Zen: An Honest Man

The fact the word ‘Zen’ precedes the name of my blog is no coincidence. For me, it’s as much about the symbolism of me striving to achieve spiritual oneness as it is about me leaving a useful record of my exploits behind to encourage others. Okay, so don’t actually follow Buddhist teachings and my blog hasn’t been loaded with salient moral teachings, but I do feel I’ve expressed some poignant messages that people feel in life, and readers hopefully feel enriched in some small way by relating to what I’ve written – all through my desire to communicate and chronicle using this weblog medium.

So while I ponder whether writing about comics and TV could ever really be classified as ‘using your skills for good’, Zen has now taken on another meaning.

Zen is the name of a new BBC drama series based on Michael Dibdin’s books about the life of Italian detective Aurelio Zen. It stars Rufus Swell and Caterina Murino and was filmed on location in Rome. Presenting playful genre twists, romantic scenery and a direct lexical connection, how could I pass this up?

An interesting new series that harkens back to the honourable 1960s male leads of old. You can read more of my thoughts on Zen at Platform Online.

This show is now part of a pattern of fabulous Sunday night television. The BBC produced some truly amazing stuff last year, so here’s hoping the rest of 2011 will be just as good.