The Young Montalbano (Italian: Il giovane Montalbano) is an Italian television series produced and broadcast by Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) in 2012 and 2015. It is a prequel to the popular series Inspector Montalbano (Italian: Il commissario Montalbano), based on the detective novels of Andrea Camilleri, set in the fictional town of Vigàta, Sicily.
Episodes are now available in DVD collections and with English subtitles.

The Young Montalbano: Episodes 1-3 (DVD)

(In Italian with English Subtitles)Before Detective Salvo Montalbano became the seasoned and mature chief detective we already know, he was just Salvo, new to Vigata and new to being a police chief. He didn’t always live in that glorious house by the sea, or have Deputy Chief Mimi Augello as a best friend, or Fazio as a loyal assistant. He didn’t always go out with the beautiful Genoese architect, Livia Burlando. Perhaps the only constants have been his unbridled quest for good food and the inability of his overly enthusiastic deputy, Catarella, to pronounce anyone s name correctly. In this prequel series to Detective Montalbano, watch the genesis of the friendships, the rivalries and the romance as the players arrive to take their places in the beautiful Sicilian town of Vigata. In the crucible of solving crimes together among the unforgettable people of Vigata, they become a team. Savor these stories that set the stage for the group s transformation from rookie cops to the experienced crime-solving ensemble we ve come to know and love. Episode 1: The First Case A promotion brings young Detective Salvo Montalbano from a small mountain village to the city of Vigata. There he finds himself supervising a group of agents that include Carmine Fazio, many years his senior, and quirky Sicilian Catarella. Together they investigate a murder that’s been pinned on a young woman who may be smarter and angrier than anyone knows. Episode 2: New Year’s Eve A bullet shot from outside a hotel kills a guest in his room on New Year’s Eve. Montalbano learns that rooms were switched just before the shooting, which changes the tenor of the investigation. HIs work isn’t made any easier when Dr. Pasquano from forensics arrives to check out the body, without giving much respect or deference to the young police chief. Episode 3: Back to Basics Montalbano finds himself threatened by the arrival of Deputy Chief Mimi Augello. They investigate a kidnapping case together while Montalbano secretly wonders whether his new colleague is friend or foe. Together they also meet a friend of the victimized family, the beautiful Genoese architect, Livia Burlando.

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The Young Montalbano: Episodes 4-6 (DVD)

(In Italian with English Subtitles) Before Detective Salvo Montalbano became the seasoned and mature chief detective we already know, he was just Salvo, new to Vigata and new to being a police chief. He didn’t always live in that glorious house by the sea, or have Deputy Chief Mimi Augello as a best friend, or Fazio as a loyal assistant. He didn’t always go out with the beautiful Genoese architect, Livia Burlando. Perhaps the only constants have been his unbridled quest for good food and the inability of his overly enthusiastic deputy, Catarella, to pronounce anyone s name correctly. In this prequel series to Detective Montalbano, watch the genesis of the friendships, the rivalries and the romance as the players arrive to take their places in the beautiful Sicilian town of Vigata. In the crucible of solving crimes together among the unforgettable people of Vigata, they become a team. Savor these stories that set the stage for the group s transformation from rookie cops to the experienced crime-solving ensemble we ve come to know and love.
Episode 4: Mortally Wounded Detective Salvo Montalbano investigates a murder in which the complicated and illegal private life of the victim might have done him in. Off the job, Montalbano continues to hit it off with his new girlfriend, Livia, who’s being used by Montalbano’s father in attempts to approach his estranged son.
Episode 5: The Third Secret Strange anonymous letters addressed to Montalbano keep arriving at the police station in connection with local workers’ deaths. While the team attempts to unravel the puzzle, a new young cop, Giuseppe Fazio, joins them. He’s the son of the recently-retired Carmine, and ready to follow his new leader despite their initial clashes.
Episode 6: Seven Mondays Livia convinces Salvo to take a seven-day vacation with her in Provence. Just as they’re about to depart, Vigata is shaken by a murder and the ritualistic killing of some animals, all occurring on the same day at dawn. Unwilling to give up her vacation, Livia leaves for the trip with someone else and Montalbano stays to work the case.

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