Il commissario De Luca: Season 1, Episode 2

Carta Bianca (28 Apr. 2008)

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The second episode, takes place in 1945. Mussolini is still in power, but the Nazis have overcome the country and the Allies are quickly pushing in. Here, De Luca must solve the murder of a... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alessandro Preziosi ...
Raffaella Rea ...
Rolando Ravello ...
Corrado Fortuna ...
Sonia Zuccari
Antonia Truppo ...
Assuntina Manna
Ivan Olivieri
Roberto Turchetta
Mauro Marino
Mino Manni
Elisabetta Pedrazzi ...
(as Betti Pedrazzi)
Laura Mazzi
Anna Bellato
Angelica Leo ...
Luciano Roffi


The second episode, takes place in 1945. Mussolini is still in power, but the Nazis have overcome the country and the Allies are quickly pushing in. Here, De Luca must solve the murder of a wealthy bachelor. Solving the mystery brings De Luca into contact with the victim's eclectic group of friends, including adoring single women, bored socialite wives, servants and powerful associates of Mussolini. Written by Anonymous

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Carte Blanche
29 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Several years have passed since the first episode, now the war is nearing its end but De Luca is still in the Fascist controlled part of Italy. He is now regarded as a hero after saving Mussolini's life; this doesn't seem to make his life any easier though… when a murder occurs he is still expected to go after the 'right' people rather than guilty if it looks like the guilty might have links to the party or the Germans. He has only just arrived at his new posting in Bologna when the murder occurs and there are plenty of suspects and motives. The investigation reveals that the dead man had been selling morphine and on the day he died he had seen at least two woman. Initially it seems a count or his drug-addict daughter could be guilty and De Luca's bosses seemed pleased with the result; De Luca isn't convinced though and further investigation puts him and his team in real danger.

This episode had a darker feeling to it than the opener; as the war is reaching its closing days there are many dangers; the fascists what the 'right' result and anti-fascists have put De Luca on a death list for saving Mussolini. The mystery was interesting with plenty of suspects and motives to keep the viewer guessing until the end. The episode showed a softer side to De Luca's character as he befriends an orphan-boy and even recovers a prized toy for him. Alessandro Preziosi continues to do a fine job as Inspector De Luca… a very different character to Inspector Montalbano; the other Italian Detective to feature in BBC4's Euro-crime slot. Overall I'd say this was another good episode; it is just a shame that there are only two more left.

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