is no-one to corroborate his version of events – it’s his word against Carr’s.

It is therefore ruled that there is no case to answer and Daniel Carr walks free, leaving Rebus to face the wrath, not only of the victim’s father – ex-gangster Brian Robertson (Brian McCardie) – but also of his peers as an internal enquiry is launched into his conduct.

Undeterred by the pending investigation, Rebus tracks down Daniel Carr to the pub outside which Michael Robertson was stabbed. Inside, family and well-wishers are enthusiastically celebrating his freedom, none more so than his brother Peter (Sam Heughan), but Daniel himself seems uneasy and despondent, only compounding Rebus’ belief in his guilt.

The injustice of his release is short-lived however as only hours after the acquittal, Daniel Carr is murdered, his body found in the exact spot where Michael Robertson lost his life. Unsurprisingly, Brian Robertson is the prime suspect. The idea that a grieving father would want to avenge his own son’s murder is easy to understand, but Brian is quick to protest his innocence and there’s no evidence to prove otherwise.

The fact that Rebus sought out Carr on the night of his death only adds fuel to what is already becoming an internal affairs inferno. DCS Clive Dawson (Kevin McMonagle) and his team are going through the minutiae of Rebus’ police career with a fine tooth comb, eager to unearth evidence of misconduct. One day in, and they’re already spoilt for choice. DS Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price) in particular is feeling the pressure of the investigation. She wants to help Rebus, but doesn’t relish being marked out as his ally.

As Rebus delves more deeply into Daniel Carr’s murder it becomes evident that there may be a drug connection worthy of exploration. A possible suspect by the name of McFarlane (Garry Sweeny) comes to light and CSI Gill Templer (Jennifer Black) puts pressure on Rebus to secure an arrest. However, this lead falls through when it’s discovered that he was under surveillance on the night in question – the police themselves have provided his alibi.

Rebus’ growing malaise with regards to the case is compounded by a package that’s been sent to him. Inside is a note and some elaborately knotted rope. It’s not the first of these strange packages he’s received but he’s totally at a loss as to their significance.

The investigation reaches crisis point when Peter Carr is found murdered in exactly the same circumstances as his brother Daniel. Drastic measures must be taken to avert further bloodshed, but to uncover the truth, Rebus must first unravel a complex web of lies that runs through the heart of both families.

Rebus
Friday 19 October 2007 9:00pm – 10:30pm on ITV1.

Edinburgh is in the midst of the build-up to the world trade summit with demonstrations and protestors in abundance. Despite this, Rebus (Ken Stott) has managed to wangle a day off. He heads into the pub to meet his journalist friend Mickey (Jimmy Yuill) for a pre-football pint. However, a phone-call from DS Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price) bursts their bubble, and Rebus is forced to leave a disappointed Mickey behind as he departs for a murder scene.

An unidentified body has been discovered in the grounds of Macintosh House Hotel, the venue where the summit talks are to take place. As Rebus and Siobhan begin their preliminary investigations, they are interrupted by the arrival of Commander Steelforth (Nicholas Jones). Steelforth is heading up the SO12 unit providing security for the summit, and as such is unhappy to find a murder victim in such close proximity to the venue. He and Rebus immediately clash over the running of the case and he tries, unsuccessfully, to persuade Rebus to shut down the crime scene until the talks are over.

However, this body proves to be the least of Steelforth’s worries, when a suspicious death occurs at Edinburgh Castle. Development minister Ben Webster is found beneath the castle ramparts after a ministerial dinner – but did he jump or was he pushed? Steelforth informs Rebus that the castle’s CCTV system is down, and all lines of inquiry seem to be covered. Steelforth suggests that Rebus sticks to identifying the victim from earlier in the day, and leaves this case to his officers. Rebus is convinced Steelforth is hiding something, and spurred on by reports that Webster cried out as he fell, he hot-foots it to the Balmoral hotel where Webster was staying.

With SO12 already in Webster’s room, there’s no chance of gaining access, but a few words with the receptionist reveal that a company called Pennen Industries was footing the bill for his suite.

