Borgia (TV series)

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For the Showtime television series, see The Borgias (2011 TV series). For the BBC Two television series, see The Borgias (1981 TV series).
Borgia: Faith and Fear
Genre Historical fiction Transgressive fiction
Created by Tom Fontana
Directed by
Country of origin
  • France
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24
Executive producer(s)
  • Klaus Zimmermann
  • Fabrice de la Patellièr
  • Ferdinand Dohna
  • Jan Mojto
  • Petr Moravec
Location(s) Czech Republic,Italy
Cinematography Ousama Rawi
Running time 52 minutes
Original channel
Original run 10 July 2011 (2011-07-10) – Present
External links

Borgia (also known as Borgia: Faith and Fear) is a French-German-Czech historical drama television series created by Tom Fontana. The show recounts the Borgia family's rise to power and subsequent domination of the Papal States during the Renaissance.[1][2]

Borgia debuted in Italy via Sky Italia on 10 July 2011, and in North America via Netflix on 2 October 2011. It was since renewed for a second season, which premiered on Canal+ on March 18, 2013 and Netflix on May 1, 2013.[3] Season 3 is currently in post-production (filming from May 27, 2013 to January 27 2014), and will be the end of the series. The estimated release date for season 3 is around September/October, it will be first aired in France and then Netflix.


It was the age of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli; an age of enlightened creativity and prolific intellectual achievement. But it was also the age 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. The series depicts medieval forms of execution, including the wheel and the saw.


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. Czech production was held by company Etic films.[4] International distribution is handled by Beta Film GmbH.

International production[edit]

Even though the series is considered as a French-German-Czech production, the whole setup is very international. The series creator, producer and lead writer Tom Fontana, as well as all the writers including Sean Whitesell (House M.D., Cold Case, Homicide: Life on the Street),[5] Gina Gionfriddo (Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent)[6] Larry Cohen (HBO's In Treatment, The Philanthropist) among several others are all American. Season 2 sees French writer Audrey Fouché join the writing team.[7]

The directors come from several different parts of Europe, Oliver Hirschbiegel (Diana, The Invasion starring Daniel Craig)[8] and Christoph Schrewe[9] are Germans, Dearbhla Walsh is Irish and best known for her work in UK (The Tudors, Shameless, BBC's Little Dorrit),[10] Metin Hüseyin is British (Inspector Lewis, Shameless, Merlin)[11] and Thomas Vincent[12] is French. The series follows a rather unique format in that each director is in charge of directing at least two consecutive episodes before handing the series over to a new director.

The main character, Rodrigo Borgia, is portrayed by American actor John Doman[13] (The Wire, Damages) The rest of the cast hails from United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Czech Republic, but countries like Republic of Ireland, Denmark, and Spain and several others are also represented.




Guest starring[edit]


Season 1[edit]

Title Director Original air date
Italy (Sky) France (Canal+) Austria (ORF 2) Germany (ZDF) Belgium (La Deux)
1 1492 Oliver Hirschbiegel 10 July 2011 10 October 2011 13 October 2011 17 October 2011 6 May 2014
2 Ondata di calore
3 A Sacred Vow 9 September 2011 17 October 2011 14 October 2011 19 October 2011 13 May 2014
4 Wisdom of the Holy Spirit
5 The Bonds of Matrimony Dearbhla Walsh 16 September 2011 24 October 2011 19 October 2011 20 October 2011 20 May 2014
6 Legitimacy
7 Maneuvers Metin Hüseyin 23 September 2011 31 October 2011 21 October 2011 24 October 2011 27 May 2014
8 Prelude to an Apocalypse
9 The Invasion of Rome Christoph Schrewe 30 September 2011 7 November 2011 24 October 2011 26 October 2011 3 June 2014
10 Miracles
11 God's Monster Metin Hüseyin 7 October 2011 14 November 2011 25 October 2011 27 October 2011 10 June 2014
12 The Serpent Rises

Season 2[edit]

Title Director
1 The Time of Sweet Desires Dearbhla Walsh
2 Ash Wednesday
3 Palm Sunday Christoph Schrewe
4 Pax Vobiscum
5 Ascension Metin Hüseyin
6 Pentecost
7 The Blessed Trinity Thomas Vincent
8 A Morality Play
9 Transfiguration Metin Hüseyin
10 The Assumption
11 The Seven Sorrows Christoph Schrewe
12 Who Is Like God?


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