From the DVD box: The minute she sets eyes on it, Molly Pargeter knows that the Tuscan Villa she has found to lease is perfect for her family's summer holiday. She is powerfully drawn to ... See full summary »
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 Molly Pargeter (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Haverford Downs (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Hugh Pargeter (4 episodes, 1989)
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 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)
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 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)
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 Connie Tapscott (2 episodes, 1989)
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 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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From the DVD box: The minute she sets eyes on it, Molly Pargeter knows that the Tuscan Villa she has found to lease is perfect for her family's summer holiday. She is powerfully drawn to its rustic beauty and to the enigma of its absentee landlord. Never mind that her husband and teenage daughter are vocally unenthusiastic and that her outrageously extroverted father tricks them into taking him along. As the family goes sightseeing and gathers for candlelit dinners on the terrace, Molly becomes increasingly obsessed with unravelling the secrets of the villa's owner and of the British expatriates and locals they encounter. Her father lends a hand with the sleuthing while remaining on the prowl, zeroing in on a certain rich widow with whom he shares a romantic past.

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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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Excellent on several levels.
26 April 2001 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

John Mortimer has a slightly wicked sense of humour, well demonstrated in this superbly written and acted work. Not likely to be enjoyed by the non-literate or younger adult, but a treasure for the middle-aged parent. Humor, conflict, sex and mystery are all here in pleasing proportion.

Gielgud plays a randy, pseudo-socialist grandfather. His character and lines allow him to steal the show. Susan Fleetwood as mother and grandaughter gives a standout performance as well, overshadowed only by Gielgud's wonderful material and skills.

Great television is alive and doing well in Britain. It is sad that so few people have had a chance to see this work. It appears to be unavailable for purchase. Those fortunate enough to have made a copy when it ran on PBS, please share it with your friends.


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