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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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Mono

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Color

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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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A Very British Mystery - in Tuscany
16 October 2003 | by fowler-11See all my reviews

"Summer's Lease" was the first John Mortimer book that I ever read and it transported me to Tuscany then- and it does so every time that I've read it since. The film version manages to capture much of the magic of the book in a story about a slightly dysfunctional family vacationing in a somehow sinister, rental villa in Tuscany. While the family dynamics appear to be the main purpose of the plot, this is in fact, a mystery as wife Molly searches for details about the mysterious owner of the rented villa; asking questions of the quirky residents of the local `ex-pat' community and following the `della Francesca' trail in search of the art works of Peiro della Francesca, and ultimately `The Flagellation", `undoubtedly the greatest small painting in the world.' The scenery of Tuscany is enhanced by the background music (by a group called Chameleon) in a way the mere pictures could never do - an acceptable compromise for the book's descriptive prose. There are lots of laughs from the antics of the various characters, especially those of Molly's randy father, played to perfection by John Gielgud, but the underlying sense of intrigue is never lost. A very enjoyable mini series that, sadly, is not available on VHS or DVD. Well worth watching it ever appears again.


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