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The Borgias 

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In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jeremy Irons ...  Rodrigo Borgia 29 episodes, 2011-2013
François Arnaud ...  Cesare Borgia 29 episodes, 2011-2013
Holliday Grainger ...  Lucrezia Borgia 29 episodes, 2011-2013
Peter Sullivan ...  Cardinal Ascanio Sforza 28 episodes, 2011-2013
Sean Harris ...  Micheletto 27 episodes, 2011-2013
Joanne Whalley ...  Vanozza Cattaneo 25 episodes, 2011-2013
Lotte Verbeek ...  Giulia Farnese 20 episodes, 2011-2013
Colm Feore ...  Giuliano Della Rovere 20 episodes, 2011-2013
Vernon Dobtcheff ...  Cardinal Versucci 18 episodes, 2011-2013
David Oakes ...  Juan Borgia 17 episodes, 2011-2012
Bosco Hogan ...  Cardinal Piccolomini 16 episodes, 2011-2013
Gina McKee ...  Caterina Sforza 13 episodes, 2011-2013
David Alpay ...  Calvino 12 episodes, 2011-2012
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Storyline

The rise to power, and start of a dynasty, of the Borgia family. Rodrigo Borgia ascends within the Catholic Church, becoming Pope Alexander VI. The position brings with it many enemies, internal and state-based, and he has to use all of his abilities of diplomacy, ruthlessness, charm, and the power of the church to stay in power, and alive. Luckily, his children are equally ambitious. Written by grantss

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Sex. Power. Murder. Amen. See more »


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English

Release Date:

3 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Tata, Hungary See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The show was originally going to have four seasons, but when Neil Jordan thought about doing the fourth season, he didn't have the energy or even story to do ten episodes. Instead of that, he proposed Showtime to wrap up everything with a two-hour television movie. He even wrote the screenplay, but the network refused, arguing it was too expensive, and the season three ending worked as a series finale. Jordan eventually published the screenplay as an e-book called "The Borgia Apocalypse". See more »

Goofs

Caterina Sforza's eldest son's name was Ottaviano, not Benito. None of her sons were named Benito; in fact, Benito is not even an Italian name, but Spanish. The most prominent Italian named Benito, Benito Mussolini, was named after Mexican president Benito Juarez. See more »

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Excellent AND Historically Accurate!
14 December 2011 | by wgmundhenkeSee all my reviews

The Borgias is a series for anyone who respects history. Jeremy Irons gives a stellar performance. The writing and dialogue are fantastic.

What is beautiful about this series is the realistic feel of everything in the show. The drama is not overblown where everyone is getting their heads chopped off, the characters are completely period, and the traditions of the papacy are kept realistic. It is not another unrealistic crime drama, it is a historically accurate portrayal of a truly interesting and intriguing time in Roman history.

Excellent, realistic, non-exaggerated series definitely worth your time!


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