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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 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 ...  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
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Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy.

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UK | Italy | Germany

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English

Release Date:

17 July 2011 (USA) See more »

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Zen See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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(3 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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The BBC get it right for once
11 May 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

And then they go and axe it. Typical.

ZEN was a three-part miniseries adaptation of of the literary detective Aurelio Zen. The BBC took the decision to shoot in English and not bother with dodgy accents, which works well.

I found all three episodes to be smart, stylish and above average thrillers. Each episode contains danger, intrigue, political machinations, romance and humour. Rufus Sewell is perfectly cast and plays Zen to the hilt, and he's supported by an excellent list of actors headed by the lovely Caterina Munro.

Add in some classy music and beautiful locations and you have a winning series. Of the three episodes, the first, VENDETTA, is the strongest, featuring a murderous assassin; the second, CABAL, gets tied up in government conspiracies and shady suited figures; the third and weakest, RANSOM, features Zen thrown into the middle of a kidnapping where nothing is what it seems.

It's a shame we'll never find out who was at the other end of the phone but nonetheless, ZEN made for great viewing.


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