Inspector Montalbano visits a luxury boat driven into Vigata harbor by a storm, because while off the coast the crew found a corpse in a drifting row-boat. This is a murder case because the dead man was both poisoned and disfigured to prevent identification.

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Episode credited cast:
... Commissario Salvo Montalbano
... Mimì Augello
... Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio
Angelo Russo ... Agente Catarella
... Nicolò Zito
Marcello Perracchio ... Dottor Pasquano
Giacinto Ferro ... Questore Bonetti Alderighi
Davide Lo Verde ... Agente Galluzzo
... Comandante Sperlì
Paolo Gasparini ... Mario Di Giulio
... Livia Giovannini
Ana Caterina Morariu ... Vanna Di Giulio
... Laura Belladonna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ettore Colombo ... Sferlazza
Gianluigi Fogacci ... Garrufo
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Inspector Montalbano visits a luxury boat driven into Vigata harbor by a storm, because while off the coast the crew found a corpse in a drifting row-boat. This is a murder case because the dead man was both poisoned and disfigured to prevent identification.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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4 April 2011 (Italy)  »

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A disfigured body and a mysterious boat
17 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Love detective mystery dramas, particularly those from the UK and US ('Inspector Morse', 'A Touch of Frost', 'Foyle's War', 'Inspector George Gently', 'Midsomer Murders', 'Law and Order', 'Criminal Minds', 'Monk' and 'Murder She Wrote' for examples, and non-English/American ones (i.e. The Swedish 'Wallander' and the Danish 'The Killing') also fascinate me.

'Inspector Montalbano' is one of the best and most entertaining examples. It is not easy breathing freshness into a well-worn genre but 'Inspector Montalbano' manages to do so with aplomb. Watching 'Inspector Montalbano' is like eating a delicious Italian meal that immensely satisfies and leaves you wanting more. There may be very familiar tropes, but in a way it's inevitable and doesn't detract from the enjoyment at all.

"The Age of Doubt" continues the high quality of 'Inspector Montalbano' without being one of the greatest episodes. The whole stuff with the boat is a little too guessable too soon, but still manages to be intriguing. There is barely anything that can be considered wrong here though.

One always expects 'Inspector Montalbano' to look good. As always with 'Inspector Montalbano', "The Age of Doubt" is beautifully shot and the scenery is stunning, making those who've never been to Italy want to book a holiday there as soon as possible and is a treat for anybody who loves all things Italian. The scenery as always is atmospheric and the use of it very clever. The music is never over-bearing or low-key with a nice atmosphere and flavour, a lot of it is very cleverly used. The sound effects are remarkably authentic.

As ever, there is a very good mix of humour, tension and poignant human drama, with a story that's continually absorbing, tightly plotted, complicated without being incoherent and never illogical. It starts with a somewhat surreal opening sequence, while the denouement is both tense and tragic.

Characters may be stereotypes but well-written ones, especially one of the most fascinating foreign detective mystery dramas titular characters there is to me.

Acting is terrific, especially from Luca Zingaretti who is a treasure in the title role, having a perfect balance of comedy and drama and playing it straight while always engaging with his material. All the other regulars turn in great work and Isabella Ragonese's Laura is a lovely welcome presence.

On the whole, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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