Season 1 Episode 1

Part 1

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 13, 2005 on BBC Three
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Part 1
Castle Dux, Bohemia, 1798. Casanova is now a penniless librarian in his seventies, and he begins to tell his life story to Edith, a young kitchen maid in the castle he works in. The story returns to Casanova's childhood and humble beginnings as the son of an actor in Venice. As a young man he studies for the priesthood, but is expelled from his seminary, then he meets and falls in love with Henriette... but the Duke of Grimani wants Henriette for himself. While living on his wits and posing as a mystic, he does a good deed for Bragadin and comes into a fortune. Bragadin offers to adopt him and Henriette agrees to marry him. Grimani, enraged, has Casanova arrested and charged with witchcraft, but he escapes from prison.moreless

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