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GOMARRAH


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Autumn is looming and the TV schedules are shaping up nicely, with some compelling crime dramas – new and returning – soon to hit our screens.

Before highlighting the treats ahead, there are some series that are on right now that must be mentioned.

A favourite of mine is Gomorrah, a 12-parter based on the Roberto Saviano’s passionate exposé of the Neapolitan Camorra. Roberto’s book, which angered the mobsters and endangered his life, is a non-fiction account, but this series is a fictionalised adaptation.

It looks and sounds authentic (the actors even use the Neapolitan dialect), and focuses on a clan headed by Don Pietro, who is having a turf skirmish with a rival called Conte.

Ciro, played by Marco D’Amore, is one of Pietro’s more capable captains, but he is not pleased by the boss’s rash and bloody attempts to defeat Conte, particularly when they result in the death of his mentor, Attilio, in a gun battle.

When Pietro is arrested and his foolish son Genny looks set to take command – to the horror of the other clan members – Ciro is suddenly thrust to the front of the clan’s power structure…

This is a visceral, powerful series, absolutely nail-biting from week to week. The action scenes take your breath away, and the raw brutality of the turf wars is shocking.

We’re a long way from Midsomer here. Cosy it ain’t. But if you want a big drama that draws on true events – and is all the more bewildering when it is happening in a country many of us visit and love – then Gomorrah is a must-see.

It is up to episode four or five now, but you can catch up with it on NowTV if you don’t have Sky Atlantic. Sky Atlantic, Mondays, 9pm

It’s unfashionable, the critics are snooty about it, but New Tricks saunters on without a care in the world. Audiences approaching 9million show that there’s life in the old dogs yet.

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