Montalbano

(75 Posts)
MrsGuyOfGisbourne Sat 25-Aug-12 15:52:48

Just seen the series is being repeated starting tonight on BBC4

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 26-Aug-12 11:58:14

Don't think it was a repeat MrsGuy, they've had trailers for 2 weeks saying it's a new series.

Was very good, did you watch it?

fussychica Sun 26-Aug-12 12:10:51

Not a repeat, whole new series which takes us through to 2011 12 Episodes in all -yippee (see below). Up to it's usual high standard. Really enjoyed it -just love the characters and he is yummy despite him being as far away from my usual type as possible!
2005

Il Giro di Boa

Rounding the Mark

Turning Point

Broadcast 25 August 2012

2005

Par Condicio

Telescript only

Equal Time

broadcast 1 September 2012

Series 6

2006

La Pazienza del Ragno

The Patience of the Spider

The Spider's Patience

2006

Il Gioco delle Tre Carte

Telescript only

Find the Lady

Series 7

2008

La Vampa d'Agosto

August Heat

August Flame

2008

Le Ali della Sfinge

The Wings of the Sphinx

The Wings of the Sphinx

2008

La Pista di Sabbia

The Track of Sand

The Track of Sand

2008

La Luna di Carta

The Paper Moon

The Paper Moon

Series 8

2011

Il Campo del Vasaio

The Potters Field

The Potters Field

2011

La Danza del Gabbiano

Not yet translated

The Gull's Dance

2011

La Caccia al Tesoro

Not yet translated

Treasure Hunt

2011

L'età del Dubbio

The Age of Doubt

The Age of Doubt

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Sun 26-Aug-12 12:26:24

ooooh, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm not the only person watching this then! DH and I love it. How fab is his balcony, overlooking the sea.

aloiseb Sun 26-Aug-12 22:46:23

Indeed you are not, Capuccino! I also loved that balcony in the last series where he took Livia to a hotel for a weekend (and ended up investigating a murder while she alternately sunbathed and pouted)

Now for some searching questions......

1. What has happened to Livia - her photo on his desk has been replaced by a calendar?

2. Didn't Ciccio (the boat guy) get killed off in a previous episode? Maybe they're dramatising an earlier book when he was still alive?

Must try to get one of the books - I still haven't read any, which is shocking.

That's what I was thinking, I need to read the books, that is!

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 27-Aug-12 08:27:59

I thought he spoke to Livia on the phone in Saturday's episode, or am I mixed up?

The balcony is fabulous and he is lovely, and he is far from my usual type too smile.

Have only read one book, August Heat when it was 99p on Amazon's Kindle. Twas very good.

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Mon 27-Aug-12 10:08:39

I want his life!

Gigondas Mon 27-Aug-12 10:11:12

I just came across it and loved it. Who is ingrid (I know she is just a friend but didn't know if she was a constant character or one off)

Gracelo Mon 27-Aug-12 10:34:56

Ingrid is a Swedish (or Danish?) ex-rally driver with a rich husband. She is not in all episodes. He usually calls her when he needs a fast driver.
My German friend who is married to an Italian has been raving about Montalbano for years. I can see why smile

fussychica Mon 27-Aug-12 11:59:54

There's a couple of websites which are devoted to finding all the places used in the series so there are some real buffs out there. Haven't read any of the books either but i love the series so much I don't know if it would spoil it.

Gigondas Mon 27-Aug-12 13:02:45

Oh no fussychica ... I know I won't be able to resist now grin

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Mon 27-Aug-12 15:28:45

me neither - I want to visit that harbour - will probably discover it si in Croatia..

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Mon 27-Aug-12 15:52:32

lol, I thought I was obsessed! Montalbano tours... However l also came across the RAi channel website where can view numerous episodes I have missed, tho' no subtitles seem to be available.
Also, have discovered by downloading an italian dictioanry as the default on my kindle, I can read reasonably fluently untranslated ones. This winter ain't gonna be so bad after all....

