- Casanova (2005 TV serial)
Infobox British television
show_name = Casanova
David Tennantas a young Giacomo Casanova
runtime = 174 mins (3 parts)
Russell T Davies
David Tennant Peter O'Toole
director = Sheree Folkson
March 13 2005
March 27 2005
num_episodes = 3 (List of Episodes)
country = UK
Red Production Company Granada Television BBC Wales
"Casanova" is a
2005 British televisiondrama serial, written by the acclaimed television scriptwriter Russell T Daviesand directed by Sheree Folkson. Produced by Red Production Companyfor BBC Walesin association with Granada Television, the 3-episode series was first screened on digital televisionstation BBC Threefrom March 13, with a repeat on mainstream analogue network BBC Onecommencing April 4.
Telling the story of the life of
18th CenturyItalian adventurer Giacomo Casanova, based on his own twelve-volume memoirs, the one-hour episodes star Peter O'Tooleas the older Casanova looking back on his life, and David Tennantas the younger version. Rose Byrne, Rupert Penry-Jones, Matt Lucas, Shaun Parkes, Nina Sosanyaand Laura Fraserare also featured.
Giacomo Casanova— David Tennant
*Older Giacomo Casanova —
* 5 year-old Giacomo Casanova — John Sandilands
* 11 year-old Giacomo Casanova — Zachary Fox
There are also
cameoappearances from comedians Matt Lucas, Mark Heap, Simon Dayand Matthew Holness.
The series was originally commissioned from Davies by Executive Producer
Julie Gardnerwhen she was working at Granada-owned London Weekend Television. However, after Gardner moved on to become Head of Drama at BBC Walesin 2003, she commissioned Davies to write the drama for the BBC instead, as part of the deal that also saw him installed as the chief writer and Executive Producer of " Doctor Who" (in which Tennant plays the Doctor's tenth incarnation), also being overseen by Gardner and made at BBC Wales. It was Tennant's role as the younger Giacomo that made Davies cast him in Doctor Who and as the Tenth Doctor Tennant uses a similar accent to that of his Casanova.
It was aired in the United States in two parts, October 8 and 15, 2006, with the full unedited British version released on DVD the following week, October 17, 2006. The programme also aired in Australia on the ABC, again edited into two parts.
The serial was released on
DVDin the UK in June 2005.
* [http://www.redproductioncompany.com/pastproductions.asp?menuid=54 "Casanova"] at the
Red Production Companywebsite.
* [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/casanova/index.html "Casanova"] at the "
Masterpiece Theatre" website.
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