Zen Tv Crime Drama

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ZEN - TV Crime drama

Date: 25th February 2021

In The Times TV guide for 14th February there was an article promoting ZEN on the DRAMA Channel starring Rufus Sewell. I admire him as an actor and liked what I read in the article. Thoroughly enjoyed the programme and again this last Sunday. Was curious as to when it was made and how many in the series and was surprised to see that it came out 10 years ago and dismayed to read the series was cancelled after 3 programmes.

This was the reason, copied from Wikipedia

The series was cancelled by BBC One in February 2011; BBC One controller Danny Cohen later said there were already enough male crime-fighters on TV. Left Bank, the show's producer, tried to find other broadcasters to fund another series but were unsuccessful.

Although I enjoy Vera and other ‘Female-led’ Crime dramas, I find this PC reasoning absolutely MAD. In my humble opinion Zen is one of the best Crime Dramas I’ve watched in an age.

Perhaps the series was expensive to make as it was shot in Italy but it was a wonderful alternative to the drab home grown Detective and Crime Dramas. There are intriguing twists in the two stories I’ve seen so far - you are never quite sure who’s side Zen is working for. And his love interest is gorgeous - Caterina Murino.

I’m looking forward to the third and sadly last episode this coming Sunday.

Never used to watch Crime on TV but there’s so much dross I’ve found myself watching more and more Detective series. At least it gives some exercise to the little grey cells!

If you are interested in good Crime and Detective TV, then turn to 5USA - a channel dedicated to the medium. I’ve watched NCIS for a very long time but now have seen virtually all of them. Even the old ones like Columbo are enjoyable.

Happy viewing



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