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Morse in the Med.
on 14 November 2012
One has only to hear the violins thrum into action and see the aerial shots of (a virtually deserted) Sicily come into view to lay odds of 6-4 on that Montalbano will be taking his early morning dip in the Med before an urgent phone call propels our engaging police chief into another dastardly crime scene.
If you haven't discovered Montalbano yet, do give this quirky cop show a go. Just listening to the Italian is a joy even if you don't understand a word of the language and the English sub-titles are very clear and easy to read. If you're already a fan, you don't need me to tell you just how much fun this show is. Plots may sometimes be utterly preposterous but the acting, scenery, charm and atmosphere more than compensate.
Here, the familiar team is gathered once again - reliable Fazio, naughty Mimi, irresistible Catarella and irrepressible Dr Pasquale, the forensic pathologist (whose scenes with Montalbano are to be relished). As for the women, the irritating Livia is now no more than a voice at the end of the phone, thank goodness, but that mischievous Ingrid remains good value. As ever, the little courtesies of everyday life in Sicily are fascinating to observe and Montalbano himself remains the most courteous cop you could ever imagine.
Luca Zingaretti is a wonderful, natural actor and you really do feel for him as he ladles his pasta into the bowl only to have the poor guy's passion for food thwarted - once again - by the inevitable interruption of work. Business as usual for Il Commissario. Pleasure as always for us, the audience.