Friday, March 23, 2007


I had a call a few months ago from the makers of 'Rebus', the tv series based on the character created by Ian Rankin to see if I'd be interested in writing a script. Now I've gone off tv a bit since the fiasco over 'Murphy's Law' - fired from my own series, no less! - and generally find meetings with TV people quite stressfull/humiliating/embarrassing. But I like Ian Rankin's books, and Ken Stott is very good in the TV series, so I was having a good think about it when, the very next day my good friend David from No Alibis bookshop called and said Ian Rankin was calling into the shop the next day for a cup of coffee, and did I fancy meeting him. I took this as A Sign From God (you know, God, small round bloke, beard, looks like Van Morrison, but his songs aren't as good)and scooted off to Belfast. Turns out that Ian Rankin, Best Selling Author, Cultural Commentator, is a very decent bloke and I'd a good natter with him. I somewhat hesitantly raised the issue of me writing for Rebus - because we authors can be notoriously protective of our stuff - and seemed more than happy for me to have a crack. 'Just don't change his taste in music,' was his only request. So, I've written the script, it's called (at the moment, anyway) The First Stone, and it started filming in Scotland last week. I think it will probably be on in the Autumn. It's made by SMG in Scotland, and I can honestly say it's the best experience I've yet had working in TV. No bullshit, in other words. I mean, knowing me, we'll probably have a huge fall out somewhere down the line, but at the moment everything is smelling of roses.


Blogger ajs said...

Any updates then Colin on the Rebus project.

12:27 pm  
Blogger Jo Adams said...

What a great opportunity! I look forward to seeing the finished product.
Is there any chance at all I can I buy a copy of your script? Purely for my own education in writing!

4:09 am  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

Dear Mr Bateman - thank you so much for the enjoyment I had from just reading Dvorak Jack.

I came online just to Guugle your name to see what else i could look for and whammo! the motherlode. what a thrill.
I loved Murphy's Law
(which has just finished screening on national TV here in Australia)
"God, small round bloke, beard, looks like Van Morrison, but his songs aren't as good"

"you know, God.
bit like Van Morrison
only less crabby"

and you think we aren't listening properly?
thank you again.

11:14 am  

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