Back in the pub, Mickey gives him the low-down on Pennen, an arms company which has forged strong links with the government with Webster was their key liaison. Rebus begins to suspect that Webster may have been involved in some dodgy arms trading with Pennen. At the mortuary, Rebus meets Stacy Webster (Julie Graham), Ben’s sister, who has formally identified his body. Initially she seems wary of him and is unwilling to talk, but they soon establish a tentative friendship.

Meanwhile, after tracing some clothing found at the scene of crime to an Edinburgh garage, Siobhan identifies the murder victim as Trevor Guest and sets about discovering why someone would want to him dead. A visit to Guest’s wife on the bleak Craigmillar estate sheds little light.

Leaving the pub that evening, having arranged to meet Stacy, Rebus is manhandled into an unmarked van by a group of SO12 officers. He’s convinced that Steelforth has sanctioned this bizarre arrest, but is powerless to retaliate.

On hearing that Webster’s body has been released for burial, Rebus tracks Stacy down to the church where she’s saying her goodbyes to her brother. Made vulnerable by the situation, she confides in him and they share a moment, both lost souls. They sleep together that night but Rebus is surprised to wake up and find her gone. He’s even more puzzled when she’s absent from the funeral later that day.

Forced by Steelforth and CSI Templer (Jennifer Black) to abandon the Webster case, Rebus diverts all his energies into helping Siobhan with the Guest investigation. As he delves further into Guest’s past, he begins to suspect that there may be a connection between his murder and a brutal killing in the coastal town of Gullane five years previously. With tensions running high, a shocking revelation causes Rebus to question his interminable desire to uncover the truth and ultimately he is forced to acknowledge that sometimes it’s the last thing even he wants to hear.

Ken Stott returns to the role of Inspector John Rebus in four new feature-length television adaptations of Rebus based on Ian Rankin’s best selling novels.

Edinburgh is in the midst of the build-up to the world trade summit with demonstrations and protestors in abundance. Despite this, Rebus (Ken Stott) has managed to wangle a day off. He heads into the pub to meet his journalist friend Mickey (Jimmy Yuill) for a pre-football pint. However, a phone-call from DS Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price) bursts their bubble, and Rebus is forced to leave a disappointed Mickey behind as he departs for a murder scene.

An unidentified body has been discovered in the grounds of Macintosh House Hotel, the venue where the summit talks are to take place. As Rebus and Siobhan begin their preliminary investigations, they are interrupted by the arrival of Commander Steelforth (Nicholas Jones). Steelforth is heading up the SO12 unit providing security for the summit, and as such is unhappy to find a murder victim in such close proximity to the venue. He and Rebus immediately clash over the running of the case and he tries, unsuccessfully, to persuade Rebus to shut down the crime scene until the talks are over.

However, this body proves to be the least of Steelforth’s worries, when a suspicious death occurs at Edinburgh Castle. Development minister Ben Webster is found beneath the castle ramparts after a ministerial dinner – but did he jump or was he pushed? Steelforth informs Rebus that the castle’s CCTV system is down, and all lines of inquiry seem to be covered. Steelforth suggests that Rebus sticks to identifying the victim from earlier in the day, and leaves this case to his officers. Rebus is convinced Steelforth is hiding something, and spurred on by reports that Webster cried out as he fell, he hot-foots it to the Balmoral hotel where Webster was staying.

With SO12 already in Webster’s room, there’s no chance of gaining access, but a few words with the receptionist reveal that a company called Pennen Industries was footing the bill for his suite.

Back in the pub, Mickey gives him the low-down on Pennen, an arms company which has forged strong links with the government with Webster was their key liaison. Rebus begins to suspect that Webster may have been involved in some dodgy arms trading with Pennen. At the mortuary, Rebus meets Stacy Webster (Julie Graham), Ben’s sister, who has formally identified his body. Initially she seems wary of him and is unwilling to talk, but they soon establish a tentative friendship.

Meanwhile, after tracing some clothing found at the scene of crime to an Edinburgh garage, Siobhan identifies the murder victim as Trevor Guest and sets about discovering why someone would want to him dead. A visit to Guest’s wife on the bleak Craigmillar estate sheds little light.

