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I saw as for the adaptation of this very good book series advertised for sky Atlantic this morning.

 

Starts on sky on 19th November :)

 

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Did anyone watch this?  I did and I really enjoyed it.  It is very consistent with what I remember of the book and the two main characters are much as I imagined them.  It's all in Italian, with subtitles, which doesn't bother me at all, but it does mean that you have to just sit and watch, at which I do not excel.  I'm looking forward to watching the entire series, even if it is the week before Thanksgiving and therefore an incredibly busy time.

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