Thursday, June 7, 2012

Zen encores!


Remember how much I loved the three-part Zen series on Masterpiece Mystery last year? No (WHERE WERE YOU)? Well, you're in luck because PBS will be encoring the all-too-short-lived show starting June 10th (check local listings, PBS will most likely stream the episodes online, and the DVDs are available -- LOTS OF OPTIONS!). :)
What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, Detective Aurelio Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not, on Zen, a trio of spellbinding cases based on the bestselling novels of by British crime writer Michael Dibdin, airing on Masterpiece July 17-31, 2011.

Rufus Sewell (Middlemarch) stars as Zen, a Roman police detective hailing from Venice, where "Zen" is a local shortening of the name Zeno. Separated from his wife and living with his mother, he is too frazzled by his job to think about romance. That is, until he meets Tania Moretti (Caterina Murino), his chief's new secretary.

Three encore episodes airing in 2012, Vendetta (June 10), Cabal (June 17) and Ratking (June 24), showcase an international cast including Ed Stoppard (Upstairs Downstairs), Ben Miles (The Forsyte Saga), Stanley Townsend (Sherlock) and Greg Wise (Return to Cranford).
I still find it incredibly depressing that the BBC canceled this series after only three episodes. But if you're in need of a Rufus Sewell fix this is about the best thing going. *wink* Here are the links to my episode reviews:
I also put together a massive series review for Femnista's Nov/Dec 2011 "Favorite Sleuths" issue -- you can read that issue here -- my article is on pages 18-19.

7 comments:

Miss Jack Lewis Baillot said...

I am going to watch this, if I have time! Sounds really good, and I like these kinds of shows.

Fanny/iz4blue said...

yes, once again! This time I'll look for the bits that were edited out before the show!

Fanny/iz4blue said...

oh hang on, even better I'll check if my library has the dvd's hopefully like Downton Abbey the complete episodes would be on there!

Ruth said...

@Miss Jack Lewis Baillot - Oh, I do hope you get the chance to check out this series, and that you enjoy it! Please let me know your thoughts if you do!

@Fanny/iz4blue - Definitely try for the DVD versions...but either way this series is worth a re-watch IMO. :)

Rissi said...

Ha! How ironic, I just saw the trailer for these, and my mom was saying we should watch these again. :-)

Tasha B. said...

My PBS doesn't have Zen on. It sucks. :(

Ruth said...

@Rissi - Brilliant idea if you have the time. :)

@Tasha - Mine didn't either...fundraiser month I guess! *sigh*