Rufus Sewell

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

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There’s something rather refreshing about Danny Cohen, the BBC’s Director of Television. Going ‘back to the floor’ to reconnect with rank and file staff by working as a ‘runner’ on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ – a frantic Saturday night live show at the best of times – is indicative of a man with a desire to keep in touch with all aspects of the corporation\‘s ‘hierarchical structure.’ Announcing in the fall of 2013 that he would send his fellow senior managers to take up in junior roles on other shows in order to gain direct experience of the production process, received a mixed response from the public. Another example of a top director hanging onto a fat cat salary perhaps, but criticism of his designer stubble as indicative of a man averse to the daily drudgery of shaving, is a step too far.

I’m prepared to ‘cut some slack’ for any senior director with an illustrious career to date, seemingly prepared to undertake the unglamourous role of ‘runner’, which in many cases amounts to that of a ‘general dogsbody.’ What I cannot forgive him for is the decision he took to cancel ‘Zen’, the British television series produced by Left Bank Pictures starring Rufus Sewell and Caterina Murino, and based on the Aurelio Zen detective novels by Michael Dibdin. Filmed on location in Italy, the series, which comprised three 90-minute films, was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sunday evenings from 2 January 2011 and for me personally, was compulsive viewing. By compulsive, I define as any programme that holds my total concentration whereas by nature, television merely serves as a backdrop to my many other interests.

Justifying the decision he took, Cohen was right when he referred to an overabundance of male crime-fighters on TV, but omitted to state that ‘Zen’ ranked amongst the very best of the genre. For that reason alone, he should be docked two points.

Recommended viewing

Zen Tv Series (2011)

Pity poor Zen. There he is in modern-day Italy, outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, whilst his conniving superiors impede his every effort. When he’s away from the office, his mother, with whom he shares an apartment, wants him re-married and domestically settled.

Left to his own devices, Aurelio brings justice to his native city, whether the authorities want it or not, in a trio of spellbinding cases based on the bestselling novels by British crime writer Michael Dibdin,

Redolent with images of the Eternal City – the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps, the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, St. Peter’s, and more importantly, those narrow cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes, grand villas, and elegant apartments, Zen struts his stuff in Armani suits, shooting his cuffs with a nonchalance guaranteed to upset his superiors and attract the women.