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Mon 27-Aug-12 15:53:57

also interensted to see there are comments about teh casting of Zingarettli as a younger man than the books - at first I also thought this, but he has grown on me... Also in the latest series he is looking more portly...

It is filmed in Sicily - almost shot entirely in Ragusa and surrounding area and seaside locations shot at Punta Secca and Licata. I have only been to mainland Italy, would love to visit Sicily.

out2lunch Tue 28-Aug-12 16:27:07

smile glad he has a fanbase on here - i started a thread about this series and no one commented

i too would love to live in his apartmento

ImpatientOne Tue 28-Aug-12 16:32:59

So glad you posted this, I've now set the series record!

My DH loves it as it's the only chance he gets to watch something that he understands better than me!

Frontpaw Tue 28-Aug-12 16:37:49

Don't read the books! He is grumpy, chain smoking, older, very foul mouthed, not as funnt... and has hair!

On the upside... I found that I learned loads of nice Italian curses when I started my classes (not sure if the teacher was all that amused).

I have read the one that was shown on Saturday and it was quite different, and I got all confused.

Pinkforever Tue 28-Aug-12 16:43:06

I love this series! dh went off in a huff because I wouldnt chat when it was on. I also love the books though he isnt as sympathetic a character in them-far more of a shit to livia and a bit of an alky too boot...

Frontpaw Tue 28-Aug-12 16:46:33

Livia is more argumentative in the book, and sulks with him a lot, which she doesn't do in the series. Camilleri doesnt write women very well and the later books aren't as good - more formulaic and more sex (in the last one I read poor old salvo gets it on with a horsey type in a barn!). Bad boy.

Frontpaw Wed 29-Aug-12 17:43:14

Anyone got a recipe for pasta with broccoli? It is mentioned in every flippin' book and I have never seen it in a recipe book. I feel the need to make some.

I have not had broccoli with pasta, but I have had cauliflower with pasta! it was cold and had been marinaded in lemon, garlic and oil. I don't know if it's just used like that in the part of Italy I go to, but it was very tasty.

ImpatientOne Wed 29-Aug-12 21:49:57

My Italian MIL is here at the moment I'll see if I can get a recipe that makes sense without the hand gestures that we use to communicate! grin

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Fri 31-Aug-12 20:49:50

DC tidying DVDs (!!) found Montalbanos I bought from Amazon last year and forgot about 'Hey, look, mum's Italian things!' So was able to see the first episode 'il ladro di merendine' - the Snack Thief), and interesting that the acting was nowhere near as good as it has developed into in later episodes (indeed like many other series - cf Outnumbered) - and also Montalbano was then much more irascible, like the books, than he has become now. Livia also establihsed then as harridan, later watered down...

Frontpaw Fri 31-Aug-12 20:58:12

Hang on, I'm getting my coat!

Gigondas Sat 01-Sep-12 21:01:53

Quick now on bbc4

Frontpaw Sun 02-Sep-12 00:24:46

What the hell mish-mash was that?
What have they done to Catarella's voice?
Where's Livia?
Why so many scenic shots?
Schmalzy ending or whay?
Weeeeeird storyline.

Ooh, have not seen last night's episode yet, must watch today!

teejwood Mon 03-Sep-12 23:44:33

Oh me, me, I've been on a Montolbano thread before!!
Missed ep 1 as we were away but caught ep 2 and will watch ep 1 on iplayer later in the week.

Our local italian serves pasta with broccoli kind of like this which is vv simple but vv tasty - does that fit with the description in the book?

Frontpaw Tue 04-Sep-12 08:21:45

I am still sulking over last saturdays episode. Bah. Its like when Morse became Lewis and it seemed to just be pandering to the overseas audiences (twee upper class 'gels' and gents punting on the river eating cucumber sandwiches, whilst bumping each other off for the inheritance of Ghastly Manor...).

Gigondas Tue 04-Sep-12 08:23:05

I still enjoyed saturday but seemed there were 2 plots which ended up not being satisfactorily explored. But at least quarry had a nice view.

