Russell T. Davies commented that Casanova was "A dazzling and very funny story about a truly remarkable man, a genuine legend." and this 3 part story fulfills that promise from beginning to end.
I had no expectations when I came recently to watch Casanova, I video-taped it when it was first shown on the BBC, and it has languished on my shelf since then. Then Russell T. Davies brought back Doctor Who and David Tennant joined him. I thought maybe now was the time to see their first collaboration.
It was a riot from the start, full of farcical and bawdy situations, as well as genuine emotional depth, and a heartbreaking ending.
From my reading since then, I understand it only has a loose connection with the real story (in that some of the character names, and situations are the same, but the overall story is not), but really for Casanova as a man has already passed into legend, so that matters not.
Portrayed sympathetically and enthusiastically by David Tennant, who was delight to watch, both for his performance and for his striking appearance in knee-high leather boots. It was easy to see why women would fall for such a charmring and naughty man.
Equally, Rupert Penry Jones was a worthy adversary, with at one point, showing a poignancy that led me to not hate his character merely feel sorry for him. It is an interesting twist that in the real Casanova story, Rupert's character of Grimani is likely to have been Casanova's half-brother.
With some highly charged scenes, I recommend to you this wonderful modern reimagining of the Casanova legend.