Intro by Iain Rankin TBC)
Reichenbach Falls (2007 TV Drama) – Written by James Mavor and based on an original idea by Ian Rankin,
Jim Buchan and Jack Harvey were friends. But that was a long time ago. In Reichenbach Falls, the lives of these estranged men are thrown together again, then blown apart.
Wry and obsessive DI Buchan (Alec Newman) is a cop on the edge; suave and self-assured Jack Harvey (Alastair Mackenzie) is a best-selling crime novelist with the world at his feet.
As Buchan probes a 100-year-old cold case, the investigation takes him into the dark Jekyll-and-Hyde underworld of Edinburgh and on a parallel journey into the Scottish capital’s literary past that leads him to question the very nature of his own existence.
Reichenbach Falls also stars Nina Sosanya as Buchan’s detective sidekick, Sinead Burns, Richard Wilson as a ghostly Arthur Conan Doyle, John Sessions as Professor Bell, a sinister academic who assists the investigation, and Laura Fraser as Clara, Buchan’s long-suffering ex-wife. Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark makes a cameo appearance.
Reichenbach Falls is a BBC Scotland co-production with BBC Four. The Executive Producers are Richard Fell and Anne Mensah.
With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive.
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