Inspector Montalbano (TV series)

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Inspector Montalbano (Italian: Il commissario Montalbano) is an Italian television series produced and broadcast by RAI since 1999, based on the detective novels of Andrea Camilleri. The protagonist is Commissario Salvo Montalbano, and the stories are set in the imaginary town of VigataSicily. In 2012 the series generated a prequelIl giovane Montalbano (English: Young Montalbano).

 

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Agent Giuseppe Catarella (Angelo Russo), Inspector Salvo Montalbano (Luca Zingaretti), Inspector Giuseppe Fazio (Peppino Mazzotta), Inspector Domenico “Mimì” Augello (Cesare Bocci)

 

Characters

  • Commissario Salvo Montalbano – Luca Zingaretti. The police commissioner of Vigàta.
  • Livia Burlando – Katharina Böhm, voiced by Claudia Catani. Montalbano’s girlfriend.
  • Vice–Commissario Domenico “Mimì” Augello – Cesare Bocci. Montalbano’s deputy.
  • Beatrice “Beba” di Leo (from Season 3) – Carmelinda Gentile. Girlfriend, and later wife, of Mimi Augello.
  • Ispettore Giuseppe Fazio – Peppino Mazzotta. Detective of Vigàta.
  • Sovrintendente Agatino Catarella – Angelo Russo. Police officer of Vigàta.
  • Sovrintendente Galluzzo – Davide Lo Verde. Police officer of Vigàta.
  • Agente Gallo – Francesco Stella. Police officer of Vigàta.
  • Agente Tortorella – Marco Cavallaro. Police officer of Vigàta (replaces Gallo in later episodes).
  • Ispettore Barbara Bellini - Maria Cristina Marocco. Temporary Police officer of Vigàta, daughter of a friend of Montalbano.
  • Jacomuzzi – Giovanni Guardiano. Police forensics specialist.
  • Pasquano – Marcello Perracchio. The local Coroner.
  • Bonetti-Alderighi – Giacinto Ferro. The Questore of Montelusa, the provincial capital and Montalbano’s superior.
  • Lattes – Corrado Invernizzi. Bonetti’s secretary.
  • Nicolò Zito – Roberto Nobile. Journalist of TV station Rete Libera, and trusted friend of Montalbano.
  • Anna Tropeano – Biancamaria D’Amato. Friend of Montalbano.
  • Ingrid Sjostrom (from Season 2) – Isabell Sollman. Friend of Montalbano.
  • Burgio – Pippo Pattavina. Former school principal, a longtime friend of Montalbano.
  • Don Balduccio Sinagra – Francesco Sineri. A former Mafia boss, now retired to private life.
  • L’ex questore di Montelusa – Pietro Biondi. The former Questore of Montelusa.

 

Series and episodes

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The Snack Thief

  • Italian TV Title: Il Ladro di Merendine (6 May 1999)
  • English Novel title: The Snack Thief 
  • English TV title: The Snack Thief (11 February 2012)

The Voice of the Violin

  • Italian TV Title: La Voce del Violino (13 May 1999)
  • English Novel title: The Voice of the Violin
  • English TV title: The Voice of the Violin (18 February 2012)

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The Shape of the Water

  • Italian TV Title: La Forma dell’Acqua (2 May 2000)
  • English Novel title: The Shape of the Water 
  • English TV title: The Shape of the Water (25 February 2012)

The Terracotta Dog

  • Italian TV Title: Il Cane di Terracotta (9 May 2000)
  • English Novel title: The Terracotta Dog 
  • English TV title: The Terracotta Dog (3 March 2012)

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Excursion to Tindari

  • Italian TV Title: La Gita a Tindari (9 May 2001)
  • English Novel title: Excursion to Tindari 
  • English TV title: Excursion to Tindari (13 December 2008)

The Artist’s Touch*

  • Italian TV Title: Il Tocco dell’Artista (16 May 2001)
  • English TV title: The Terracotta Dog (17 March 2012)

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The Sense of Touch*

  • Italian TV Title: Il Senso del Tatto (28 October 2002)
  • English TV title: The Sense of Touch (24 March 2012)

Montalbano’s Croquettes*

  • Italian TV Title: Gli Arancini di Montalbano (4 November 2002)
  • English TV title: The Terracotta Dog (17 March 2012)

The Scent of the Night

  • Italian TV Title: L’Odore della Notte (11 November 2002)
  • English Novel title: The Scent of the Night
  • English TV title: The Scent of the Night (7 April 2012)

The Goldfinch and the Cat*

  • Italian TV Title: Il Gatto e il Cardellino (16 May 2001)
  • English TV title: The Goldfinch and the Cat (17 March 2012)

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Rounding the Mark

  • Italian TV Title: Il Giro di Boa (22 September 2005)
  • English Novel title: Rounding the Mark 
  • English TV title: Turning Point (25 August 2012)

Equal Time*

  • Italian TV Title: Par Condicio (29 September 2005)
  • English TV title: Equal Time (1 September 2012)

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The Patience of the Spider

  • Italian TV Title: La pazienza del Ragno (7 March 2006)
  • English Novel title: The Patience of the Spider
  • English TV title: Turning Point (8 September 2012)

