Ciao Bella (TV series)

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Ciao Bella
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 13
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel CBC Television
Original release 2003 – 2004

Ciao Bella (Italian for "Hello and/or Goodbye beautiful") is a Canadian television sitcom that debuted on CBC Television in the 2004-05 television season. It is set in Montreal, Quebec.

Elena Battista (played by Claudia Ferri) is a young, single Italian-Canadian woman whose desire for a modern lifestyle conflicts with the traditional values of her family. In the season premiere, she is hit by a bus on the way to the florist to exchange a corsage on her sister's wedding day. In the ensuing coma, she promises God that if she is allowed to live, she will take advantage of her life and live it on her own terms instead of letting her family run it for her.

Steve Galluccio, who created the series, explored similar themes in the theatrical play Mambo Italiano. Ferri appeared in the film adaptation of that play as a different character.

Each episode is filmed twice, in both English and French. There is no dubbing. A computer game of the same name has recently been released in relation to the series. Track 5 on Hôtel Costes, Vol. 3 includes the show's theme music.


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