Frontpaw Tue 04-Sep-12 09:24:43

DH says at the beginning it said that it was a mix of plots. Quite annoying!

porcamiseria Tue 04-Sep-12 11:30:59

loved it, love a bt of sat night Sicily !

It is cheesy, but DH and I love it! It reminds us of some of the characters and places we know in Italy. I'm loving the scenic shots, it's escapist and gets me excited about when I will visit Italy next. The scene in the restaurant (in The Puppeteer) was fab - Salvo's friend announcing he is retiring and Salvo is annoyed about the restaurant closing, rather than happy for his friend.

gottasmile Tue 11-Sep-12 17:10:37

I just spent a week eating granita at one of the bars at Punta Secca! My dh spent all his childhood summers on Montalbano's beach and his parents still have a beach house a minute away from there. There's a great pizzeria overlooking the lovely beach.
At the back of the apartment, we saw tourists with suitcases coming out so we're thinking that they probably rent out rooms in the Montalbano apartment... might be worth looking into....

gottasmile how fab! I bet it was lovely.

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Tue 11-Sep-12 17:45:36

gottasmile - wow!!!!

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Sun 23-Sep-12 19:57:55

the heat of august!
They have grown into their parts and this one was a masterpiece.
The scene with him and Adriana in the sea...
And then when he saw how she had used him...
And Fazio saw thru thru the 'I shot him... scenario...
Desperately want to buy
a) Mimi's villa , and
b) the soundtrack, but Amazon say out of stock and don't know when it will be available...( Am I gonna have to fabricate a business trip to Italy to buy it...????)

MadgeHarvey Sun 23-Sep-12 21:48:56

Can I just urge and urge you all again to read the books! They are utterly fabulous and quite charming. I bloody love Montalbano and the guy who plays him - I so would! blush

MrsGuyOfGisbourne Mon 24-Sep-12 09:44:20

Me too Madge blush

CastielsTrenchcoat Wed 26-Sep-12 10:22:36

That villa was amazing! Montalbano, so would too Madge and MrsGuy! Pleased that watching is also helping me practise my Italian.

Alameda Fri 28-Sep-12 15:58:53

yay montalbano fans! I have been looking for you, perché not in vuole parlare italiano thread?

I wonder if I would like it so much if there was more italian drama on bbc, anyway, you can stay in his actual house now it has been turned into a b&b - will post link to montalbano trail

Alameda I am better at understanding Italian, but I sometimes get in a pickle when trying to speak it. My accent/pronunciation is ok, but it takes me a min or two to sort my grammar out!

MrsSalvoMontalbano Fri 28-Sep-12 18:06:58

My Italian is improving watching him the programme. And as I am nor a very good swimmer, thought I should re-watch a few times his technique grin

grin MrsSalvo

Alameda Sat 29-Sep-12 09:28:56

they are my best bits too, the swimming scenes and the wobbly titles at the start and the music

montalbano trail might do this at half term blush

RavenVonChaos Sat 29-Sep-12 09:38:53

I have a massive crush on him wink

I want dinner at 'Da Enzo'!

fussychica Mon 08-Oct-12 16:32:31

Alameda can I come with you? We record it and DH was quite put out when I went to run on the titles as he loves them & the music -so 50s/60s.
Raven me too though he's so not my usual type.

GhouliaYelps Mon 08-Oct-12 16:40:36

I have loved this show for ages! The things I would do to him! blush

DH is bemused that I think Salvo is hot and that he has fans on here too!

MrsSalvoMontalbano Mon 08-Oct-12 17:41:43

My DH is also bemused. And I love the opening sequences and the music.Tried to buy on AMazon etc but not to be had. Am in Italy next weekend ( sadly not Sicily grin) so am going to see if I can get the soundtrack there. Would love to do the Montalbano trail - how about a mumsnet outing? grin

I love the opening sequence and music too! It's got a wonky charm hasn't it!

Ooh lovely, where are you off to MrsSalvo? We're going to Abruzzo for Xmas.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Mon 08-Oct-12 19:01:56

Only going to Turin for a coupla days...

