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Casanova is a 2005 British television comedy drama serial, written by television scriptwriter Russell T Davies and directed by Sheree Folkson. Produced by Red Production Company for BBC Wales in association with Granada Television, the 3-episode series was first screened on digital television station BBC Three from March 13, with a repeat on mainstream analogue network BBC One commencing April 4.

Synopsis

Telling the story of the life of 18th Century Italianmarker adventurer Giacomo Casanova, based on his own twelve-volume memoirs, the one-hour episodes star Peter O'Toole as the older Casanova looking back on his life, and David Tennant as the younger version. Rose Byrne, Rupert Penry-Jones, Matt Lucas, Shaun Parkes, Nina Sosanya and Laura Fraser are also featured.

Episodes

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Cast



There are also cameo appearances from comedians Matt Lucas, Mark Heap, Simon Day and Matthew Holness.

Production

The series was originally commissioned from Davies by Executive Producer Julie Gardner when she was working at Granada-owned London Weekend Television. However, after Gardner moved on to become Head of Drama at BBC Wales in 2003, she commissioned Davies to write the drama for the BBC instead, as part of the deal that also saw him installed as the chief writer and Executive Producer of Doctor Who (in which Tennant later played the Doctor's tenth incarnation), also being overseen by Gardner and made at BBC Wales. It was Tennant's role as the younger Giacomo that lead to Davies casting him in Doctor Who as the Tenth Doctor.

It was aired in the United States in two parts, October 8 and 15, 2006, with the full unedited British version released on DVD the following week, October 17, 2006. The programme also aired in Australia on the ABCmarker, again edited into two parts.

DVD release

The serial was released on DVD in the UK in June 2005, and in the United States in October 2006.

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