Season 1 Episode 2

Part 2

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 20, 2005 on BBC Three
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Part 2
Casanova flees Venice - taking with him Jack, his young illegitimate son by a previous liaison, and Rocco, his servant. Casanova heads for Paris, as he knows that Venetian ambassadors abroad are able to grant pardons.

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      • Casanova: This blessed plot, this sceptred isle, this England. What do you think?
        Rocco: Bloody freezing.
        Casanova: Yeah that's one thing, what else? Jack - anything? Anything, Jack? Then pay attention both of you, English lesson. The currency's different here, they spend guinea's. Scratching in public is forbidden, that's for you Rocco. But not that - look over there, observe.
        Rocco: That's disgusting.
        Casanova: Uh, that's England. They don't piss in doorways like we do, they do it right out in the open.
        Rocco: These English are crazy.
        Casanova: And the food tastes different. I'm told the milk is terrible. Oh! And a lot of the men are homosexual... that might have something to do with the milk... might not.

      • Young Casanova: You're with the wrong man.
        Henriette: I know.
        Young Casanova: You still haven't said... do you love me?
        Henriette: Yes... yes. Completely. But I need him.
        Young Casanova: (on the verge of tears) Then, thank you for tonight.
        Henriette: (nods) Thank you for the dance.

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      • Casanova: This blessed plot, this sceptred isle, this England.

        This is derived from a speech in "Richard III" by William Shakespeare, that opens with "This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle" and closes with "This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England".

      • Rocco: They should have the same coin everywhere, right across Europe.

        Rocco prempts the introduction of European wide currency the Euro, introduced as a physical currency in 2002.

      • Casanova: Douze points!

        During Casanova's stay in France, he describes his conquests as 'French Lesson', and during one session cries 'Douze points' - the top score made famous in the Eurovision Song Contest.

      • Casanova: A room just for the wrapping of presents.

        Casanova boasts this his chateau has a room for wrapping presents, just like Elton John (and he is similarly attired!).

      • Casanova: We could have a lottery - a national lottery, if you will.

        As Casanova creates the first French national lottery, there are many allusions to the current British one. For instance, he crosses his fingers just like the logo of the National Lottery, and he even says "You have to be in it to win it!" - the slogan for the British National Lottery when it was first launched. (n.b., Virginia (USA),, use the exact same logo and slogans!)