A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful.... See full summary »
Capitalising on the notoriety of the B.B.C.-2 series 'Casanova' (
written by Dennis Potter, and starring Frank Finlay ), 'Casanova 73'
cast Leslie Phillips as 'Henry Newhouse', a suave lounge lizard, not
far removed from the character he played in the 'Doctor' films.
The level of humour was epitomised by the title sequence; it showed
Henry at the wheel of an open-topped sports car, eyeing up various
mini-skirted lovelies, in particular a sexy garage attendant who
suggestively inserts her pump into his fuel tank.
Henry seemed to charm the clothes off every gorgeous chick he met, such
as Cyd Hayman or Maureen Lipman, but this being a sitcom, things would
not go as smoothly as planned.
In one episode, Henry went mad trying to find a tape recorder hidden in
the flat where he and his latest conquest had just had sex. In another,
he panicked after a frumpy friend of his wife's ( Josephine Tewson )
spotted him dining out with his newest amour. In yet another, he
travelled to his son's private school to investigate a complaint
brought by a sexy maths teacher. Newhouse Junior had taken pictures of
said teacher skinny dipping in some woods. Henry tried to smooth things
over by wining and dining the woman, but they got drunk and wound up in
bed. The evidence of Henry's guilt was visible when he removed his
shirt in his wife's presence - in the heat of passion, the teacher had
scrawled sums all over his back.
The show was pure farce, with innuendos flying around like confetti at
a wedding. Why his wife Carol ( who knew of his adultery ) didn't
divorce him was a real mystery.
Galton and Simpson intended it as a humorous comment on the so-called
'permissive society', but the Mary Whitehouses of this world didn't
appreciate the joke, branding it 'lewd' and 'smutty'. The B.B.C.
agreed, and shifted it to a post-watershed slot, where it was quietly
One unmade script, in which Henry took Carol to a wife swapping party,
was later used in the 1977 Yorkshire T.V. series 'The Galton & Simpson
Playhouse'. Richard Briers played Henry on that occasion.
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