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Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy.




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Series cast summary:
Rufus Sewell ...  Aurelio Zen 3 episodes, 2011
Caterina Murino ...  Tania Moretti 3 episodes, 2011
Nathalie Rapti Gomez ...  Maria 3 episodes, 2011
Stanley Townsend ...  Moscati 3 episodes, 2011
Ben Miles ...  Amedeo Colonna 3 episodes, 2011
Vincent Riotta ...  Giorgio de Angelis 3 episodes, 2011
Catherine Spaak ...  Donata / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Sargon Yelda ...  Romizi 3 episodes, 2011
Francesco Quinn ...  Gilberto Nieddu 3 episodes, 2011
Ed Stoppard ...  Vincenzo Fabri 3 episodes, 2011
Anthony Higgins ...  Guerchini / ... 3 episodes, 2011
Garry Cooper ...  Angelo 3 episodes, 2011
Daniele Monterosi Daniele Monterosi ...  Branco 2 episodes, 2011
Valentina Cervi ...  Arianna von Falkenhayn 2 episodes, 2011
Cosima Shaw ...  Nadia Pirlo 2 episodes, 2011
Adrian Schiller ...  Giuseppe Bini 2 episodes, 2011
Massimiliano Ubaldi Massimiliano Ubaldi ...  Tomassini 2 episodes, 2011


Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Great BBC series about an Italian cop
16 January 2011 | by TweekumsSee all my reviews

After the success of the BBC version of the Swedish police drama 'Wallander' it appears that they decided to make another police show set on the continent, this time trading Scandinavia for the warmth of Italy. Set in Rome this series follows three cases for Detective Aurelio Zen. It quickly becomes apparent that he is one of the few honest cops but that doesn't stop politicians leaning on him to solve cases that serve them whether or not justice prevails. Zen isn't perfect though; he is having an illicit affair with a woman he works with for starters. The stories themselves are gripping and there are plenty of suspects for Zen and the viewer to wonder who did it.

This series is very different to Wallander, he isn't full of angst or suffering family problems; he just gets on with the job while enjoying life and being dressed in a very sharp suit; Rufus Sewell is great in the role. The series is filmed in a way that conveys the heat of the setting so that even though most of the actors speak with English accents nobody would think they were meant to be British. The decision not to have non-Italian cast members speaking in mock Italian accents was wise; ever since 'Allo 'Allo false foreign accents have seemed humorous rather than clever. It is just a pity that the series was only three episodes long; I hope it will be successful enough to warrant further series in the future.

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Release Date:

17 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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16:9 HD
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