Story of the rise and the fall of the Renaissance dynasty.

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Series cast summary:
Mark Ryder ...  Cesare Borgia 38 episodes, 2011-2014
Isolda Dychauk ...  Lucrezia Borgia 38 episodes, 2011-2014
Diarmuid Noyes ...  Alessandro Farnese 37 episodes, 2011-2014
John Doman ...  Rodrigo Borgia 36 episodes, 2011-2014
Marta Gastini ...  Giulia Farnese 36 episodes, 2011-2014
Assumpta Serna ...  Vannozza Catanei 33 episodes, 2011-2014
Art Malik ...  Francesc Gacet 32 episodes, 2011-2014
Victor Schefé ...  Johann Burchard 30 episodes, 2011-2014
Dejan Cukic ...  Giuliano della Rovere 30 episodes, 2011-2014
Paul Brennen ...  Agapito Geraldini 26 episodes, 2011-2014
Scott William Winters ...  Rafaele Riario-Sansoni 25 episodes, 2011-2014
Michael Fitzgerald Michael Fitzgerald ...  Oliviero Carafa 21 episodes, 2011-2014
Andrew Hawley ...  Alfonso d'Este 21 episodes, 2011-2014
Karel Dobrý ...  Giovanni Colonna 19 episodes, 2011-2014
Christian McKay ...  Ascanio Sforza 18 episodes, 2011-2013
Valentina D'Agostino Valentina D'Agostino ...  Angela Borgia Lanzol 18 episodes, 2013-2014
Alejandro Albarracín ...  Alfonso di Calabria 17 episodes, 2013-2014
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It was the age of Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, of enlightened creativity and unparalleled intellectual achievement. But it was also the age of Machievelli, of rampant lawlessness, incessant war, and unspeakable depravity. At the heart of the world order was the Vatican, the arbiter of conflicts between kingdoms and empires. And at the center of the Vatican was a man whose quest for power would propel him to seek the ultimate prize, the holy see of Rome. He was a man whose name would become synonymous with ruthlessness, and whose reign as Pope would be remembered as the most infamous chapter of the history of the Catholic church, Rodrigo Borgia. His four children -Juan, the oldest, a prideful, lazy, unscrupulous sexual predator, Cesare, a young man torn between a faith that was not his calling and his dark violent nature, Lucretia, a young girl discovering the secret power that a women's sexuality holds, and Goffredo, an innocent child who would come of age in a family riven by ... Written by Tom Fontana

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English

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10 July 2011 (Italy) See more »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Nearly all of the principal actors and actresses were using their natural accents (be they American, Russian, Czech, Italian, et cetera) with a few notable exceptions. Mark Ryder (Cesare Borgia) and Diarmuid Noyes (Alessandro Farnese) are Irish but used English accents on the show. Even Stanley Weber (Juan Borgia) moderates his French accent, though he doesn't sound as English as his on-screen brother. This is because the series was intended for dubbing into non-English European languages (French, German, et cetera). See more »

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SPOILER:The recaps identify each episode as taking place during one month only, always following the month in the previous episode, but events in the episodes proper flow way faster than that. For example, the season 1 finale opens with Juan Borgia's death (June 1497) and ends with Perotto and Pantisilea's deaths (February 1498). The recap in the first episode of the second season, set 8 months after that, still claims to take place in 1493. See more »

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Much better than Showtime
18 April 2014 | by hugobolso-1See all my reviews

Jeremy Irons has the talent and the voice, but he is not Alexander VI. He doesn't look like Rodrigo Borja.- Showtime has success in the suntous technical aspects, the Jordan direction, and a great Cesar Borgia by Francois Arnaud.-

This one has a much better script, more historically accurate (even there some huge historical mistakes) and better actors in the supporting roles.-

Specially great are the ladies Vanossa, Julia and Lucrezia

I love all the intrigues between the cardinals, and the roman families.- People complain about the languages. but real life Rodrigo Borgia probably sound exactly like Pope Francis, speaking an intelligible Italian.

Any way all the actors looks much more the historical figures, than in the show time miniseries. And this is another point in favor.

There are good reasons why this TV was renewed and the Irons was canceled.-


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