Ispettore Coliandro

 

Ispettore Coliandro

Main character: Ispettore Marco Coliandro
Country of origin: Italy
Main location: Bologna

Creator: Carlo Lucarelli
Born in: Parma, Italy
Born on: October 26, 1960
Nationality: Italian

Literary series started in: 1991 (Nikita)
Original language: Italian
Publisher: Metrolibri (Bologna, Italy); Einaudi (Torino, Italy)
Number of books (original editions): 3
Latest title published in: 1994 (Il giorno del lupo)
Translations: French

Television series started in: 2006
Producer: RAI, Italy
Number of seasons: 7
Latest season broadcast: 2018
Transnational distribution: Yes

Case study rationale:

Inspector Coliandro is the main character of a crime fiction series written by Carlo Lucarelli and adapted for television by RAI Fiction, under the direction of the Manetti Bros. Coliandro is an atypical detective, who tries to act as a tough and resolute action hero when he is actually an affectionate, clumsy, and muddling detective who is involved in situations – often in over his head – on the backdrop of a multicultural, underground and noir-like Bologna. In 1991 Carlo Lucarelli published the short story Nikita in an anthological collection dedicated to Bologna’s crime fiction writers, I delitti del Gruppo 13. After two years, in 1993, Lucarelli continued Coliandro’s adventures with the novel Falange Armata and, in 1994, with Il giorno del lupo. Especially thanks to Falange Armata and its references with the real crime events associated with “Uno Bianca” Gang, which was operating in those years in Emilia-Romagna with great media resonance, Coliandro consolidated his popularity and Lucarelli increased his fame as one of the most influencing crime writers in Italy. In 2003, when Lucarelli was already an accredited and renowned writer of crime fiction and crime TV shows, RAI producer Tommaso Dazzi proposed to adapt Coliandro for television, engaging Lucarelli as screenwriter and direct supervisor.

 

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Carlo Lucarelli on Coliandro

 

Carlo Lucarelli on Coliandro

 

Inspector Coliandro eating at a Chinese restaurant in Bologna, in episode 2, season 1 (“Vendetta cinese”). Here Coliandro exposes and faces cultural stereotypes related to Chinese people.

Inspector Coliandro stereotyped comments on women in police departments, season 2, episode 1 (“La pistola”)

Inspector Coliandro stereotyped comments on women in police departments, season 2, episode 1 (“La pistola”)

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