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Zen and the art of TV coppers.

RUFUS Sewell is the latest to take on the guise of a Continental copper, this time an Italian detective.

He stars in Zen, which starts tomorrow, and which is based on the novels of Michael Dibdin.

I''m thrilled to be a part of this project with the opportunity to play such an intriguing, complex and likeable character, said Sewell.

There''s nothing really like Zen. In fact, the closest thing to it hasn''t been made for a very, very long time.

There''s a kind of bounce to it that reminds me of stuff from the Sixties. It''s fun and I''m having more fun doing this than I''ve had doing anything for a very long time.

Sewell is Aurelio Zen, a charismatic detective who reinvestigates Rufus Sewell as Aurelio Zen a multiple murder.

Millionaire Oscar Faso and his guests are found shot dead, and his friend Renato Favelloni spent time in jail after confessing to the crime. But after ''finding God'', he retracted his statement.

Zen is convinced Favelloni did the dirty deed, until Judge Bertolini is shot dead in his car.

Initially the deaths seems unrelated, until it becomes clear they''re part of a vendetta against Zen.

I had a type of detective that I was desperate to avoid playing, the kind of corridorstrider which you get a lot of, explains Sewell. I just want Zen to be more human, someone believable.

Zen BBC1, tomorrow, 9pm
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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