'Who's' on first at the RomaFictionFest

Small-screen festival also screens 'The Tudors'

ROME -- The contemporary update of classic U.K. sci-fi series "Doctor Who" and the Italian premiere of Season 2 of "The Tudors" helped kick off the second RomaFictionFest on Monday.

The festival, which runs through Saturday, focuses on fiction made for the small screen.

"Doctor Who," filmed in part at Rome's historic Cinecitta Studios, stars David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the leading roles. It appeared in the Noon @ Night sidebar, meaning it began screening just past midnight on Monday morning.

"The Tudors," meanwhile, played in the Premiere sidebar.

Among the day's other highlights was the work-in-progress screening of "Puccini" -- based on the life of the Italian composer. Actors Alessio Boni, Andrea Giordana and Franco Castellano were on hand for the screening.

On the agenda for Tuesday is an appearance by Oscar winner Helen Mirren, who will receive a lifetime achievement award from the festival.