Murder, Venice, relationships...it's a delicious concoction in the hands of crime novelist Donna Leon. Venice provides the backdrop for the lush film versions of the bestselling novels, which feature the singular Commissario Guido Brunetti, canal boat rides instead of car chases, fine cuisine and crime investigations in one of Europe’s most beautiful locations. Joachim Król stars as Brunetti, a police inspector with a keen mind, razor-sharp wit, and a touch of melancholy. He strives to bring criminals to justice, but experience has taught him that countless things work against that human frailty, corruption, and police incompetence being chief among them. He takes refuge from the job in the company of his loving wife Paola, a university literature professor, and two teenage children, Raffi and Chiara. Episode 1: Vendetta - First it's a high society attorney, then a distinguished tax adviser both murdered within a few days of each other. The attorney's wife refuses to help Brunetti’s investigation, but information comes from a source close to her. The trail leads to Signora Ceroni, who knew both men and apparently a great deal more. Inspector Brunetti must crack a murderous human-trafficking ring run by the cream of Venetian society. Episode 2: Anonymous Venetian - When a corpse in lingerie and red high heels turns out to be a respected and influential bank director, Brunetti suspects blackmail. As he searches for clues in the subcultures of transvestites and male prostitutes, he discovers just how many respectable citizens lead double lives.
Poor Peter Pascoe (played with glum determination by Colin Buchanan). Not only is his dogged, slow-but-steady police work consistently outshined by the piercing insights of his partner, Andy Dalziel (the eternally surly Warren Clarke), but his personal life keeps getting caught up in woeful crimes: When he attends a wedding as best man in "The Unwanted" or plays squash with an old friend in "Dialogues of the Dead," murder crops up posthaste. And when he tries to date… well, it doesn't work out well in "Mens Sana." Not that Dalziel is much luckier; his only sister turns out to have a surprising connection with an investigation in "Sins of the Fathers." "For Love Nor Money" doesn't involve their personal lives, but it does implicate almost their entire police department in illicit activity. It's suspicious, really, just how often Dalziel and Pascoe are intimately connected to the crimes they investigate...
Award-winning actor Martin Shaw (Death in Holy Orders) returns as Inspector George Gently, a former Scotland Yard detective from London now tackling crime in the north of England. With the air of a man who has seen it all but still hopes for the best, Gently confronts the motives—racism, family conflict, greed, revenge—that can lead to murder. As ever, he receives assistance from his abrasive, politically incorrect sergeant, John Bacchus (Lee Ingleby, Place of Execution), who has his own take on the societal changes unfolding in 1960s Britain.
The Ice House
Daniel Craig (Quantum of Solace; Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) stars in one of his earliest roles in this adaptation of award-winning crime novelist Minette Walters' literary debut. Ten years ago Phoebe Maybury's hateful husband David disappeared from Streech Grange. Now a naked unidentifiable corpse has been discovered in the icehouse on the Grange and Inspectors Walsh (Corin Redgrave Foyle's War The Forsyte Saga) and McLoughlin (Craig) have to decide whose it is whether he was murdered and who killed him.
Left to fend for themselves after their SS officer father and mother are interred by the victorious Allies at the end of World War II, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Led by the eldest sibling, 14-year-old Lore, they set out across a devastated country to reach their grandmother in the north. After meeting the charismatic Thomas, a mysterious young refugee, Lore soon finds her world shattered by feelings of both hatred and desire as she must learn to trust the one person she has always been taught to hate. Lush cinematography and an evocative, haunting mood infuse this unconventional take on the Holocaust legacy with unforgettable impact.
After his latest mission goes disastrously wrong, veteran CIA black ops agent Emerson Kent (John Cusack) is given one last chance to prove he still has what it takes to do his job. His new assignment: guarding Katherine (Malin Akerman), a code operator at a top-secret remote CIA “Numbers Station” where encrypted messages are sent and received. When an elite team of heavily armed assailants lays siege to the station, Emerson and Katherine suddenly find themselves in a life-or-death struggle against an unknown enemy. With the station compromised and innocent lives at stake, they must stop the deadly plot before it’s too late.
Before Detective Salvo Montalbano became the seasoned and mature chief detective we already know, he was just Salvo, new to Vigata and new to being a police chief. He didn't always live in that glorious house by the sea, or have Deputy Chief Mimi Augello as a best friend, or Fazio as a loyal assistant. He didn't always go out with the beautiful Genoese architect, Livia Burlando. Perhaps the only constants have been his unbridled quest for good food and the inability of his overly enthusiastic deputy, Catarella, to pronounce anyone’s name correctly. In this prequel series to Detective Montalbano, watch the genesis of the friendships, the rivalries and the romance as the players arrive to take their places in the beautiful Sicilian town of Vigata. In the crucible of solving crimes together among the unforgettable people of Vigata, they become a team. Savor these stories that set the stage for the group’s transformation from rookie cops to the experienced crime-solving ensemble we have come to know and love. From the novels of Andrea Camilleri.