Given the success of the novels Rai commissioned a television series, in co-operation with Sweden's Sveriges Television, of most of the novels and short stories. Camilleri was himself a screenwriter and never denied how his novels always had a clear structure for a television transposition. Each closely follows the plot of the novels, in some cases joining several short stories. Alberto Sironi has directed the entire series, that was mainly shot in the province of Ragusa.
The Series initially aired on Rai 2 and later on Rai 1, and is visible on the website Rai Click and on the Palomar official web page. Luca Zingaretti interprets the inspector Montalbano and had to adjust his accent to Sicilian having been born in Rome. Also noted, Camilleri was teaching at the time when Zingaretti was studying at the Accademia Nazionale di Arte Drammatica Silvio D'Amico.