Masterpiece Mystery! Zen on WXXI-TV

Masterpiece Mystery! Zen on WXXI-TV

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 9:00pm

Pictured: Rufus Sewell stars as Detective Aurelio Zen

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Holmes and Poirot, look out - Masterpiece Mystery's newest detective is clever, brave... and next on a homicidal psychopath's hit list.

There's a new detective on Masterpiece Mystery!, and his name is Aurelio Zen. Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters, kidnappers and killers, Zen brings justice to modern-day Italy. Rufus Sewell stars as the Italian detective in three episodes of Masterpiece Mystery! Zen, based on the popular mysteries by Michael Dibden. Part two of the three-part series, Cabal, premieres Sunday, July 24 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

In Cabal a disgraced aristocrat jumps off a bridge. Or was he pushed? As usual, Zen gets mixed signals from his scheming bosses: the Ministry of Justice wants a ruling of suicide, while a powerful and beautiful female prosecutor hints that Zen had better start looking for the murderer. The plot thickens when it appears that the victim was trying to inform on a previously unknown group called the Cabal, with conspirators at the highest levels of Italian society. Meanwhile, Zen and Tania are having trouble closing the book on their failed marriages, plus Zen is being pressured into an affair by the prosecutor.

The series concludes on Sunday, July 31 at 9 p.m. with Ratking. When a wealthy industrialist and political party funder is kidnapped, the Ministry of Justice wants Zen to get the hostage back alive at any cost. But these kidnappers don’t seem to be playing by the rules, since they kill the lawyer who shows up with a ransom payment from the family. In kidnapping-plagued Italy, it’s illegal to pay a ransom, and Zen must skirt this issue while dealing with the bickering relatives, who seem ready to forget about their captive kinsman. Even worse, Zen has a tyrannical new boss who is a stickler for regulations, including the one against workplace romances, jeopardizing the detective’s burgeoning affair with Tania.



Will ZEN be shown

Will ZEN be shown again?
Thank you.


We do not currently have Zen in the schedule. It will most likely come back around again at some point, but it will not be until late-Spring at the earliest. We hope that you are enjoying Masterpiece Classic - Downton Abbey Series II in the meantime!


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