The Bastards of Pizzofalcone
Italian poster
ItalianI bastardi di Pizzofalcone
Genre
Based onI bastardi di Pizzofalcone
by Maurizio de Giovanni
Written by
  • Silvia Napolitano
  • Francesca Panzarella
  • Maurizio de Giovanni
  • Dido Castelli
  • Salvatore De Mola
  • Graziano Diana
  • Salvatore Basile
  • Angelo Petrella
  • Paolo Terracciano
Directed by
Starring
Composers
Country of originItaly
Original languageItalian
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes22
Production
Producers
  • Giusi Buondonno
  • Francesca Loiero
Cinematography
  • Armando Buttafava Bonalloggi
  • Marco Pieroni
Editors
  • Carlo Fontana
  • Emiliano Bellardini
  • Danilo Perticara
Running time97–108 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkRai 1
Release9 January 2017 (2017-01-09) –
present (present)

The Bastards of Pizzofalcone (Italian: I bastardi di Pizzofalcone) is an Italian police procedural crime drama television series based on the I bastardi di Pizzofalcone novels[1] by Maurizio de Giovanni. It has been broadcast on Rai 1 since 9 January 2017.

Plot

A group of ragtag detectives from the Pizzofalcone police station in Naples investigate complex cases.

Cast

Episodes

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
169 January 2017 (2017-01-09)6 February 2017 (2017-02-06)Rai 1
268 October 2018 (2018-10-08)12 November 2018 (2018-11-12)
3620 September 2021 (2021-09-20)25 October 2021 (2021-10-25)
4423 October 2023 (2023-10-23)13 November 2023 (2023-11-13)

Season 1

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDurationOriginal air date
11"Bastards"
(I bastardi)
104 min9 January 2017 (2017-01-09)
22"Anger"
(Rabbia)
97 min10 January 2017 (2017-01-10)
33"Neighbors"
(Vicini)
104 min16 January 2017 (2017-01-16)
44"Cold"
(Gelo)
106 min23 January 2017 (2017-01-23)
55"Mercy"
(Misericordia)
108 min30 January 2017 (2017-01-30)
66"Darkness"
(Buio)
97 min6 February 2017 (2017-02-06)

Season 2

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDurationOriginal air date
71"Babies"
(Cuccioli)
106 min8 October 2018 (2018-10-08)
82"Bread"
(Pane)
105 min15 October 2018 (2018-10-15)
93"Jewelry"
(Gioielli)
101 min22 October 2018 (2018-10-22)
104"Tango"107 min29 October 2018 (2018-10-29)
115"Souvenir"105 min5 November 2018 (2018-11-05)
126"Betrayals"
(Tradimenti)
105 min12 November 2018 (2018-11-12)

Season 3

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDurationOriginal air date
131"Fires"
(Fuochi)
99 min20 September 2021 (2021-09-20)
142"Empty"
(Vuoto)
104 min27 September 2021 (2021-09-27)
153"Roses"
(Rose)
97 min3 October 2021 (2021-10-03)
164"Wedding"
(Nozze)
107 min11 October 2021 (2021-10-11)
175"Blood"
(Sangue)
105 min18 October 2021 (2021-10-18)
186"Truth"
(Verità)
99 min25 October 2021 (2021-10-25)

Season 4

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDurationOriginal air date
191"Music"
(Musica)
TBA23 October 2023 (2023-10-23)
202"Flowers"
(Fiori)
TBA30 October 2023 (2023-10-30)
213"Angels"
(Angeli)
TBA6 November 2023 (2023-11-06)
224"Deceptions"
(Inganni)
TBA13 November 2023 (2023-11-13)

Production

The series is filmed in various locations around Naples, including the Palazzo Carafa di Santa Severina, the Certosa di San Martino, the Toledo station, the Quartieri Spagnoli, Mergellina, the Universitá Monte Sant'Angelo, Santa Caterina a Formiello, Sant'Anna dei Lombardi, Largo Tarsia, the Piazza del Gesù Nuovo, Largo Sellaria, Villa Gallotti, and the Centro Direzionale.[2]

Release

The pilot episode was aired on 9 January 2017, while the second episode aired the following day.[3]

The second season premiered on 8 October 2018.[4][5]

The third season began production in late 2018[6] and premiered on 20 September 2021.[7]

The fourth season began airing on 23 October 2023.[8]

Reception

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2022 Nastri d'Argento Grandi Serie Best Crime Series I bastardi di Pizzofalcone Won [9][10]

Controversy

The lesbian relationship between Alex Di Nardo and Rosaria Martone[11] resulted in complaints from the Catholic newspaper Avvenire as well as from Maurizio Lupi, a member of the Italian Parliament and Popular Area coalition.[12][13] In response, star Alessandro Gassmann tweeted, "I want to thank Avvenire for the controversy over the lesbian scenes in Pizzofalcone! They bring luck! See you Monday!!"[14]

References

  1. ^ "Maurizio de Giovanni Books In Order". Booksradar.com. 2023. Retrieved 3 October 2023.
  2. ^ Spagnuolo, Eugene (27 March 2017). "I bastardi di Pizzofalcone: i luoghi di Napoli dov'è stata girata la serie di Rai 1". Panorama (in Italian).
  3. ^ "Su Rai1 arrivano "I bastardi di Pizzofalcone"". Rai News (in Italian). 9 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Comunicato n.321 - " I bastardi di Pizzofalcone 2" Lunedì 8 la prima puntata su Raiuno, in contemporanea al Teatro Mercadante". Regione Campania (in Italian). 6 October 2018.
  5. ^ "I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone 2: le anticipazioni sulla prima puntata". Napoli Today (in Italian). 8 October 2018.
  6. ^ "I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone, via libera per la terza serie". Today (in Italian). 15 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Terza stagione dei Bastardi di Pizzofalcone su RAI 1". Napoli da Vivere (in Italian). 30 July 2021.
  8. ^ Cialdea, Tiziana (19 August 2023). "I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone 4 comincia il 23 ottobre: curiosità, trama e novità sulla nuova stagione". Style Magazine (in Italian). Corriere della Sera.
  9. ^ Naselli, Antonio (30 May 2022). "Nastri D'Argento grandi serie – I vincitori" [Nastri D'Argento Great Series – the Winners]. Nastri d'Argento (in Italian). Archived from the original on 1 August 2023.
  10. ^ Alessi, Rossella (31 May 2022). "Nastri D'Argento 2022: trionfano i Bastardi di Pizzofalcone, Verdone e Muccino" [Nastri D'Argento 2022: The Bastards of Pizzofalcone, Verdone and Muccino triumph]. La Bussola TV (in Italian). Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  11. ^ Tranquilli, Simona (October 3, 2021). "I bastardi di Pizzofalcone, attrice di Rosaria: "Profondamente segnati"" [The Bastards of Pizzofalcone, actress who plays Rosaria: "Deeply affected"]. LaNostraTv (in Italian). Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  12. ^ "Rai1. Bastardi di Pizzofalcone, sulle scene omosex interrogazione alla Camera" [Rai1. Bastards of Pizzofalcone, Chamber of Deputies inquiry about homosexual scenes]. Avvenire (in Italian). 3 February 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  13. ^ "Scene lesbo ne "I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone", il caso arriva in Parlamento" [Lesbian scenes in "I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone", the issue reaches Parliament]. NapoliToday (in Italian). 3 February 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2023.
  14. ^ @GassmanGassmann (February 2, 2017). "Voglio ringraziare l'Avvenire per la polemica sulle scene lesbo di Pizzofalcone! Portano bene ! A lunedì!!✌🏻✌🏾✌️" (Tweet) – via Twitter.