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Summer's Lease 

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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Susan Fleetwood ...  Molly Pargeter 4 episodes, 1989
John Gielgud ...  Haverford Downs 4 episodes, 1989
Michael Pennington ...  Hugh Pargeter 4 episodes, 1989
Rosemary Leach ...  Nancy Leadbetter 4 episodes, 1989
Caroline Waldron Caroline Waldron ...  Henry Pargeter 4 episodes, 1989
Veronica Lazar ...  Baronessa Dulcibene 4 episodes, 1989
Suzanne Hay Suzanne Hay ...  Sam Pargeter 4 episodes, 1989
Samantha Glenn ...  Jack Pargeter 4 episodes, 1989
Siria Betti Siria Betti ...  Giovanna 4 episodes, 1989
Denis Lill Denis Lill ...  Ken Corduroy 3 episodes, 1989
Gabrielle Anwar ...  Chrissie Kettering 3 episodes, 1989
Massimo Sarchielli ...  Don Marco 3 episodes, 1989
Enrico Ninci Enrico Ninci ...  Nancy's Butler 3 episodes, 1989
Mel Martin ...  Rosie Fortinbras 2 episodes, 1989
Frederick Treves ...  Nicholas Tapscott 2 episodes, 1989
Annette Crosbie ...  Connie Tapscott 2 episodes, 1989
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...  Prince Tosti-Castelnuovo 2 episodes, 1989
Graham McGrath ...  Chrissie's Friend 2 episodes, 1989
Guerino Bria Guerino Bria ...  Carlo 2 episodes, 1989
Pupo De Luca Pupo De Luca ...  The Messenger 2 episodes, 1989
Siri Neal Siri Neal ...  Chrissie's Friend 2 episodes, 1989
Andrew Cochrane 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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12 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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Alquiler de verano See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Due to production schedules, several cast members were attendees of the most densely packed (U.K. non-Award), celebrity event "Save the Rose Theatre" campaigns, public PR day, May 1989. See more »

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An Innocent Abroad
2 December 2007 | by robertconnorSee 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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