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Sundays, July 17- 31 at 9 p.m. – Masterpiece Mystery! Zen

(Rochester, NY) – 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, premiering Sunday, July 17 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

The series kicks off Sunday, July 17 at 9 p.m. with Vendetta when a killer is on a vendetta-fuelled rampage against those who wrongly imprisoned him, including a cop who had almost nothing to do with it: Zen. But Zen is too busy dealing with another crime—a politically-charged murder—to notice that he’s on the psychopath’s hit list. Ordered by his boss to nail the chief suspect in the murder case whether he is guilty or not and by a justice official to get the guy off, Zen is in a no-win situation—although he has won the heart of his officemate Tania Moretti. With so many distractions, can Zen solve the murder while keeping his job, staying alive, and getting to know Tania better.

In episode two, Cabal – airing Sunday, July 24 at 9 p.m., 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.

Pictured :Rufus Sewell stars as Detective Aurelio Zen .
Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

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