The Young Montalbano

Sat Sep 28, 9-10.50pm, BBC4

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<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5


Series one, episode four
The opening few episodes of this series have presented an object lesson in the risks of not equipping a TV cop with a turbulent private life and an unorthodox approach to crime-fighting. Look out though, because ‘The Young Montalbano’ does perk up a touch this week.

Firstly, thanks to Montalbano’s case, a mildly diverting one involving a village idiot, a loan shark and some local politics. But mainly because we are given some big clues to our man’s past tonight, via a visit from his dad and a heart-to-heart with his new girlfriend Livia. Maybe, just maybe, it’ll start giving us a reason to care about a character who had previously been a closed book.

Elsewhere, significant flaws still remain: the glacial pace and odd tone – for example, Cantarella is so obviously used as a mere prop to provide comic relief that it’s hard to imagine anyone actually finding him funny. But we’re learning to live with these downsides.


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