Zen 1 Season 2011

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Detective Zen works against the clock to recover the kidnapped Ruggerio Miletti, a wealthy industrialist with political ties. The involvement of the manipulative family and a beautiful grieving widow complicate matters. Meanwhile, Tania's husband does everything he can to get rid of Zen.

Starring:
Rufus Sewell, Nathalie Rapti Gomez
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes
Original air date:
July 31, 2011

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Season 1
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    1. Vendetta Detective Zen is sent to a remote village to re-investigate a murder, which may spark a political scandal. Zen is under pressure from the politicians and the Chief of Police, but he would rather be spending time with Tania, the Chief's beautiful assistant. Meanwhile, a gangster is after Zen, seeking revenge.

    TV-14 1h 31min July 17, 2011
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    2. Cabal The death of a famous aristocrat, Umberto Ruspanti, leads Detective Zen into the shadowy world of The Cabal - an organization more powerful and secret than the Mafia. The Ministry want a quick verdict of suicide, but Zen's not so sure. Meanwhile, things are looking up with Tania

    TV-14 1h 31min July 24, 2011
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    3. Ratking Detective Zen works against the clock to recover the kidnapped Ruggerio Miletti, a wealthy industrialist with political ties. The involvement of the manipulative family and a beautiful grieving widow complicate matters. Meanwhile, Tania's husband does everything he can to get rid of Zen.

    TV-14 1h 30min July 31, 2011

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Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Jon Jones
Starring Rufus Sewell, Nathalie Rapti Gomez
Supporting actors Caterina Murino, Vincent Riotta, Sargon Yelda, Stanley Townsend, Ed Stoppard, Ben Miles, Anthony Higgins, Catherine Spaak, Katy Murphy, Francesco Quinn, Garry Cooper, Sebastian Armesto, Callum Blue, Susan Duerden, Rocky Marshall, Paolo Mazzarelli, Michael McElhatton, Katie Murphy
Season year 2011
Network BBC America
Executive Producer Raffaella Bonivento
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The latest detective featured in the BBC Masterpiece Mystery collection is Aurelio Zen as portrayed with laconic efficiency by underrated actor Rufus Sewell. Sewell has had a varied and interesting career, but oftentimes seems pigeonholed in films as the nefarious villain. It's nice to see Sewell take on television work (John Adams, Pillars of the Earth) that showcase a greater range and versatility--and "Zen" is perhaps his best role of recent years. Embodying a middle-aged, world weary sexiness--Detective Zen stands as a unique entity within the Italian police force. He is known for his integrity and incorruptibility, and in an interesting twist--this is both his greatest asset and his biggest liability. Getting assigned various high profile cases, Zen is also juggling departmental games, shady politics, and a new romantic entanglement. And it is this balance of elements, along with some larger governmental conspiracies and unnamed power players, that bring a refreshing depth to the more ordinary crime solving. The Season consists of only three episodes.

Vendetta: Things get rolling in perhaps the least solid episode (for me anyway). Character introductions vie for time with a plot line that has Zen investigating a case where an innocent man has been charged with multiple murders at a country estate. In addition, an assassin with a personal grudge is also on Zen's trail unbeknownst to the detective. Of course, these two elements will combine into one deadly showdown. It's fun enough, if a bit convenient. A large chunk of time is also spent developing Zen's romantic affair with a new office worker, and this detracted from the main action.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 25, 2011
ZEN is now available on Amazon Instant View and if the opening episodes are any indication of things to come, then we have a delightful summer delicacy on hand. The series takes place in Rome and features a detective known for his integrity, a Venetian by the name of Zen (Aurelio Zen) played with understated classy style by Rufus Sewell. Zen, who lives with his mother (Catherine Spaak) after his crumbled marriage is involved in defining the responsibility for some murders in the past which happen to mimic some recent murders - and in the complex process we discover that the Italian government wants to engage him on one side of the investigation while another somewhat shady source engages his for the opposite legal decision. There is plenty action and suspense and the uncovering of secrets about the house where the most recent murders took place - a mansion undermined with tunnels and caves and rapidly flowing rivers where a strange young girl Silvia (Cariddi Nardulli) hides from a society that has abused her. Zen perseveres in his intelligent search for facts, a search that happens to include some beautiful photography of the Italian countryside, a romantic interest in the form of the beautiful Tania (Caterina Morino) who is being pursued by the entire office of Zen's workplace, especially by one Vincenzo Fabri (Ed Stoppard), a team of bad buys out for vengeance against the police, and a host of other characters who suggest avenues this series may take.

The cast is sterling though for the most part unexplainably British in this Italian set drama (Stanley Townsend, Ben Miles, Francesco Quinn, Anthony Higgins, Garry Cooper, Adrian Schiller and Cosima Shaw) but the key to the success of this series is the solid work by Rufus Sewell. While the winter and spring shows rest, this series deserves summer attention. Grady Harp, July 11
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Matt on August 2, 2011
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The best detective series since Colombo! I read that the BBC has shelved it. I hope someone picks it up soon! Mr. Sewell is a masterful actor and nailed the Zen character. I can't get enough of the program!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan on October 8, 2012
Well Drawn and fascinating Characters. Fun and interesting excellent production. A new classic.
Few words can describe. Just watch it. Goes well with coffee.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn R on July 18, 2011
With a nod to the high style of sixties Italian (and French) cinema, Zen:Vendetta introduces Michael Dibdin's bewildered,dogged detective to the small screen. Set in an Italian and, particularly, Roman landscape of Anglo/American dreams/nightmares,this first entry in the series is a delight for Mystery fans. Pacing, writing, cinematography and acting are top-notch. Watch it, own it, watch it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan A. Craigue on February 12, 2012
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not sure what the other reviewer was watching, this is a great series...
very entertaining, give it a shot.
just wish there were more episodes :)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Forchione on October 17, 2011
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..oh and lovely stories as well. Grown up, great fun, complex mysteries. Rent and enjoy the great acting, wonderful scenery, and superb use of music
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Boucher on August 17, 2011
Great series. Zen is known for his honesty - yet Rome political figures are always asking him to do something he shouldn't. How does he maintain his honesty and keep his position as detective in corrupt Rome?!? You will love finding out! There is also a little grownup romance for good measure.
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