Season 1 Episode 1

Part 1

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 13, 2005 on BBC Three



  • Trivia

    • As the young Casanova flees in the opening scene, Henriette appears to be one of the background figures.

  • Quotes

    • Grimani: How can the Church maintain its authority when the language itself is beyond reason? For example, in the Latin, can anyone explain to me why the word for vagina is masculine and the word for penis feminine ...
      Young Casanova: Well I suppose you could say it's because the slave always takes its name from the master.

    • Older Casanova: Twenty one years old. Dressed in Florentine lace and Chinese silk. Versed in Latin and Greek, French and Spanish and philosophy and science, and theology and music. A head full of facts and britches full of fire. And a heart already in love. In love with that city: The Republic of Venice.

    • Bellino: You would make the finest husband, Giacomo, but you were never meant to be someone's wife.

    • Edith: You could respect my faith, that's all I'm asking.
      Older Casanova: I'd rather challege it to the bone.

    • Older Casanova: I listened, all night and every night and every woman.

    • Young Casanova: If anyone asks who lives here, say a gentleman, and if they ask how much he's paying, saying 25 zuchini, and let them marvel.

    • Edith: Is this all going to be like this?
      Older Casanova: Like what?
      Edith: Pornography.
      Older Casanova: No, pornography is over there, second shelf on the left.

    • Older Casanova: Oh it was worse than that ... I was born the son of an actress.

    • Henriette: If you're going to pretend in this city then you only have to remember one thing; they're all pretending... high born, low born, the people in between, everyone's wishing they were someone else. All you have to do is lie with conviction.

    • Young Casanova: Gentlemen! I'm sure we can sort this out amicably. Look at it this way: if you could do what I could do, then you would do it too. But you can't. I can, and I have. And I'll do it again. So you should be happy for me, just a little tiny bit, don't you think? And you sir, just consider; you love your wife, I love your wife. Aren't we both on the same side?

  • Notes

    • Russel T. Davies, writer of Casanova and executive producer of Doctor Who, first met David Tennant on the set of Casanova. Still, it wasn't Davies who first considered Tennant as the tenth doctor but Julie Gardner, also executive producer of Doctor Who. When she brought up Tennant's name, Davies admitted not to have recognized it but they gave him an audition and he landed the role.

    • Awards

      In 2006, the series was nominated for three Technical BAFTAs: Best Original Television Music for Murray Gold, Best Make Up and Hair Design for Christine Allsopp and Best Editing Fiction Entertainment for Nick Arthurs.

      Also in 2006, it was nominated for Best Miniseries at the Satellite Awards, losing out to To the Ends of the Earth.

      In 2005, it won two Royal Television Society awards: Best Costume Design - Drama for Michele Clapton, and Best Lighting, Photography and Camera - Photography (Drama) for Tat Radcliffe.

    • The three part series was aired in the US as an edited two part show on the 8 and 15 October, 2006. It was later released as unedited DVDs. Australia also aired an edited two-part version.

    • This series is a fictionalised version of Casanova's life, based on his own memoirs, Histoire de ma vie, the writing of which he described as "I can find no pleasanter pastime than to converse with myself about my own affairs and to provide a most worthy subject for laughter to my well-bred audience". It was first published in 1822 in German, 24 years after his death. In 1960, it was first published in full in its original form.

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