Episode N°. 1 – The Heirs of Patmos
The fact that MICHEL STIEGBERG has never painted anything that was worthwhile doesn’t keep him from dressing like a dandy. This run down playboy’s workplaces alternate between the French Riviera around Nice and the La-Z-Boy sofa inherited from his mother when she died. His main occupation: walking his old landlady, Madame Bertrand’s dog. Deep down inside, Michel is an aesthete. He is not exactly in love with his fellow men. However, he does adore women, especially very beautiful ones. Next in line come freedom and power. The word “dreams” no longer exists in his vocabulary. The death of a stranger by the name of EDMOND DE HAVILLAND changes his life. Before expiring he implores Michel to make him a promise. From one day to the next, Michel finds himself in Tuscany with a mission: maintain the vow, find the dead man’s heir and consign him his signet ring. Michel encounters a series of unusual characters, from the deceased Edmond’s family, the beautiful ESTHER, to a rogue priest, PADRE FONTANELLA, to the sublimely sexy PRINCESS STEFANIA. Defunct Edmond’s notary, SCARELLI, names Michel head of the family empire 'Icore' that is based on the commerce of contemporary art. Michel willingly accepts his new status, in spite of the bitter protests on behalf of GIOVANNI, Edmond’s son and legitimate heir. The power feels good. He familiarizes with Icore's exec office and the eager, busty blonde secretary PETRA that comes with it. A late night face off between Giovanni and Michel on the De Havilland estate is abruptly interrupted by the kidnapping of ESTHER. Michel is summoned to meet a mysterious, malefic eminence known as THE PRINCE, to whom he will, unfortunately, swear absolute allegiance.
Genres: ThrillerTV series
Producer : William D. WOLF
Directed by : Franco FRANCHINI
Cinematography : Raf CLAES
Editing : Marijan RUBESA
Original Sound Track : Luigi PULCINI