As I'm a Rebus/Rankin fan and have read all the books, I had high hopes for this, even though they never showed the series in my country. But it turns out that the elementary quandary of how to press a 400-500 pages novel into a 70-minute programme wasn't solved here either. So let's review the good, the bad and the ugly.
The good: Ken Stott is a good Rebus, no qualifications. He's got the body (oops, sorry..) and a voice to take a bath in. The scripts don't give him much room for Rebus's darker side, though. For a TV production, camera work, settings etc. are of good quality.
The bad: As mentioned above, the storylines are disappointingly simplistic, or, as another reviewer put it, linear. Some mild surprises, but nothing to rave about. Compared to the standards of Cracker or Wire in the Blood, this is a letdown, because the books would have offered the necessary material.
The ugly: Not to be taken literally, but I found Claire Price as Siobhan just too one-dimensional. You might find reasons for paring the original stories to fit the TV format, but that is no excuse for substandard acting. The same goes for Jennifer Black as Gill Templer.
So overall a programme that bears watching but doesn't offer half as much Rebus or half as much Edinburgh as I would have hoped.