A year ago we announced that a series based on Michael Dibdin’s Aurelio Zen novels had been commissioned, and it would be filmed on location in Rome. Now that the PBS premiere has been announced for July 17th, we’d like to give everyone a heads up alert. For those who’d like to read ahead, the adapted novels are Vendetta, Cabal and Ratking. As we fully expected, Rufus Sewell cuts una bella figura as the Roman detective with a Venetian name. Bond Girl Caterine Murino (Casino Royale) co-stars as Zen’s love interest Tania Moretti, and Ben Miles (Coupling, Lark Rise to Candleford) lends both wit and intrigue as Zen’s unofficial taskmaster. The Italian locations, many in Rome’s sun-drenched EUR district, captivated British audiences in the grip of one of the bitterest winters in memory, and it is equally sure to gratify armchair travelers on sizzling summer nights. The DVD (coming soon after the series finale) will include “An Italian Adventure,” a behind-the-scenes look at how the cast and crew set a style that harks back to Sixties favorites like The Saint.