The Game of the Three Cards*

  • Italian TV Title: Il Gioco delle Tre Carte (13 March 2006)
  • English TV title: Turning Point (15 September 2012)

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August Heat

  • Italian TV Title: La Vampa d’Agosto (2 November 2008)
  • English Novel title: August Heat
  • English TV title: August Flame (22 September 2012)

The Wings of the Sphynx

  • Italian TV Title: Le Ali della Sfinge (3 November 2008)
  • English Novel Title: The Wings of the Sphynx
  • English TV title: The Wings of the Sphynx (29 September 2012)

The Track of Sand

  • Italian TV Title: La Pista di Sabbia (10 Novembre 2008)
  • English Novel title: The Track of Sand
  • English TV title: The Track of Sand (6 October 2012)

The Paper Moon

  • Italian TV Title: La Luna di Sabbia (17 Novembre 2008)
  • English Novel title: The Paper Moon
  • English TV title: The Paper Moon (13 October 2012)

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The Potter’s Field 

  • Italian TV Title: Il Campo del Vasaio (14 March 2011)
  • English Novel title: The Potter’s Field
  • English TV title: The Potter’s Field (3 November 2012)

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The Gull’s Dance*

  • Italian TV Title: La Danza del Gabbiano (21 March 2011)
  • English Novel title: not translated
  • English TV title: The Gull’s Dance (27 October 2012)

Treasure Hunt*

  • Italian TV Title: La Caccia al Tesoro (28 March 2011)
  • English Novel title: not translated
  • English TV title: Treasure Hunt (10 November 2012)

The Age of Doubt

  • Italian TV Title: L’Età del Dubbio (4 April 2011)
  • English Novel title: The Age of Doubt
  • English TV title: The Age of Doubt (20 October 2012)

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Il Sorriso di Angelica

  • Italian TV Title: Il Sorriso di Angelica (15 April 2013)
  • English Novel title: n/a
  • English TV title: n/a

Il Gioco degli Specchi

  • Italian TV Title: Il Gioco degli Specchi (22 April 2013)
  • English Novel title: n/a
  • English TV title: n/a

Una Voce di Notte

  • Italian TV Title: Una Voce di Notte (29 April 2013)
  • English Novel title: n/a
  • English TV title: n/a

Una Lama di Luce

  • Italian TV Title: Una Lama di Luce (22 April 2013)
  • English Novel title: n/a
  • English TV title: n/a

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Production

Given the success of the novels Rai commissioned a television series, in co-operation with Sweden’s Sveriges Television, of most of the novels and short stories. Each closely follows the plot of the novels, in some cases joining several short stories. Alberto Sironi has directed the entire series. Luca Zingaretti had to adjust his accent to Sicilian having been born in Rome. Camilleri was teaching at the time when Zingaretti was studying at the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D’AmicoAustrian actress Katharina Böhm plays his girlfriend Livia, dubbed by Claudia Catani, while Cesare Bocci plays his deputy, and Peppino Mazzotta his hyperactive offsider Fazio.

Although Camilleri set his books in a fictionalized version of the province of Agrigento, much of the show is filmed in the province of Ragusa. The exteriors in some episodes, such as de la Mànnara (Fornace Penna) were actually filmed in Sampieri, while Montalbano’s headquarters are in Scicli, as are the offices of the Quaestor Bonetti-Alderighi (actually that of the mayor of Scicli). Other scenes were filmed inRagusa IblaModicaDonnafugata castle, the port of DonnalucataMarina di RagusaComisoSanta Croce Camerina, and other sites in south-eastern Sicily. The opening shots of the program also show the Irminio bridge, which links the towns of Modica and Ragusa. It is one of the highest bridges in Europe.

The show was initially launched on Rai 2, but moved to Rai 1 from the third series onwards based on viewing figures.

Music for the soundtrack was composed by Franco Piersanti.

International Transmission

The BBC holds the United Kingdom transmission rights. “Excursion to Tindari” and “Montalbano’s Croquettes” (“Gli Arancini di Montalbano”) were first shown in the UK on BBC Four in December 2008[1]and[2]“Montalbano’s Croquettes”, episode 8, was repeated in December 2010 and “Excursion to Tindari”, episode 5, in August 2011. On 11 February 2012, it broadcast “The Snack Thief”, the first of the existing 10 episodes, in its 9 p.m. Saturday evening slot, previously occupied by both series of The Killing and, more recently, Borgen. The first ten episodes were shown in order.[3] BBC Four on 25 August, 2012, started showing a second series of 12 Inspector Montalbano episodes – subtitled in English – in its Saturday evening imported drama slot.[4] Both series were available on the BBC‘s iPlayer.

In Australia the series was shown on Special Broadcasting Service in Italian, subtitled in English by SBS staff. The DVD region code Region 4 DVDs available were produced and subtitled by RAI Trade. ADVD region code Region 2 DVD of “Inspector Montalbano: Collection One” was due for release on 5 March 12, 2012. Episodes featured would be “The Snack Thief”, “The Voice of The Violin”, “The Shape of Water” and “The Terracotta Dog”

In the U.S., Montalbano it is part of the International Mysteries series broadcast/cablecast by MHzNetworks.[5]

In France, it was shown on France 3 on Sundays as Commissaire Montalbano in winter 2013, whereas in Spain, on La 2 on Saturdays (Spring 2013).