Has anyone been watching Zen on BBC One? It’s a three-parter, based on some crime novels (the TV tie-in editions by Faber look very cheap, which is a shame) by someone I’ve never heard of (not a bad thing, it just means I’m coming to it cold, as it were).
Neil has found some affection for it. The oddness and ill fit of mainly British accents with a few Italian ones (plus some background Italian language) jars with me a little too much. It’s like watching a series from the 80s when no one knew enough about the Chinese language and those who ‘spoke’ it on-screen were basically talking complete gibberish.
But it stars Rufus Sewell, who I’ve had a healthy respect for since the breakthrough science fiction film Dark City. So I put myself in the mindset of watching some slightly tacky pulp noir and turn my brain off — the leaps and bounds Zen makes in solving mysteries is like Sherlock Holmes, i.e. there’s no way anyone could have known certain things since they were never mentioned. Nice suits, though.
Update: where are all these commenters coming from? Oh, right, the BBC has a Buzz section. My issue with the accents is they are quite incongruous with that seedy, corrupt, promiscuous Italy portrayed. It’s only a small issue. We did watch all three episodes in the end. I think one-offs every few months would be more entertaining. And I don’t care if the cast is beautiful — that to me says you care more about the way they look than how they performed.