Summer's Lease

Summer's Lease (1989)

  • Genre: Drama
  • First Air Date: 1989-11-01
  • Last Air Date: 1989-11-22
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 4
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 55 min.
  • Production Company: BBC
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Networks: BBC One, PBS
  • Director: Martyn Friend
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Molly Pargeter is a forty-something wife and mother of three girls, who leads a stable but dull life in 1980s West London. She feels overweight and there is no passion in her relationship with her husband Hugh, who is secretly seeing another woman. For most of her life she has found escape in detective novels and books on art, especially about the fifteenth century Italian fresco painter Piero Della Francesca. Then in a newspaper's small ads Molly sees the details of a villa in Tuscany, Italy to let and after travelling to Italy to view the villa "La Felicita" she decides to take it for the family's August holiday.

  • Keywords: based on novel or book, miniseries, 1980s
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    Summer's Lease Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1989-11-01
    4 Episodes

    Summer's Lease Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Villa to Let60 min
    Season 1Episode 2Where the Water Goes60 min
    Season 1Episode 3A Battlefield60 min
    Season 1Episode 4The Urbino Trail60 min
    • Susan Fleetwood

      as Molly Pargeter
    • John Gielgud

      as Haverford Downs
    • Michael Pennington

      as Hugh Pargeter
    • Rosemary Leach

      as Nancy Leadbetter
    • Caroline Waldron

      as Henry Pargeter
    • Veronica Lazăr

      as Baronessa Dulcibene
    • Suzanne Hay

      as Sam Pargeter
    • Samantha Glenn

      as Jack Pargeter
    • Siria Betti

      as Giovanna
    Directing Martyn Friend Director
    Writing John Mortimer Novel
    Writing John Mortimer Screenplay
    Production Colin Rogers Producer
    Sound Nigel Hess Original Music Composer
    Camera Remi Adefarasin Director of Photography
    Editing Tariq Anwar Editor
    Art Tim Harvey Production Design
    Sound Aad Wirtz Sound Re-Recording Mixer
    Sound Justin Amsden Sound Editor
    Directing Diana Brookes Script Supervisor