A brilliant and absorbing series. Not too far from the book.. [I recommend the book, great holiday reading] A great cast, the start of the show is Susan Fleetwood [Sadly died far too young]. A good plot and there are several twists..but remember...Hell knoweth no fury like a woman scorned...
My love affair with this series began when back in the summer of 1988 I heard a book review on Radio 4 and went out and bought the then very expensive hard back of John Mortimer's novel. I lay on my bedroom floor in the sun one Friday evening and read it over two days. I recall thinking what an excellent TV programme it would make and low and behold the four part series came to light in 1989. Better even than the book, the simple yet engaging and clearly contrived plot is none the less deeply satisfying. It has been on the original VHS recorded from the TV for years to the point where its worn out. John Gielgud is wonderful, simply outstanding. This is one of my favourite programmes of all time, and eventually in 2000, I finally made the pilgrimage Molly Pargeter, played with exceptional dignity by Karen Fleetwood, was so keen to make herself. And it was well worth while. An abosloute must for any Italophile.
Another one from the past which we revisited with pleasure! Lovely performances and of course being John Mortimer full of wit and humour along with the excellent plotline and slightly poignant aspects too. Very enjoyable.
What a gem of a movie, with Gielgud giving a masterclass in acting in his eighties. The Tuscan mystery is set near Sienna, at time of the Palio horse race around its famous square. The English family from grandfather to five year old granddaughter have come to soak up the "Ciantishire" sunshine at the insistence of Molly Pargeter played brilliantly by Susan Fleetwood. Her father has tagged along via way of blackmailing his fussy straight-laced son in law who he catches embracing one of his divorcee clients.The plot is intricate and flexible in its presenting various clues as to the identities and rivalries of the ex brits who have rented them La Filicita villa for the summer.Throw in the sexual tension between the lawyer and his frustrated wife who in her forties is having trouble arousing the passion of her husband, and her quest for answers to an ambiguous though apparent plot to murder and the intrigue is unflagging. Over and above a great storyline scipted by John Mortimer (of Rumpole fame), the setting in and around Sienna and Tuscany ala Ciantishire, is wonderful! It is for all Tuscanophiles a provocation to immediately book an italian holiday.The series is almost four hours in lenghth, but the quality of the production demands a reviewing as the wit and snappy dialogue are a delight to the ear. Highly recommended!
John Mortimer`s book of the same title has always been a favourite of mine, and re-read it every summer: it`like a trip to Tuscany, without going there! The dvd is very faithful to this book, and I remember watching the TV mini-series years ago, thoroughly enjoying it. On re-watching it, it still delighted me: Gielgud is spot on as the old father, as is Leslie Phillips as Fosdyke, and, of course, the star of the dvd, Tuscany, is sublime. Real footage of the ancient horse race, the Palio, adds to the excellance. I`m now re-watching this, as I re-read the book, and I`m in heaven!
A gentle and restful piece of television. A wonderful cast give extremely well judged performances. Undemanding entertainment at its best and a wonderful tonic to cold winter and snow and ice. Summer is a coming in. It is also a very good adaptation of the original novel.