I have been buying some British television mysteries lately In the last month or so I’ve bought Sherlock Season 2, Zen, Inspector Lewis series one, and the Last Detective series one. I am enjoying them. This posting is about Sherlock and Zen.
Sherlock Season two is pretty good and it proves that the successful first season was not a fluke. There are 3 new episodes. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman return as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in cases inspired by A Scandal in Bohemia, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Final Problem (three of the most famous Holmes stories). For the casual fan it is at least worth a rental. Both actors are good and the supporting cast does good work. There will be a season three.
Zen is a three episode series or season based on the novels of Michael Dibdin. (I have never read any of the books so I have no idea how much was changed in adapting the series to TV.) Aurelio Zen is an Italian detective and so far I found the cases interesting. Rufus Sewell is good as Zen, an honest cop in a country riddled with corruption, and the actress Caterina Murino is good as his love interest. I still have one episode to watch. The series is going to be re-run on PBS this summer, it is worth checking out. Hopefully there will be another series.