TV drama VOD service Walter Presents has acquired the U.K. rights to Italian crime drama “Maltese” from sales company ZDF Enterprises. It is the first Italian drama to stream on the VOD service.

“I’ve been on a mission to find a great Italian drama for the last three years and this is truly an exceptional one,” said Walter Iuzzolino, the Italian-born co-founder and curator of Walter Presents in a statement. “It’s a violent, elegant, nostalgic piece that combines the pathos of ‘The Godfather’ with the achingly stylish beauty of ‘Mad Men.’”

The eight-part series stars Kim Rossi Stuart as a police detective who returns to Sicily for the wedding of a childhood friend and gets caught up in a murder case which sees him waging war against the mafia in a desperate effort to unravel the truth. Rike Schmid co-stars.

“Maltese” is written by Leonardo Fasoli and Maddalena Ravagli, who worked together on hit Italian crime series “Gomorrah,” and directed by Gianluca Maria Tavarelli (“The Young Montalbano”). It is produced by Palomar, RAI and Maze Pictures .

Walter Presents, which is a joint venture between Channel 4 and Global Series Network, was launched in the U.K. in January last year by Iuzzolino, Jason Thorp and Jo McGrath. It launched as an SVOD service in the U.S. in March this year.