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Inspector Montalbano: Collection Four [DVD]
on 26 August 2013
I just love this series which I recorded during its most recent (2012/13) transmission on UK television. It is the Italian version of Inspector Morse in which the magnificent scenery plays a major part. I have never visited Sicily where the series is set but I have Googled (Street View) many of the locations visited in the series, including Montalbano's seaside retreat and the famous lighthouse, and I have come to know the area quite well. I am as much attracted to the film sets as I am the plot which transport my imagination to a different time and place.
I have now purchased all 20 episodes of the original series and would purchase others if they are ever filmed. There is a spinoff series concerning 'young' Inspector Montalbano which I have yet to see.
Luca Zingaretti (Inspector Montalbano) introduces humour into the plots which can be very dark and complex. Like Morse, Montalbano is a bit of a renegade cop' and he has little respect for his superiors and says so. But there are other well-crafted characters in the series, my favourite being Catarella, the police station's odd job man, whose eccentric behaviour has to be seen to be believed. This is one series you should not miss if only for the scenery which is a curious mix of both modern and ancient.