Does anyone else like Rebus on the forum? Been watching a few of the Ken Stott ones on Drama/Alibi recently and been quite enjoying them. Haven't really seen the John Hannah ones (younger Rebus) to compare but overall a fairly good series from the 1990's-2000's.
I'm a big Rebus fan. I've read all the books. Ian Rankin is a brilliant author, and I recommend any of the novels to anyone. I also have the box sets, which I think are due an airing when I get a bit of time.
The Ken Stott episodes are the best, as Ken matches the character that Ian describes in the books. However, the tv shows tend to only follow one line of the plot (the books have multiple sub plots), and even then very loosely.
The John Hannah tv episodes follow the books better, and being longer are able to develop the storyline better. But John, unfortunately, is not the character Ian paints as he is just a little too young for the part.
I've been to the Oxford Bar which servers a decent pint of 80/ in very sparse surroundings. It's not how it looks on the tv btw.
I'm going to say this once, and once only Gene. Stay out of Camberwick Green!
Just noticed this discussion ! I've become a big fan of the books since last year and I'm gradually working my way through them. I love the new school versus old school policing themes.
Although I picture Ken Stott in my mind when reading, I've never actually seen a full episode as I believe, as Windy mentioned, they devote just one episode to a whole book. Even Ian Rankin himself purposely avoids watching episodes in case it taints his writing style.
For anyone interested in Ian Rankin, the BBC screened a video diary almost ten years ago which followed his writing of the Rebus comeback novel Standing In Another Man's Grave, from the initial stages of a vague idea to publication.