Borgia (TV series)

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Borgia
BorgiaFrenchTVPoster.jpg
GenreHistorical fiction Transgressive fiction
Created byTom Fontana
Directed by
Starring
Country of origin
  • France
  • Germany
Language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Klaus Zimmermann
  • Fabrice de la Patellièr
  • Ferdinand Dohna
  • Jan Mojto
  • Petr Moravec
Location(s)Czech Republic
CinematographyOusama Rawi
Running time52 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run10 July 2011 (2011-07-10) – Present
External links
Website
 
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Borgia
BorgiaFrenchTVPoster.jpg
GenreHistorical fiction Transgressive fiction
Created byTom Fontana
Directed by
Starring
Country of origin
  • France
  • Germany
Language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Klaus Zimmermann
  • Fabrice de la Patellièr
  • Ferdinand Dohna
  • Jan Mojto
  • Petr Moravec
Location(s)Czech Republic
CinematographyOusama Rawi
Running time52 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run10 July 2011 (2011-07-10) – Present
External links
Website

Borgia (also known as Borgia: Faith and Fear) is a French-German historical drama television series created by Tom Fontana. The show recounts the Borgia family's rise to power and subsequent domination of the Vatican during the Renaissance.

Borgia debuted in North America via Netflix on 2 October 2011. It has been renewed for a second season, which films in Prague and Italy through November 2012.[1]

Contents

Plot

It was the age of Da Vinci and Michelangelo, of enlightened creativity and unparalleled intellectual achievement. But it was also the age of Machiavelli, 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, a prideful, lazy, unscrupulous sexual predator; Cesare, a young man torn between a faith that was not his calling and his dark violent nature; Lucrezia, a young girl discovering the secret power that a woman's sexuality holds; and Goffredo, an innocent child who would come of age in a family riven by conflict – would provide Rodrigo with a challenge as great as the political maneuvering of his political and religious rivals.

The series chronicles the rise to power of this Spanish Cardinal and his clan, who would seek to establish a dynasty that would hold sway over the entire world. Though a man of faith, Rodrigo was also in thrall to the pleasures of the flesh. Not only did he have to deal with the plotting and conspiracies of his fellow cardinals and the representatives of the great powers, but he was locked in a struggle to contain the bitter sibling rivalries that threatened to tear his family apart. The series shows the lives of the Borgia as a cauldron of intrigue, violence, murder, lust, politics, faith, incest, betrayal, and redemption.

Production

The series is produced by Atlantique Productions, a subsidiary of Lagardère Entertainment, for French premium-pay TV Canal+ in association with EOS Entertainment, and was filmed in the Czech Republic. International distribution is handled by Beta Film GmbH.

Cast

Episodes

Season 1

TitleDirectorOriginal air date
Italy (Sky)France (Canal+)Austria (ORF 2)Germany (ZDF)
11492Oliver Hirschbiegel10 July 201110 October 201113 October 201117 October 2011
2Ondata di calore
3A Sacred Vow9 September 201117 October 201114 October 201119 October 2011
4Wisdom of the Holy Spirit
5The Bonds of MatrimonyDearbhla Walsh16 September 201124 October 201119 October 201120 October 2011
6Legitimacy
7ManeuversMetin Hüseyin23 September 201131 October 201121 October 201124 October 2011
8Prelude to an Apocalypse
9The Invasion of RomeChristoph Schrewe30 September 201124 October 201126 October 2011
10Miracles
11God's MonsterMetin Hüseyin7 October 201125 October 201127 October 2011
12The Serpent Rises

The series premiered in Israel on yes Drama and yes Drama HD on 22 October 2011. Borgia Premiered in North America on Netflix (2 October 2011). The show has been renewed for a second season which begins filming in November 2012 in Prague and Italy.[2]

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