So, Ian Rankin is one of the best plotters in the crime writing business: multi-layered the various threads come together in a manner reminiscent of Ellroy at his best. So, you’d think that in adapting his novels they might consider keeping the main plot threads. “The Falls” (ITV1 at the moment) is a travesty. I’ll avoid spoilers for viewers and readers, but so to transform the plot that the victim in the opening moments in the TV show is a pivotal character throughout the book; that a political agenda is added to the TV adaptation, not present in the novel (and it’s not because Rankin doesn’t do political – this is one of the things that makes him rewarding is the way he engages with political and moral debates) suggests that – irrespective of the presence of the great Ken Stott – Rankin is being treated with as little respect as Reginald Hill was when ITV cast Hale and Pace as Dalziel and Pascoe.
And if the production team is going to make great play of having an Edinburgh man as the lead actor – could someone point them in the direction of the books and point out that Rebus is from Fife. Where the lead actor is from is irrelevant… And in any event the production team missed a trick by not casting Alex Newton, Buchan in the rather marvellous Reichenbach Falls on BBC4 last week.