Two original series set in the Alps of Trento are inugurating the Italian noir with the typical atmospheres of the genre widely known in the Nordic countries. Mountains, glaciers and snow, rivers and dark wood are the scenario of grey landscapes, tinged with cold tones, while the main protagonist investigating brutal crimes is a troubled cop, a dysfunctional hero.
Rai 1 launched two series Blackout - Vite Sospese and Fiori sopra l'inferno, both with good audience share's feed back by the Italian public in prime time.
The mystery drama series Blackout - Vite Sospese on Rai 1 is a German-Italian coproduction. The first episode reached 3.9mln viewers with an audience share of 21.7%, on Monday January 23, with an very good result in the young target 15-24 (27%). The last episode on Monday, February 6 reached 3.9mln with 21.5%. share. Rai 1 already confirmed a second season. The 8-episodes mystery drama is set in a luxury hotel in a small, exclusive ski resort. When an avalanche cuts off the village from outside help, and with the electricity out, holiday makers and villagers must come together. Secrets, hidden identities, and the presence of a murderer are revealed, with everyone forced to put fears and prejudices aside and come together as a community. A coproduction between Rai Fiction and Èliseo Entertainment, with the participation of Viola Film, in collaboration with the Trentino Film Commission, produced by Luca Barbareschi.
After the conclusion of Blackout on Monday night (the traditional day for original Italian series), Rai 1 broadcast a new thriller Fiori sopra l'inferno (Tr. Flowers over the inferno), based on the novel of the same name written by Ilaria Tuti. The series follows Teresa Battaglia, a criminal profiler who moves to a small mountain community to investigate a series of cruel homicides. The first episode premiered on Monday 13 February with a very good result 4.7mln viewers and an audience share of 25.5%. Produced by Publispei and Rai Fiction.
Rai 1 cop drama Resta con me inspired by an idea of Maurizo De Giovanni (I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone) broadcast by Rai 1 on Sunday evening, February 19 in prime time reached a good result with 3.7mln viewers and an audience share of 21.4%.
The series features Francesco Arca as a policeman who chose the night shift turn in order to avod contact with his wife. He is having a big family crisis after having lost his first unborn child. Produced by Palomar and Rai Fiction.
In the same slot, Rai 1 in the previous week broadcast the series Le Indagini di Lolita Lobosco, starring Luisa Ranieri which reached 5.3mln viewers and an audience share of 28.9% share in the last episode on Sunday, February 12.
Mediaset is keeping up with the family genre. Canale 5 launched the second season of family drama Buongiorno Mamma on February 15. The debut was very good for Mediaset with 3.4mln viewers and an audience share of 21.2%. In the first season Raoul Bova plays the father of a 12-year-old girl, who is very introverted after her mother (Maria Chiara Giannetta) has spent six years in a coma. In the second season the mother wakes up and once again the family is dealing with a new important event after 8 years of coma. Produced by Lux Vide (part of Fremantle Group) and RTI.
Netflix launched on Wednesday, February 15, a new original series The Law According to Lidia Poët, a period drama about Italy’s first female lawyer. The 6-episode series tells the story of a very strong woman played by Matilde De Angelis (The Undoing) who in late 19th century fought a legal battle to be allowed to work as a lawyer in a masculine world full of prejudices against women. The series is directed by Matteo Rovere and Letizia Lamartire. The series, produced by Rovere’s Groenlandia shingle, which is part of Banijay Group.