DVD - 2011
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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 ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, 2011
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780780671348
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (265 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Vendetta


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Jan 25, 2018

Yawning here. Episode 3 was not bad but unfortunately, one needs to watch 1 and 2 to understand 3. And British actors playing cops in Rome? Don't get that. But yes, the scenery is nice. Generally does not come close to those series set in the UK or Scandinavia.

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)

May 28, 2013

Really good Detective Episodes! Very interesting landscape and Italian flavour throughout. Italy seems to have overwhelming corruption in the gov't and all the way to the police. Zen has high integrity that is at odds with the politics and the pressure that is put on him to steer his cases to certain conclusions no matter what. It takes all his ingenuity to come out on top in these seemingly impossible situations. It is a matter of his survival on every level!
I hope there is a sequal coming!

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.

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