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Don Matteo
Don matteo cast.jpg
From left, Don Matteo (Terence Hill) and Antonio Cecchini (Nino Frassica)
GenreComedy, Crime, Mystery
Created byEnrico Oldoini
StarringTerence Hill
Nathalie Guetta
Nino Frassica
Flavio Insinna
Simone Montedoro
Maria Chiara Giannetta
Francesco Scali
Pietro Pulcini
Country of originItaly
No. of seasons13
No. of episodes265 (list of episodes)
Production
Production locationsGubbio (1−8)
Spoleto (9−12)
Running time60−120 minutes (per episode)
Production companyLux Vide for Rai Fiction
Release
Original networkRai 1
Original release7 January 2000 (2000-01-07) –
present

Don Matteo (English: Father Matthew) is an Italian television series that has been airing on Rai 1, Italian national television's first channel, since 2000.

History

The protagonist of the series is Father Matteo (portrayed by Terence Hill), a Catholic priest in a parish of the town of Gubbio, Perugia. He is also known for his unrivalled talent in investigating local crime stories. Father Matteo is a wise and respected person who really manages to understand people's problems, and always appears to be willing to help. Thanks to his charm and positivity, he often helps criminals on their way to redemption and he always convinces them to confess their crimes and to accept their responsibilities.

Comedian Nino Frassica portrays Marshal Antonio Cecchini, a middle-aged Carabiniere who also happens to be Matteo's best friend. Cecchini is one of the main co-protagonists and often provides humour and comic relief in the series. Other notable cast members include Flavio Insinna, who portrayed Captain Flavio Anceschi from 2000 to 2006, Milena Miconi, who played Laura, the mayor of Gubbio as well as Anceschi's love interest and Simone Montedoro who has been playing the role of Captain Giulio Tommasi, successor to Anceschi, since the sixth season.

From season 8, Don Matteo is filmed in HDTV 1080i.

The series has also a Polish version titled "Ojciec Mateusz" produced by TVP and a Russian version titled "Otec Matvej" (tr.: Отец Матвей).[1][2]

Syndication

The series is syndicated in the United States by MHz Networks.[3]

Synopsis

The plot primarily revolves around the titular Matteo, a Catholic priest with an impressive insight in human nature, aiding the Carabinieri, the national as opposed to local police force personnel in solving crimes (usually murder cases). In this he usually finds support in marshal Antonio Cecchini, a warrant officer who often shares with him important details and clues, but also hostility, in the figure of Cecchini's direct superior, captain Flavio Anceschi (and later Giulio Tommasi and Anna Olivieri), who has little tolerance for the priest's continuous interference with the investigation.

Cast and characters

Episodes

Main article: List of Don Matteo episodes

Season Episodes Premiere Finale
1 16 January 7, 2000 February 20, 2000
2 16 October 21, 2001 December 9, 2001
3 16 September 27, 2002 November 15, 2002
4 24 February 19, 2004 May 6, 2004
5 24 February 1, 2006 April 27, 2006
6 24 January 17, 2008 April 10, 2008
7 24 September 10, 2009 November 26, 2009
8 24 September 15, 2011 December 8, 2011
9 26 January 9, 2014 April 10, 2014
10 26 January 7, 2016 April 14, 2016
11 25 January 11, 2018 April 19, 2018
12 10 January 9, 2020 March 19, 2020
13 10 March 31, 2022 May 26, 2022

Reception

The series received two awards at the 42nd Monte-Carlo Television Festival in 2002: Terence Hill won the award for Best Actor and Alessandro Jacchia won the award for Best Producer.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Don Matteo: Dalla Russia….Con Amore".
  2. ^ "Archived copy". www.media.rai.it. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ MHz Networks. "The Young Montalbano Premieres Exclusively on MHz Next Week". Retrieved Jan 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "Terence Hill named best actor of the year". it.terencehill.com (in Italian). Archived from the original on August 2, 2013. Retrieved Feb 2, 2013.