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My Brilliant Friend (Rai 2018, Margherita Mazzucco, Gaia Girace)

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Filmed on location in Italy and including a cast of more than 150 actors and 5,000 extras, My Brilliant Friend tells the story of Elena Greco, a now-elderly woman who discovers the most important friend in her life, Raffaella ‘Lila’ Cerullo, has disappeared without a trace.

A writer, immersed in a house full of books, Greco turns on her computer and starts writing the story of their tempestuous friendship, starting from the point when Elena met Lila in their first year of school in 1950.

Set in a dangerous and fascinating Naples, their story goes on to cover more than 60 years of their lives, as she tries to describe the mystery of Lila, Elena’s brilliant friend and, in a way, also her best friend and worst enemy.

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Italy | HBO – RAI – TimVision – Wildside – Fandango | 8×50 minutes | 2018

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Producers: Lorenzo Mieli, Mario Gianani
Executive Producer: Jennifer Schuur
Director: Saverio Costanzo
Writers: Elena Ferrante, Francesco Piccolo, Laura Paolucci, Saverio Costanzo

cast
Elisa Del Genio as Elena (Young)
Ludovica Nasti as Lila (Young)
Margherita Mazzucco as Elena (teenage)
Gaia Girace as Lila (teenage)


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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