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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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.

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  • Executive producer Andy Harries on the long journey to adapt the novels for the screen:

    Executive producer Andy Harries on the long journey to adapt the novels for the screen:

    "I do think that Michael Dibdin would have been very pleased with the choice of Rufus Sewell as the detective."

    Read Andy's post at the BBC TV blog
  • Italian Noir

    Italian Noir

    Time Shift profiles a new wave of Italian crime fiction that has emerged to challenge the conventions of the detective novel. There are no happy endings in these noir tales only revelations about Italy’s dark heart – a world of corruption, unsolved murders and the mafia.

    BBC Four documentary on Italian Crime Fiction


Amedeo Colonna
Ben Miles
John Alexander


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