Sunday 13 Jul 2014
The body of Umberto Ruspanti, a member of one of Rome's most prominent aristocratic families, is found underneath a bridge in the early hours of the morning, in the second film about fictional Italian detective Aurelio Zen – played by Rufus Sewell – based on the best-selling novels by the late Michael Dibdin.
Zen is assigned the case by the Ministry to ensure a swift conclusion of suicide but he quickly suspects murder. As things become more suspicious, Zen is alerted to the existence of the Cabal, a powerful, secret organisation which has members deep within various Italian institutes. It seems Ruspanti's attempts to sell information on the Cabal may have led to his demise.
While attempting to develop his relationship with beautiful colleague Tania, Zen is courted by powerful prosecutor Nadia Pirlo, whose advances mask her own desire to expose the Cabal – if it really exists. As Zen and Tania's romance is tested by her imminent divorce, their boss, the over-stressed Chief of Police Leo Moscati, is pushed to his limit and suffers a heart attack.
Several members of the department have their eyes on this coveted position, but Zen finds his prospects of advancement caught up in the conflicting interests of the police, the Ministry and his own conscience. It is up to Zen to break the Cabal and discover what really happened to Ruspanti. But, in doing so, he puts his own life, and those around him, in danger.
Zen is played by Rufus Sewell, Tania by Caterina Murino, Nadia Pirlo by Cosima Shaw and Leo Moscati by Stanley Townsend.
The 37th Masters snooker tournament starts today at Wembley Arena with the top 16 players in the world battling it out for the prestigious trophy.
Reigning champion Mark Selby begins his defence of the title against Romford's Mark King.
Hazel Irvine, Steve Davis and John Parrott introduce the action with commentary from Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne, John Virgo and Ken Doherty.
Masters coverage continues on BBC Two throughout the week.
Last year, Martin Adams won his second World Championship with a thrilling 7-5 victory over Dave Chisnall. This evening, darts lovers will discover if there is to be a new name added to the roll of honour at Lakeside.
Colin Murray and Bobby George guide viewers through the action, with the winner picking up the prestigious trophy, a cheque for £100,000 and the title of World Professional Darts Champion 2011.
David Croft and Vassos Alexander provide the commentary.
On the second leg of his Arctic expedition, Bruce Parry travels to Greenland. Immersing himself in the remote communities of this freezing world, he experiences at first-hand how the people of the Arctic live now and how their ancient ways of life may be about to change for ever.
Continuing his epic Arctic journey with hunters in the tiny town of Qaanaaq, in the far North of Greenland, Bruce visits one of the last surviving outposts of traditional Inuit culture where hunting is the main occupation.
In this breathtakingly beautiful and fragile wilderness, he learns some of the skills needed to survive – driving dog teams across the ice, fishing, melting sea ice for water and wearing clothing made from polar bear hide. The hunters also take Bruce into the wilderness on a seal hunt where he spends more than a week out on the sea ice.
In this remote part of Greenland, people pay more for staple food than anywhere else in the country – as much as 50 per cent more than European prices. A visit to the local supermarket shows Bruce how expensive food is in the high Arctic. For all Greenlanders, hunting is an important source of food and an integral part of life, but it is increasingly threatened by the spectre of global warming.
The people of Qaanaaq are worried about their long-term future and Bruce realises that he could be seeing some of the last traditional hunters in action and witnessing the last breath of a 3,000-year-old way of life.
To get a sense of just how the modern world has started to encroach on Arctic communities, Bruce heads south to Disko Bay, where he spends a day working on a new mine to get a sense of the challenges facing miners in Greenland. While global warming is causing problems for hunters, it is providing miners with new opportunities. As the ice melts, billions of dollars' worth of mineral wealth is being revealed. Greenland is about to strike it big, but will there still be a place for the ancient traditions of the Arctic in the 21st century?