The new series Vanina Guarrasi - Un Vicequestore a Catania (Tr. Vanina: A Deputy Policewoman in Catania) launched by Mediaset this month performed very well for a channel not used anymore to lead the slot of drama vs Rai. This time the four-part crime series premiered on Wednesday 27 March with an excellent result. The launch won its slot with 3.308 million viewers (a 19.3% share). The story based on the novels written by Cristina Scalia, is produced by Palomar (Mediawan). The detective series follows the titular deputy commissioner, who leaves Palermo to escape her past after a successful career handling anti-mafia operation. She ends up in the Sicilian city of Catania, where she handles homicides. The launch won its slot with 3.308 million viewers (a 19.3% share). The last episode ended with 2.6m viewers and a 16.9% audience share.

Six-part thriller Se potessi dirti addio (Tr. If I Could Say Goodbye) launched on Friday March 29 at 21:40 on Canale 5, starring Gabriele Garko and Anna Safroncik, closed on April 5 with 2.9mln viewers and an audience share of 16.7%. The main character is Elena, a neuropsychiatrist, who is seeking justice after the murder of her husband. She treats a man who has lost his memory and during his recovery, she discovers details that could provide clues as to what happened to her husband.

Rai 1 launched the six-part drama titled Il Clandestino (Tr. Clandestine) on Monday 8 April at 21:30. Former top counterterrorism inspector Luca Travaglia left the force following a violent attack that took the life of his beloved. He is swept away from his quiet life as a bouncer in Milan when an enterprising Sri Lankan draws him into a new detective operation. Produced by Rai Fiction and Italian International Film. The launch was good, with 3.5 million viewers and a 19.6% share. Produced by Rai Fiction and Italian International Film.
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The King of S. Michele prison returned with a second season, on Sky from April 12. Produced by Sky Studios, with The Apartment and Wildside (Fremantle) the prison drama sees Luca Zingaretti reprising his role as Bruno Testori, the prison director, imprisoned in his own carcel. The drama in eight episodes is directed by Giuseppe Gagliardi, written by Peppe Fiore, Alessandro Fabbri, and Federico Gnesini. The cast also includes Isabella Ragonese, Anna Bonaiuto, Laura Lombardo, Barbora Bobulova, and others. The plot follows Testori as he investigates the murder of an employee of a flagship energy company, uncovering an intrigue involving the secret services. The series will be available in all countries where Sky is present, internationally distributed by Fremantle.

RaiPlay launched a second, 8x30’ series of Il Santone (Tr. The Guru) on Friday 19 April. The comedy drama, inspired by a Facebook page called #lepiùbellefrasidiOscio, follows a self-styled guru who provides lifestyle tips to people living in his neighbourhood of Rome. Produced by Stand by me in collaboration with Rai Fiction.