Sir Ian Rankin’s popular novel series about detective John Rebus, is back on our screens in a new form, which time with Richard Rankin taking on the eponymous lead role. To mark the release of the launch of this new show – which airs on BBC on May 17, we had the pleasure in speaking to the Scottish actor, as he talks about taking on this role, and why it felt so important to bring a great deal of authenticity to proceedings. Meanwhile, he also chats to us about the forthcoming, final season of Outlander, and what the future holds.

Watch the full interview with Richard Rankin here:


Set in Edinburgh, the six-part series follows Rebus as he’s drawn into a violent criminal conflict that turns personal when his brother Michael, a former soldier, crosses the line into criminality. Rebus finds himself torn between protecting his brother and enforcing the law to bring Michael to justice. This epic series explores family, morality and class through an emotionally-charged story, set against the Scottish landmarks that Rankin’s readers know so well.

Rebus launches on the BBC on Friday 17 May. All episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer from 6am, with episode one airing on BBC Scotland on Friday 17 May at 10pm and on BBC One on Saturday 18 May at 9:25pm