Dark and riveting, Thou Shalt Not Kill, the Italian mystery-crime drama series from Walter Presents, makes its broadcast debut in the US starting tomorrow.
Thou Shalt Not Kill (Non Uccidere) follows Chief Inspector Valeria Ferro (Miriam Leone, 1992, 1993, Medici: Masters of Florence), a steely, stubborn, impetuous, and determined crime squad detective who investigates murders motivated by jealousy, vendettas, and repressed anger in Turin.
Valeria’s quick temper and rash behavior on the job extend into (or should that be from?) her personal life, which is filled with demons from her past.
To wit: Valeria up and leaves her home and beds down at Giorgio’s after her mother Lucia (Monica Guerritore, Rossella) moves into the house Valeria has been sharing happily with her brother Giacomo (Davide Iacopini, Fog and Crimes), his wife Michela (Viola Sartoretto, Massimo Ribasso), and their young daughter Costanza (newcomer Crystal Deglaudi). To be fair, Valeria’s hasty departure isn’t due simply to a daughter not getting along with her mother. Rather, Lucia is a just-paroled convict, released early (after 17 years) from her prison sentence for the murder of Valeria’s father.
Her family situation almost makes investigating homicides easier for Valeria to deal with. Almost, but not really.
In the series opener, the body of a teen-aged girl is found in the flooded basement of a building in the Little Bucharest section of Turin. Valeria is sure the victim knew her assailant, but there are few clues to point her toward any particular suspect — until her keen observations and instincts lead her to the truth she’s been seeking.
The second two-part story finds Valeria and partner Andrea Russo (Matteo Martari, Luisa Spagnoli) investigating the murder of Guglielmo Mantovani, the wealthy owner of a bank. Her interrogation of the family member who found the deceased man’s bloody body triggers suspicion about his alibi. The plot thickens when there’s another dead body and another suspect experiences a bit of pronoun trouble.
The series features Riccardo Lombardo (Drawn for Jury Duty), Luca Terracciano (Un passo dal cielo), and Gigio Alberti (Inspector Coliandro).
The first episode of Thou Shalt Not Kill is set to have its broadcast debut on PBS stations tomorrow, Thursday, October 3. Check your local listings or contact your PBS station for actual air dates and times.
The rest of the episodes will air on successive Thursdays, and the series will also be available for streaming on PBS Passport.
(FYI: Subscribers to the PBS Masterpiece Channel on Amazon can stream both seasons of Thou Shalt Not Kill on the SVOD channel.)