Whilst I love the books, especially the descriptions of Italian food, & wonderful Venetian scenes, these films looked really odd with German being spoken, & very Germanic actors. We just could not get into them, because of this. A shame, really, as the scenery is just as beautiful as from the books, but lots of interesting bits are left out. Not much of interest in the food line, Signorina Elletra is way too young &, even when they tried to get some actors with dark colouring, they still looked Germanic. We shall not be getting any more of this series.