The Real Rebus - an earlier review
By Jeffrey S. Ryan (Breckenridge, Colorado, USA).
I fully agree with you. On hearing that the books were to be brought to Television my immediate vision was of Ken Stott, having seen him act so perfectly his role in Messiah 1 & 2 most notably, and in other crime/thriller/police works. In fact as I read my way through Ian Rankin's books it was Ken Stott I too envisioned. Although I did toy with the idea of actor
being "The Real Rebus", as often it was his face I saw. Again he has acted many Senior Police Offficer Roles, enjoying his cigarettes and his booze in these other dramas, which would definately have given him a good start for John Rebus's character.For me, one person who wasn't the Real Rebus, sadly, was John Hannah. I respect him very much as an actor and enjoy his work in many roles, and I think to give him due respect his body,and language were very well suited to the other John, but he was too Young and good looking - just a laddie. To repeat myself, I believe he played the role as could not be bettered but his God-given features did not gel with his namesake.
With regard to the two, again, female actors who played "Shiv", both young ladies, matched my picture of parts of her, but an amalgamation of the looks and build of "shiv #1" and the University Educated type from England, for one thing, can't be ignored and so "Shiv #2" definately matched with some of the descriptions and glimpses, given to us. And so I leave it to another Ian Rankin fan to name the one (or more) "Shure Shiv".