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Zen

  • 2011
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Rufus Sewell stars as the sharp-suited Italian detective Aurelio Zen in this stylish crime drama based on the best-selling novels by Michael Dibdin.

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Episode 1: Vendetta

Summary

Detective drama, based on the best-selling novels by Michael Dibdin. Aurelio Zen begins to feel like he is the only honest policeman in Rome, as he sees the city becoming overrun by corruption and deceit - and is plunged into the thick of a political scandal when he is sent to re-investigate a murder in a remote village. As pressure increases from all sides, he finds himself longing for Tania Moretti, the Chief of Police's beautiful assistant - but matters become more complicated when a vengeful gangster starts hounding him. Drama, starring Rufus Sewell and Caterina Murino.

Review

BBC1 brought Michael Dibdin’s Italian sleuth to the screen a decade ago, but only a single three-episode series was ever made. “Too many male detectives” was the reason then-controller Danny Cohen gave for binning Rufus Sewell’s sharp-suited crime-solver so quickly. But, in retrospect, it feels like a short-sighted decision, as this debut case has worn rather well, and the 2021 Sewell looks pretty much indistinguishable from his 2011 self. 

If you missed this leisurely feature-length story of corruption and murder the first time around, it’s worth catching now, if only for the interplay between handsome, honest cop Zen and his chief suspect, played by the always engaging Greg Wise. 

How to watch

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There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

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Credits

Cast

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Aurelio ZenRufus Sewell
Tania MorettiCaterina Murino
Amedeo ColonnaBen Miles
MoscatiStanley Townsend
MammaCatherine Spaak
Gilberto NiedduFrancesco Quinn
Tito SpadolaPeter Guinness
Vincenzo FabriEd Stoppard
Giorgio De AngelisVincent Riotta
GuerchiniAnthony Higgins
RomiziSargon Yelda
Renato FavelloniGreg Wise
GiulioFrancis Magee
Pepe SpadolaGregg Chillin
MarioJoseph Long
Guiseppe BiniAdrian Schiller
Ana BiniKatrine De Candole
LuciaChiara Nicola
Fausto ArcutiAdrian Hood
AngeloGarry Cooper
Judge BertoliniRoberto Nobile
BrancoDaniele Monterosi
Rossella NiedduYasemin Sannino
Oscar FasoAlessandro Cica
PaoloRoberto Laureri
Guerchini's aideNausica Benedettini
Faso girl 1Petra Mazurova
Faso girl 2Natalja Garanina

Crew

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DirectorJohn Alexander
ProducerMichael Casey
WriterSimon Burke

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  • Episode 1

    Vendetta

    Summary

    Detective drama, based on the best-selling novels by Michael Dibdin. Aurelio Zen begins to feel like he is the only honest policeman in Rome, as he sees the city becoming overrun by corruption and deceit - and is plunged into the thick of a political scandal when he is sent to re-investigate a murder in a remote village. As pressure increases from all sides, he finds himself longing for Tania Moretti, the Chief of Police's beautiful assistant - but matters become more complicated when a vengeful gangster starts hounding him. Drama, starring Rufus Sewell and Caterina Murino.

    Review

    BBC1 brought Michael Dibdin’s Italian sleuth to the screen a decade ago, but only a single three-episode series was ever made. “Too many male detectives” was the reason then-controller Danny Cohen gave for binning Rufus Sewell’s sharp-suited crime-solver so quickly. But, in retrospect, it feels like a short-sighted decision, as this debut case has worn rather well, and the 2021 Sewell looks pretty much indistinguishable from his 2011 self. 

    If you missed this leisurely feature-length story of corruption and murder the first time around, it’s worth catching now, if only for the interplay between handsome, honest cop Zen and his chief suspect, played by the always engaging Greg Wise. 

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Aurelio ZenRufus Sewell
    Tania MorettiCaterina Murino
    Amedeo ColonnaBen Miles
    MoscatiStanley Townsend
    MammaCatherine Spaak
    Gilberto NiedduFrancesco Quinn
    Tito SpadolaPeter Guinness
    Vincenzo FabriEd Stoppard
    Giorgio De AngelisVincent Riotta
    GuerchiniAnthony Higgins
    RomiziSargon Yelda
    Renato FavelloniGreg Wise
    GiulioFrancis Magee
    Pepe SpadolaGregg Chillin
    MarioJoseph Long
    Guiseppe BiniAdrian Schiller
    Ana BiniKatrine De Candole
    LuciaChiara Nicola
    Fausto ArcutiAdrian Hood
    AngeloGarry Cooper
    Judge BertoliniRoberto Nobile
    BrancoDaniele Monterosi
    Rossella NiedduYasemin Sannino
    Oscar FasoAlessandro Cica
    PaoloRoberto Laureri
    Guerchini's aideNausica Benedettini
    Faso girl 1Petra Mazurova
    Faso girl 2Natalja Garanina

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJohn Alexander
    ProducerMichael Casey
    WriterSimon Burke
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