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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Commissario Salvo Montalbano
... Mimì Augello
... Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio
Isabell Sollman ... Ingrid Sjöström
Angelo Russo ... Agente Catarella
... Nicolò Zito
Marcello Perracchio ... Dottor Pasquano
Tuccio Musumeci ... Pintacuda
Giacinto Ferro ... Questore Bonetti Alderighi
Davide Lo Verde ... Agente Galluzzo
Costantino Carrozza ... Avvocato Guttadauro
Giovanni Battaglia ... Narratore
Carmela Gentile ... Beatrice Di Leo
Roberto Bonura ... Arturo Pecorini
Francesco Colaiemma ... Pasquale Ajena


When a body is found cut into pieces and wrapped in a plastic bag, all signs point to an old-fashioned Mafia-style execution. Why is Detective Montalbano's trusted colleague Mimi Augello suddenly behaving erratically, and insisting on handling the case alone? Could Mimi somehow be involved in the murder? An old friendship is tested as Montalbano tries to help Mimi out of a dangerous situation. Written by thomas dp

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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14 March 2011 (Italy)  »

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When Moltalbano and Tanino are talking while fishing the latter suggests that the young be given courses in "user instructions" to life rather than philosophy. Reference to 'Life: a user's manual' by George Perec. See more »


At the end, Augello's wife and son get into their car to go on vacation. Augello walks away and has a short conversation with Montalbano. When Augello gets in his car and drives away, there is no-one sitting in the passenger seat as you would expect his wife to be sitting there, neither does there seem to be anyone sitting in the back seat. See more »

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The Potter's Field
16 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.

There are many particularly wonderful episodes of 'Inspector Montalbano'. "The Potter's Field" is one of them and one of my personal favourites of the show.

One always expects 'Inspector Montalbano' to look good. As always with 'Inspector Montalbano', "Paper Moon" 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.

Writing is tightly structured and taut, with very funny to hilarious humour (Catarella falling down the slope especially), nice tension and a very compellingly written subplot for Mimi (a very good character, but this is perhaps the most interesting he's been). The case is twisty and a real brain-teaser, always compelling and never illogical.

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

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. Angelo Russo's comic timing is a refreshing and always perfectly timed joy and Cesare Bocci gives some nice intensity to Mimi.

Overall, wonderful episode and one of the best of the show. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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