Watching the Transnational Detectives: a series of screenings of and conversation around your favourite international TV dramas.
The ‘Watching the Transnational Detectives’ project is a funded study into understanding the UK’s fascination with foreign language crime dramas. We are aiming to find out what you the audience really think and feel when you watch these shows.
Spiral; Deutschland ‘83; Inspector Montalbano: international crime dramas like these routinely draw large numbers of British television viewers even though the lead detectives don’t always speak in English. So whilst we’re viewing our favourite 9 pm crime show, what else are we discovering about the country we’re seeing and the people we’re hearing on screen? Does our viewing influence our attitudes about languages and even encourage us to learn a new language? Come and tell us your views whilst revisiting some of the best episodes of some much-loved series.
Maltese is an Italian crime drama set in the 1970s, first shown on Italian TV in 2017, and starring Kim Rossi Sturat in the role of Inspector Maltese. Having returned to Sicily for a friend’s wedding, Maltese finds himself drawn into a murder investigation that will reveal a complex web of widespread corruption, the omnipresence of the Mafia in the area, its archaic roots, and the challenges faced by anyone determined to undermine its supremacy.
Come along and enjoy again a favourite episode of this much-loved series and join in the post-show discussion, let us know your views on the show, the cultural stereotypes it promotes, and its use of language.
Doors: 5.30pm for refreshments. Screening begins at 6 pm.
Free entry. Suitable for ages 16+.
Watching the Transnational Detectives is a 6-week series running screenings on the following dates: