Zen Alert! The BBC Detective Series starts Sunday, July 17 on PBS
The excellent three-part BBC series staring British actor Rufus Sewell begins on Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS with the Vendetta episode on Sunday, July 17. Cabal airs on July 24, and the last episode, RatKing on July 31. I reviewed the series in depth earlier this year.
Rufus sums up the professional side of Detective Aurelio Zen this way: “He has a slightly lackadaisical moral code, a sense of wanting to do something good. But he’s not above kicking someone when they’re down. He’s a gray area, and that’s what makes it incredibly fun.” This clip about a suicide note portrays that sentiment perfectly:
And the romantic side of Zen is just as intriguing:
Check out a PBS behind-the-scenes compilation (excerpts from the Extras on the DVD) here and the Vendetta episode trailer from PBS on YouTube. For more than a dozen Zen clips, go to my YouTube channel.
The series is smart, sytlish, sophisticated, and unfortunately, too short. No further episodes are planned… yet. Catch all three for a surprisingly unique, refreshing take on the TV mystery/crime genre. Enjoy the mini Roman holiday… Addio!
Thoughts about the Zen series? Let us know. Grazie!