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In 2005, the {{BBC}} made a three-part miniseries about the life of one [[TheCasanova Giacomo Girolamo Casanova]] starring DavidTennant. The series is notable for sticking fairly closely to Casanova's actual memoirs.

The series primarily uses flashbacks to tell the story; Casanova's youth in Venice, France and England is actually being written by the older Casanova. The younger Casanova is played by Creator/DavidTennant in his BreakoutRole, while the older Casanova is played by Creator/PeterOToole.

The series was written by Creator/RussellTDavies, of Series/DoctorWho fame. Davies was so impressed by Tennant's performance that he cast him as [[TheNthDoctor the Tenth Doctor]].

!! This show contains examples of:
* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Henriette, after Casanova's [[spoiler: thrown in jail]].
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: You kind of have to feel sorry for Grimani.
* AsideGlance: Casanova, after being told how things work in England.
* BlatantLies: the woman Casanova rents a room to initially insists her husband is off fighting in a war. When Casanova asks which war, she claims The Punic Wars. When he points out that the Punic Wars ended in 150 BC, she responds [[RefugeInAudacity that he has been gone a long time]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Giac and Leonilda.]] Granted they're half-brother and sister, but still.
* CampGay: The guy who introduces Casanova to Billino the [[spoiler: fake]] castrato, played by Creator/MattLucas.
* TheCasanova: What did you expect?
* ChivalrousPervert: Casanova's closer to this than the trope he named.
* CrazyAwesome: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Casanova about his series of schemes where he pretended to be an "expert" astrologer, lawyer and musician despite having zero qualifications, which all somehow ended up ''working'' regardless.
--> '''Casanova''': I'm starting to scare myself.
* DeadpanSnarker: Edith
* EthicalSlut: Again, Casanova is more of this than the trope he named. This is TruthInTelevision: the real life Casanova had quite FairForItsDay morals (for example, he liked and respected intelligent women.)
* [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Sexual Deviants Have Standards]]: Casanova is thoroughly squicked out by the fact that Giac and Leonilda [[spoiler: don't seem to care they're half-siblings]].
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When Casanova discusses with Rocco his intentions to be an involved and caring father, the audience sees Giac in the middle of suffering all sorts of mishaps which Casanova remains completely oblivious to.
* [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have]]: to prove a point to her, old Casanova seduces Edith with very little effort.
* HandsOffParenting: Casanova seems to leave Giac with Rocco pretty much all the time.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Casanova and Rocco.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Casanova for Bellino. [[spoiler: It turns out he really was a girl all along]]
* JerkAss: Grimani
* LoveWillLeadYouBack: Or at least, Casanova hopes so.
* MrFanservice: Take a wild guess.
* NostalgiaHeaven: The ending.
* OnlySaneMan: Again, poor, long-suffering Rocco.
* ParentalAbandonment: Young Casanova is abandoned by his actress mother.
* ParentalNeglect: Again, Casanova is not a very good father.
* ReallyGetsAround: The titular character. When he lists some of his exploits to a priest during a confessional, said priest ''faints''.
** In perhaps a CallBack to earlier, the Priest may have fainted because Casanova had just informed him about [[NaughtyNuns the nuns]] he had slept with, first independently and then at the ''same'' time.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: One of the big differences between Grimani and Casanova, respectively.
* SadClown: Casanova has shades of this. The elderly Casanova dials it up, particularly with [[MoodWhiplash the speed]] in which he goes from describing his youthful adventures amongst the elite of France... to the brutality of the French Revolution.
--> '''Old Casanova''': Everyone I knew in that city is '''dead'''.
* ServileSnarker: Rocco.
* TakeThatMe: A lot of Casanova's time in England revolves around Casanova and Rocco complaining about how disgusting England is, and how boring the English court is in comparison to the French and Venetian ones.
* TurnOutLikeHisFather: Giac, Casanova's son lampshades this.
* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: Casanova changes jobs as necessary in order to earn money.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Bellino, who pretends to be a castrato]]
** [[spoiler: This is however spoiled by anyone who has seen the DVD cover or even the picture on this very page as it shows the actress that plays 'her' in a dress showing cleavege]]
* YouHaveWaitedLongEnough