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Aurelio Zen is a formidable detective, but he's always put honesty before advancement. The arrival of clever and ambitious Tania to the team sees Zen's vigor reawakened. Driven by romance, re-energized, and armed with a new confidence, Zen's investigations take him from crowded Rome to the spectacular Italian countryside as he negotiates a complex string of murder cases.
Publisher: [United States] : BBC Worldwide Americas, 2011
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780780671348
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE ZEN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (Not rated)(265 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Vendetta
Notes: Title from disc label
Originally produced for television in 2010 by BBC; broadcast in the United States as episodes of Masterpiece on public television
Based on the novels by Michael Dibdin
Extras: Zen: an Italian adventure


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Jan 18, 2019

Maybe if you’re Italian the style would appeal. Wanted to love it... didn’t get through 15 minutes.

Dec 27, 2017

Good detective stories. It seems corruption permeates all aspects of life in this series, but the detective stories are so interesting that it pulled me in and kept me there to the end.

Nov 18, 2017

Well shoot! I really enjoyed this - he's so Italian.ly smooth, but not :-) ... Stories are good, acting is great. I watch a great deal of Euro-mystery-tv and enjoy most of them. Read they didn't keep Zen because they already had a sufficent number of mystery series with male inspector (etc) leads. But this was different - it brings in a warmth that is area/culture related, missing in the more reserved/chilly northern feeling of some of the others. Sigh.

Sep 10, 2017

A very good adaptation of three Didbin books. Good acting and location, a little taste of Italian politics.

Feb 28, 2015

Classy, clever & stylish. The plot-lines are actually plausible & no gratuitous gore (which is so fashionable these days) ... yet it manages to hold your attention. Beautiful scenes of Rome are an added bonus. My only complaint??...only 3 episodes so far :( ...hope there are more to come!!

Feb 05, 2015

Zen is a spectacular crime drama. It is a bit confusing in the beginning because there are all these characters with British accents playing Italian detectives, crime bosses and government ministers. The director wisely decided to dispense with the typically forced and unconvincing accents. Unfortunately this is the only season which exists and to this date there is no second series planned for Zen. However, it is reported that the producers hope to make further adaptations via another broadcaster.

Jul 08, 2014

i have tried and tried again to get into this series, but to no avail. Reading the reviews before mine i'm wondering if i was just missing something. I will have to go back and review one final time to see if i can get into it. (I'll keep you posted)

Mar 19, 2013

Latin counterweight to Scandanavian police procedurals, ie Kurt Wallender, Martin Beck.

howardpoole Jan 03, 2013

Really good detective made-for-tv thriller. I really want to see more of this kind of production.

Nov 28, 2012

Fine cop thriller, in three longish episodes: well-written and, under all the gritty criminality, not devoid of subtle layers, understatement and nuance. There's even a nicely-flavoured romance that isn't all brazen hustle and bold approaches, Hollywood-style. I'm not sure from the first episode if the hero-detective's supposed to be shy or tongue-tied for having been burned by his failed marriage, or if it's clumsy acting; probably the former. Will see in what comes (had to return it). The accents don't bother me one bit. What might irk or puzzle is the tourist-board settings: despite the cell-phones and fast cars, there's not a high-rise in sight, his office and all buildings are antique, and most streets are of the cobblestoned sort. This cuts the realism a bit, although it may be an attempt to raise viewership by appealing to those who watched ‘Dynasty’ for the gowns, if you get my drift. Yet, for TV fare, it’s still BBC, so the standards are at least high. Let me underscore it: this one’s better than most cop series. (PS: All 3 episodes are very well worth watching)

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