It’s Il Dottore’s birthday, but no day off for Montalbano. After a quick chat with his missus and the offer of a live octopus from a fisherman, he gets into a beef with an irate driver.
This turns into something rather bigger when said motorist – the son of the province’s president – has his girlfriend bumped off. Then a supermarket is robbed and an apparent suicide follows – could there be a link? With Catarella and Galluzzo in monumentally imbecilic form (how are they still in jobs?), Montalbano has to do the intellectual heavy-lifting himself, scrabbling around two cases with deep roots.
The plotting is so mechanical that you can hear the gears squeal and the treatment quaintly old-fashioned. But no one watches ‘Inspector Montalbano’ in the hope of a transcendental viewing experience. It’s another lavishly appointed time-passer which – with the final series of ‘Borgen’ now tantalisingly close – we’re prepared to indulge for a little longer.
The London Loom
This weaving school in Haggerston comes from Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis, a duo who fell in love with freestyle weaving and decided to showcase why. Classes (Japanese and tapestry) last from between one and half hours to five hours, with materials included.
Venue says: “Tapestry workshop, Thursday May 4! £55 - and you keep the loom!”