Narrated by see Cast
No. of seasons 10
Original network RAI
First episode date 11 March 1984
Number of episodes 48
Original language(s) Italian
No. of episodes 48
Picture format Color
Final episode date 11 January 2001
Number of seasons 10
|Cast Remo Girone, Florinda Bolkan, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Raoul Bova, François Périer|
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La Piovra ([la ˈpjɔːvra]; English: The Octopus, referring to "The Mafia") is an Italian television drama miniseries about the Mafia.
The story was by Sandro Petraglia. The production was designed by Luigi Perelli. The soundtrack was by Riz Ortolani and later by Ennio Morricone, who went on to compose music for several sequels.
All 10 series have been released in Australia on DVD by Aztec International Entertainment, with English subtitles, having been originally aired on the Special Broadcasting Service television channel. It was also broadcast on MHz Networks in the United States. The first three series were shown in the UK on Channel 4.
The TV drama was successful in the USSR, where it appeared on state TV in 1986 in Albania, in Romania, and in Bulgaria, where is appeared in the end of the 1980s (in its seventh season, the show featured Bulgarian actor Stefan Danailov).