Zen 1.02 - Rurus Sewell
Episode 1.02 'Cabal' - Aurelio Zen (Rurus Sewell) © 2011 Left Bank Pictures

It’s the second of three feature length programmes based on the best-selling novels by the late Michael Dibdin…

Sunday, January 9, 2011 21.00 BBC1 … Summer, 2011 PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery
Zen 90 mins, 2010
Season 1 Episode 2, Cabal

The body of Umberto Ruspanti, a member of one of Rome’s most prominent aristocratic families, is found underneath a bridge in the early hours of the morning, in the second film about fictional Italian detective Aurelio Zen – played by Rufus Sewell – based on the best-selling novels by the late Michael Dibdin.

Zen is assigned the case by the Ministry to ensure a swift conclusion of suicide but he quickly suspects murder. As things become more suspicious, Zen is alerted to the existence of the Cabal, a powerful, secret organisation which has members deep within various Italian institutes. It seems Ruspanti’s attempts to sell information on the Cabal may have led to his demise.

While attempting to develop his relationship with beautiful colleague Tania, Zen is courted by powerful prosecutor Nadia Pirlo, whose advances mask her own desire to expose the Cabal – if it really exists. As Zen and Tania’s romance is tested by her imminent divorce, their boss, the over-stressed Chief of Police Leo Moscati, is pushed to his limit and suffers a heart attack.

Several members of the department have their eyes on this coveted position, but Zen finds his prospects of advancement caught up in the conflicting interests of the police, the Ministry and his own conscience. It is up to Zen to break the Cabal and discover what really happened to Ruspanti. But, in doing so, he puts his own life, and those around him, in danger.

Zen is played by Rufus Sewell, Tania by Caterina Murino, Nadia Pirlo by Cosima Shaw and Leo Moscati by Stanley Townsend.

Regular Cast: Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell), Tania (Caterina Murino)
Guest Cast: Nadia Pirlo (Cosima Shaw), Leo Moscati (Stanley Townsend)

Writer/Assoc ProducerSimon Burke
Based on the novels by Michael Dibdin
ProducerVeronica Castillo, Michael Casey

DirectorChristopher Menaul
Executive ProducersRaffaella Bonivento, Rebecca Eaton, Andy Harries, Matthew Read