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Series: Casanova

In 2005, the BBC made a three-part miniseries about the life of one Giacomo Girolamo Casanova starring David Tennant. 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 David Tennant in his Breakout Role, while the older Casanova is played by Peter O'Toole.

The series was written by Russell T Davies, of Doctor Who fame. Davies was so impressed by Tennant's performance that he cast him as the Tenth Doctor.

This show contains examples of:

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: Henriette, after Casanova's thrown in jail.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: You kind of have to feel sorry for Grimani.
  • Aside Glance: Casanova, after being told how things work in England.
  • Blatant Lies: 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 that he has been gone a long time
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Giac and Leonilda. Granted they're half-brother and sister, but still.
  • Camp Gay: The guy who introduces Casanova to Billino the fake castrato, played by Matt Lucas.
  • The Casanova: What did you expect?
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Casanova's closer to this than the trope he named.
  • Crazy Awesome: 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Edith
  • Ethical Slut: Again, Casanova is more of this than the trope he named. This is Truth in Television: the real life Casanova had quite Fair for Its Day morals (for example, he liked and respected intelligent women.)
  • Even Sexual Deviants Have Standards: Casanova is thoroughly squicked out by the fact that Giac and Leonilda don't seem to care they're half-siblings.
  • Funny Background Event: 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.
  • Grandpa, What Massive Hotness You Have: to prove a point to her, old Casanova seduces Edith with very little effort.
  • Hands-Off Parenting: Casanova seems to leave Giac with Rocco pretty much all the time.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Casanova and Rocco.
  • If Its You Its OK: Casanova for Bellino. It turns out he really was a girl all along
  • Jerk Ass: Grimani
  • Love Will Lead You Back: Or at least, Casanova hopes so.
  • Nostalgia Heaven: The ending.
  • Only Sane Man: Again, poor, long-suffering Rocco.
  • Parental Abandonment: Young Casanova is abandoned by his actress mother.
  • Parental Neglect: Again, Casanova is not a very good father.
  • Really Gets Around: The titular character. When he lists some of his exploits to a priest during a confessional, said priest faints.
    • In perhaps a Call Back to earlier, the Priest may have fainted because Casanova had just informed him about the nuns he had slept with, first independently and then at the same time.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: One of the big differences between Grimani and Casanova, respectively.
  • Sad Clown: Casanova has shades of this. The elderly Casanova dials it up, particularly with 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.
  • Servile Snarker: Rocco.
  • Take That Me: 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.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Giac, Casanova's son lampshades this.
  • What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Casanova changes jobs as necessary in order to earn money.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Bellino, who pretends to be a castrato
    • 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
  • You Have Waited Long Enough
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