Edinburgh filming: Rebus author Ian Rankin stumbles across filming of new TV series based on his books

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Author Ian Rankin spots filming of new Rebus series in Edinburgh’s New Town

Rebus creator Sir Ian Rankin has stumbled across filming in the capital for the latest TV series based on his books about the iconic fictional Edinburgh detective.

Filming of the new Viaplay-commissioned Rebus television series, starring Outlander star Richard Rankin in the lead role, has been spotted in locations across the city in the past couple of weeks.

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After seeing the film crew in Edinburgh city centre on Tuesday, May 16, the acclaimed Fife-born writer now living in Edinburgh posted a photo online and said: “In town earlier. Film crew parked up. ‘What’s happening, lads?’ ‘It’s called Rebus.’ Right you are…”

Ian Rankin shared this photo after he spotted filming in EdinburghIan Rankin shared this photo after he spotted filming in Edinburgh
Ian Rankin shared this photo after he spotted filming in Edinburgh

His tweet prompted warm responses from his Twitter followers, with some asking if he was due to make a small cameo in the latest incarnation of Rebus on the small screen.

While Stuart Duncan said: “That's the level of fame that everyone should strive for. International best selling author beloved of millions who can still go unrecognised in his home city..... by a film crew working on a TV adaptation of his creation. Probably as well, you'd never have been able to leave...”

The new six-part Rebus TV series is produced by Eleventh Hour Films, written by Gregory Burke (Entebbe, 71) and directed by Niall MacCormick (Complicit, The Victim, Wallander) and Fiona Walton (Shetland, Annika), the show will stream exclusively on Viaplay in 2024. The new story is set in contemporary Scotland and follows Rebus in his late 30s, who finds himself at a psychological crossroads.