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Knowledge: The 1980 Bologna Bombing

The best criminal drama you haven’t seen since Mesrine? Romanzo Criminale, an Italian series set in the 70s. It’s fricking (yes, I used fricking) phenomenal. I’d go as far as saying it’s the best crime series since The Sopranos (arguably the most impressive, consistently great TV series ever). Romanzo is particularly adept at capturing the style, sound and violence of a criminal underworld. The acting’s superb, the narrative on the money and the setting delicious.

Something else it does extremely well is position the story within the context of the period. I for one, despite being half Italian, am not hugely familiar with Italy’s past pre 2000. For example, I’d not heard of the 1980 Bologna Bombing and the 70s political turmoil before watching Romanzo. 85 were killed in the worst event in Italy’s history since World War II. I always just thought the country was beautiful women, pasta and sleeping between 1PM and 4PM.

It seems you learn something new every day, which leads me onto this:

One person (C.Y.) responded positively. That small number is enough. If I can share knowledge with someone, then that’s fine – I’ve bettered an individual’s life. So, stay tuned for whatever I deem important enough to share.

Also Game of Thrones has been renewed for a third season only two episodes into the second which is fantastic news.


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