Leaving the pub that evening, having arranged to meet Stacy, Rebus is manhandled into an unmarked van by a group of SO12 officers. He’s convinced that Steelforth has sanctioned this bizarre arrest, but is powerless to retaliate.

On hearing that Webster’s body has been released for burial, Rebus tracks Stacy down to the church where she’s saying her goodbyes to her brother. Made vulnerable by the situation, she confides in him and they share a moment, both lost souls. They sleep together that night but Rebus is surprised to wake up and find her gone. He’s even more puzzled when she’s absent from the funeral later that day.

Forced by Steelforth and CSI Templer (Jennifer Black) to abandon the Webster case, Rebus diverts all his energies into helping Siobhan with the Guest investigation. As he delves further into Guest’s past, he begins to suspect that there may be a connection between his murder and a brutal killing in the coastal town of Gullane five years previously. With tensions running high, a shocking revelation causes Rebus to question his interminable desire to uncover the truth and ultimately he is forced to acknowledge that sometimes it’s the last thing even he wants to hear.

Ken Stott returns to the role of Inspector John Rebus in four new feature-length television adaptations of Rebus based on Ian Rankin’s best selling novels.

The Moderator elect of the Church of Scotland, Derek Brady, is found naked in a car with his throat cut. Next to him is a female passenger in a similar state. The car is discovered in a park notorious for being used by lovers.

Rebus (Ken Stott), meanwhile, is visiting an elderly ex-colleague. Ken Flatley (Andrew Neil) was his first station sergeant but is now in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and is convinced that some members of staff at his nursing home are trying to poison him. On receiving news of the murders, Rebus cuts his visit short; nevertheless assuring Flatley he’ll investigate his concerns.

DS Siobhan Clarke (Claire Price) is already at the crime scene when Rebus arrives. The female passenger is identified as Iris Steele, wife of scrap merchant Tommy (Lorcan Cranitch). Initially, he seems the obvious first port of call – jealous husband kills his wife and rival in a vengeful rage – but whilst Tommy is certainly a nasty piece of work, Rebus is unconvinced that he’s responsible for the murders.

Brady’s widow, Alice (Cara Kelly) seems completely bemused by his murder. She knew Iris Steele, but totally refutes the suggestion that her husband may have been an adulterer. The outgoing moderator Reverend Carson (Michael Carter), is also at the Brady house. An imposing religious presence, he too is dismissive of talk of affairs, and is adamant that Derek was a decent, upstanding member of the community.

At a press conference on the murder enquiry, Rebus is approached by young reporter Jean Munro (Hannah Donaldson) keen to get a lead. Admiring her persistence after she successfully tails him to the Oxford Bar, Rebus throws her a bone in the shape of Flatley’s nursing home poisoning allegations.

Back in the incident room fresh theories abound. Was Brady attacked for taking any particularly extreme religious stances on issues of morality? At the general assembly, Rebus talks to Andrew McLeod (John Stahl) one of the men responsible for vetting potential candidates for the moderatorship. McLeod is quick in his assurances that Brady was no better or worse than the next man, but Rebus can’t help but think he’s holding something back.

With the case at a relative impasse, Rebus persuades a reticent CSI Gill Templer (Jennifer Black) to join him in a visit to Ken Flatley. Although confused, Flatley notices Rebus on the news broadcast of the press conference and seems to recognise the photo of Iris Steele, although something appears to be bothering him about her – it’s as if the name doesn’t quite fit the picture.

The impasse is broken when one of the rival candidates for the moderatorship is murdered. As with the previous victims, Andrew Mason (Sandy Welch) is found in his car with his throat slit. In an even more sinister turn, it appears that this murder was reported in a crank call to a local radio station. Could the DJ, Michael Walker (Ewan Stewart) shed some light on the proceedings?

As the investigation comes to a head, the church’s tendency to deal with matters internally, and protect its own comes back to haunt it. Secrets and lies hidden for years start to unravel with fatal consequences.

Written by Colin Bateman.
Directed by Morag Fullarton.

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