"Rebus,Set 1" is another superb British crime drama/police procedural television series, based on the work of best selling Scottish author Ian Rankin, made by Independent Television (ITV). The series is set in the beautiful tourist city of Edinburgh, capital of Scotland, as are the author's works; however, in this production, as in the books on which it's based, we see the beautiful tourist city only in passing, on our way to such menacing high-rise council housing as Knoxland, where a lot of the action takes place. Rankin's first Rebus novel, Knots And Crosses, was published in 1987, to great critical acclaim. He was accredited with helping to create "tartan noir,"a Scottish take on the usual mystery; tougher, bloodier, more nasty-minded, and delivered with that sardonic Scots humor. Since then, he's won the prestigious "Edgar," and become the United Kingdom's best selling mystery author; his works have been translated into 22 languages. Luckily for us all, he's published quite a bit, so that the TV series has plenty of his actual works on which to be based. The novels used for Set 1 have been adapted for TV by Daniel Boyle (AKA Danny Boyle), greatly talented Celtic writer/director, who's written such series as Hamish MacBeth : Series 1-3 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]; Inspector Morse - The Complete Collection [DVD] ;and Taggart - The 2009 Collection [DVD];and has given us such movies as Trainspotting [DVD] , and Slumdog Millionaire [DVD] . He conveys the tension and atmosphere of the originals admirably; gives us many plot twists and turns, and the ironic local wit. Location photography in the city of Edinburgh is excellent, giving us its damp, cold, foggy ambiance. Disk 1, "The Falls," concerns a really unhappy high profile family. It gives us the Glasgow-born Sharon Small, who plays Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, loyal sidekick in Inspector Lynley Series 5 [DVD] , as Miranda Masterson; Rebus's current love interest. Disk 2, "Fleshmarket Close,"concerns recent immigrants to the U.K., and native-born racist bias against them. This production has been happily recast from the previous series that starred Scottish actor John Hannah (McCallum [DVD]). In his place, we have Ken Stott,(The Vice: The Complete Series (repackaged) [DVD]) a much-admired TV actor, as Detective Inspector Rebus. And let me be the first to say that, pleasant as I find it to look at Hannah, he may have been too slightly-built to play a police officer, and too pretty to play a hard-bitten, hard-drinking eccentric man. Stott is a revelation, bringing great gravitas to the brooding cop. Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke has also been recast, with Claire Price; so has Detective Chief Superintendent Gill Templer, meant to be a former lover of Rebus's, with Jennifer Black. And there's a further very welcome development indeed: the addition of subtitles, for those of us, most of us, who will find the Edinburgh accent difficult. I think you'll find this series is a keeper.