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Series cast summary:
 Molly Pargeter (4 episodes, 1989)
 Haverford Downs (4 episodes, 1989)
 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)
Samantha Glenn ...
 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)
 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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Drama | Mystery






Release Date:

12 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alquiler de verano  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Due production schedules, several cast members were attendees of the most densely packed (UK non-Award), celebrity event 'Save the Rose Theatre' campaigns, public PR day, May 1989. [See artist entries] See more »

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one of the best BBC mini-series
10 May 1999 | by (bay area, california) – See all my reviews

My only wish here is that more people would get to see this wonderful BBC mini-series set in the hillsides of tuscany. Unfortunately, it has not been released for distribution and there is some doubt whether a tape will ever be made available. An English housewife leases a country home in Italy for the summer. The family experiences the beauty of northern Italy and Molly (the mother) also becomes involved in a mystery to unravel. The countryside, including old church frescoes by Giotto takes center stage much of the time, but Sir John Gielgud's character blazes up the screen as the protagonist's eccentric (and randy) father-in-law. His hijinks with an old flame who has happened to settle into the region provide some of the best barrel laughs I can recall from any film. There is also the story of a dull marriage going through a renewal of sorts, as the husband starts to see more deeply into his wife's nature. All the characters are colorful and exquisitely drawn. If it should come up for a pbs replay, don't miss it!

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