The BBC’s adaption of Rebus based on the best-selling books by Ian Rankin has officially dropped today (May 17).

The long-running detective series has previously appeared on ITV featuring John Hannah followed by Ken Stott, but it has now been given a reboot on its rival broadcaster.

This time, it’s Outlander star Richard Rankin taking on the famous role of Edinburgh detective John Rebus which was filmed across the Scottish capital and Glasgow.

Here is everything you need to know about Rebus on the BBC, including when it airs on BBC Scotland, BBC One and the full cast list – you can even watch the trailer below.

What is BBC's Rebus about?

Shaken after a violent encounter with gangster Ger Cafferty, Rebus finds himself at a psychological crossroads.

At odds with a job increasingly driven by corporate technocrats, involved in a toxic affair he knows he needs to end, and all but supplanted in his daughter’s life by his ex-wife’s wealthy new husband, Rebus begins to wonder if he still has a role to play – either as a family man or a police officer.

In a time of divisive politics and national discord, Rebus’ broke, ex-soldier brother Michael desperately crosses the line to provide for his family, and Rebus begins to wonder if the law still has meaning, or if everyone is reverting to an older set of rules. And if so, why shouldn’t Rebus do so too?

Oxford Mail: Mary Queen of Scots and Trying stars also appear in RebusMary Queen of Scots and Trying stars also appear in Rebus (Image: BBC/Viaplay /Eleventh Hour/Mark Mainz)

BBC Rebus full cast list – who is in it?

From Ridley to Virgil and Bodyguard stars, here is the cast list for Rebus on the BBC (according to Radio Times):

  • Richard Rankin (Outlander, The Replacement) as John Rebus
  • Brian Ferguson (The Ipcress File, Spanish Princess) as John’s brother Michael Rebus
  • Lucie Shorthouse (Line of Duty, Ten Percent) as Detective Constable Siobhan Clarke
  • Amy Manson (The Nevers, The Diplomat)
  • Neshla Caplan (The Rig, Scot Squad)
  • Noof Ousellam (Vigil, Guilt)
  • Stuart Bowman (The Serpent, Bodyguard)
  • Caroline Lee Johnson (Trying, Ridley)
  • Sean Buchanan (Censor, Mary Queen of Scots)
  • Thoren Ferguson (The Midwich Cuckoos)
  • Michelle Duncan (Baptise, Elizabeth Is Missing)

How to watch the trailer for BBC's Rebus

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How to watch BBC's Rebus on TV

All six episodes of Rebus landed on BBC iPlayer at 6am this morning.

However, the first episode will also air on BBC Scotland tonight at 10pm.

It will then be on BBC One on Saturday (May 18) at 9.25pm.