Summer's Lease (1989)

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
 Molly Pargeter (4 episodes, 1989)
 Haverford Downs (4 episodes, 1989)
Michael Pennington ...
 Hugh Pargeter (4 episodes, 1989)
Rosemary Leach ...
 Nancy Leadbetter (4 episodes, 1989)
Caroline Waldron ...
 Henry Pargeter (4 episodes, 1989)
Veronica Lazar ...
 Baronessa Dulcibene (4 episodes, 1989)
Suzanne Hay ...
 Sam Pargeter (4 episodes, 1989)
 Jack Pargeter (4 episodes, 1989)
Siria Betti ...
 Giovanna (4 episodes, 1989)
Denis Lill ...
 Ken Corduroy (3 episodes, 1989)
 Chrissie Kettering (3 episodes, 1989)
Massimo Sarchielli ...
 Don Marco (3 episodes, 1989)
Enrico Ninci ...
 Nancy's Butler (3 episodes, 1989)
Mel Martin ...
 Rosie Fortinbras (2 episodes, 1989)
Frederick Treves ...
 Nicholas Tapscott (2 episodes, 1989)
 Connie Tapscott (2 episodes, 1989)
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
 Prince Tosti-Castelnuovo (2 episodes, 1989)
Graham McGrath ...
 Chrissie's Friend (2 episodes, 1989)
Guerino Bria ...
 Carlo (2 episodes, 1989)
Pupo De Luca ...
 The Messenger (2 episodes, 1989)
Siri Neal ...
 Chrissie's Friend (2 episodes, 1989)
Andrew Cochrane ...
 Chrissie's Friend (2 episodes, 1989)


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12 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alquiler de verano  »

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An Innocent Abroad
2 December 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

When Molly Pargeter rents a villa in the Italian Tuscan hills, what should be a carefree holiday isn't quite as expected. Her raffish father finagles his way along for the ride, her priggish husband is sending secret postcards to his mistress, and when Molly finds a cryptic note hidden in the villa, she begins to question the whereabouts and well-being of the villa's owners. Nothing is quite what it seems amongst the locals and ex-pat's... and then a body is found.

Wonderful adaptation of John Mortimer's novel, full of brilliantly captured performances by a host of British and Italian character actors (Treves and Leach are outstanding) and a star turn by an apparently ailing Gielgud, all mischievous twinkle and cunning. Against this backdrop, Fleetwood cleverly underplays throughout as Molly, a delightful study in self-effacement and quiet tenacity that will eventually lead to catharsis.

Although perhaps not for some, the leisurely pacing really adds to the overall atmosphere. A minor British TV classic!

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