How lovely. I have always wanted to go there. It's the place for chocolate in Italy, apparently. Hope you have a great time!

JumpJockey Mon 08-Oct-12 20:13:07

Anyone think the new series is less gripping than the last one? We used to be able to watch a whole episode in one go, but now me and Dh have to pvr it and watch over a couple of nights and I usually fall asleep... blush not helped of course that we always eat pasta and drink red wine at the same time grin
Also Catarella seems to have become even more of a parody of himself. And how come Mimi and Beba's son went from being a baby to about 5 over the space of a couple of weeks?!

But man it is a beautiful place... Even the quarries have some kind of special charm!

JumpJockey Mon 08-Oct-12 20:14:58

Oh and Torino is lovely, go up the mini railway to the Superga for fantastic views smile

JumpJockey I agree, but that's the charm of it and whilst I like Salvo, DH is happy with all these slinky Italian women who throw themselves at him. The oddness in places (like Catarella) make us laugh and we are like you in that we feel compelled to eat pasta and drink wine/Prosecco when watching!

Bunbaker Mon 08-Oct-12 20:30:51

We are seriously thinking of booking a holiday in Sicily next year. OH and I love the scenery, old buildings and lack of traffic - I hope the last bit still applies.

Oh, and we love the programme too.

I would love to go to Sicily, but if you can't go there, I can't recommend Abruzzo enough www.italia.it/en/discover-italy/abruzzo

It's another reason we love Montalbano, the scenery and people remind us of Abruzzo. I just love Italy full stop!

There was a poster on this thread who was in Sicily where Montalbano is filmed.

hi88ert Tue 09-Oct-12 10:37:43

I love this show and thought I was the only one until I saw this thread - nobody in work has even heard of it ?!

Thank god it's not just me !

My friends don't watch it either, so very glad to have this thread!

Alameda Tue 09-Oct-12 12:38:42

ahhhhh only about 20 days until I am in Sicily and on the trail of montalbano

although as I can hardly be bothered to watch a full episode will I actually visit any of those places?

MrsSalvoMontalbano Tue 09-Oct-12 14:22:42

oooh, Alameda, please do report back in great detail! grin

hi88ert Tue 09-Oct-12 14:40:12

just found all the dvd's on acorn media - www.acornmediauk.com/crime/inspector-montalbano-1.html - think i will be dropping some hints regarding christmas presents

definitely won't be getting a trip to italy so this could be the next best thing !!

Alameda Wed 10-Oct-12 12:02:53

Montalbano fans, where do you think would be most interesting to visit, out of all the locations?

If I drag someone along with me I can't really spend the whole week stalking an imaginary detective!

MrsSalvoMontalbano Wed 10-Oct-12 14:13:08

lol @ stalking imaginary detective! The places I would want to go are the restaurant, lighthouse and his balcony blush.

Ditto the restaurant and balcony. They're the images that spring to mind.

Frontpaw Thu 18-Oct-12 15:52:33

But what have they done with Livia? She's in the books more.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Thu 18-Oct-12 17:23:43

Yes, interesting about her. I think it is becasue she is a device - ie to make Salvo off the market without the difficulty of making her a wife, which would change the whole dynamic. No-one would have a relation ship like theirs in RL!

Frontpaw Thu 18-Oct-12 17:27:37

They don't actually say what you she does for work. And he isn't such a naughty boy in the books either (very grumpy, maudlin and he has hair).

aloiseb Fri 16-Nov-12 19:26:44

I've been catching up with these slowly on the Sky box (due to rebellion of locals, we have to watch "I'm a celeb" every night now until Kingdom come, or they all die)
I loved the most recent one I watched, except that I'm not sure about that gull - it didn't look like the ones in the air. Wasn't itm, in fact, an albatross?

Hope not significant sad

aloiseb Fri 16-Nov-12 19:27:47

As for maudlin, Frontpaw, how much more maudlin than dreaming of attending your own funeral?

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