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
BorgiaFrenchTVPoster.jpg
Genre Historical fiction Transgressive fiction
Created by Tom Fontana
Directed by
Starring
Composer(s) Cyril Morin (season 1)
Eric Neveux (seasons 2–3)
Country of origin
  • France
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 38
Production
Executive producer(s)
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
Broadcast
Original channel
Original run 10 July 2011 (2011-07-10) – 27 October 2014 (2014-10-27)
External links
Website

Borgia (also known as Borgia: Faith and Fear) is a French-German-Czech-Italian 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 July 10, 2011, and in North America via Netflix on October 2, 2011. It was since renewed for a second season, which premiered in France on Canal+ on March 18, 2013,[3] and on Netflix on May 1, 2013. A third and last season premiered in France on Canal+ on September 15, 2014,[3] and on Netflix on November 1, 2014.[4] The series finale aired in France on Canal+ on October 27, 2014 as the 38th episode overall.

Plot[edit]

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.

Production[edit]

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 and in Italy. Czech production was held by company Etic films.[2] International distribution is handled by Beta Film GmbH. Season 3 has been filmed from May 27, 2013 to January 27, 2014.

International production[edit]

Even though the series is considered as a French-German-Czech-Italian 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest starring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2011)[edit]

(March, 1492 – June, 1493)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Italy (Sky) France (Canal+) Austria (ORF 2) Germany (ZDF) Belgium (La Deux)
1 1 1492 Oliver Hirschbiegel Tom Fontana 10 July 2011 10 October 2011 13 October 2011 17 October 2011 6 May 2014
2 2 Ondata di calore Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Kyle Bradstreet & Brant Englestein
3 3 A Sacred Vow Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Frank Pugliese & Brant Englestein
9 September 2011 17 October 2011 14 October 2011 19 October 2011 13 May 2014
4 4 Wisdom of the Holy Spirit Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Brant Englestein & Frank Pugliese
5 5 The Bonds of Matrimony Dearbhla Walsh Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Gina Gionfriddo
16 September 2011 24 October 2011 19 October 2011 20 October 2011 20 May 2014
6 6 Legitimacy Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Bradford Winters
7 7 Maneuvers Metin Hüseyin Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Andrea Ciannavei
23 September 2011 31 October 2011 21 October 2011 24 October 2011 27 May 2014
8 8 Prelude to an Apocalypse Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Thomas Kelly
9 9 The Invasion of Rome Christoph Schrewe Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Sean Whitesell
30 September 2011 7 November 2011 24 October 2011 26 October 2011 3 June 2014
10 10 Miracles Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: James Yoshimura
11 11 God's Monster Metin Hüseyin Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Kevin Deiboldt
7 October 2011 14 November 2011 25 October 2011 27 October 2011 10 June 2014
12 12 The Serpent Rises Tom Fontana

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

(February, 1494 – September, 1494)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Italy (Sky) France (Canal+) Austria (ORF 2) Germany (ZDF) Belgium (La Deux)
13 1 The Time of Sweet Desires Dearbhla Walsh Tom Fontana 13 September 2013 18 March 2013 25 September 2013 30 September 2013 ...
14 2 Ash Wednesday Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Brant Englestein
15 3 Palm Sunday Christoph Schrewe Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Bradford Winters
20 September 2013 25 March 2013 27 September 2013 1 October 2013 ...
16 4 Pax Vobiscum Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Andrea Ciannavei
17 5 Ascension Metin Hüseyin Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Sean Whitesell
27 September 2013 1 April 2013 1 October 2013 3 October 2013 ...
18 6 Pentecost Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Larry J. Cohen
19 7 The Blessed Trinity Thomas Vincent Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Brant Englestein
4 October 2013 8 April 2013 2 October 2013 7 October 2013 ...
20 8 A Morality Play Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Chris Albers
21 9 Transfiguration Metin Hüseyin Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Susanna Styron
11 October 2013 15 April 2013 3 October 2013 9 October 2013 ...
22 10 The Assumption Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Frank Pugliese
23 11 The Seven Sorrows Christoph Schrewe Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Audrey Fouché
18 October 2013 22 April 2013 7 October 2013 13 October 2013 ...
24 12 Who Is Like God? Teleplay by: Tom Fontana

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

(1495 – 1507)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Italy (Sky) France (Canal+) Austria (ORF 2) Germany (ZDF) Belgium (La Deux)
25 1 1495 Christoph Schrewe Story and Teleplay by:
Tom Fontana & Brant Englestein
3 November 2014 15 September 2014 ... ... ...
26 2 1496 Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Larry J. Cohen
27 3 1497 Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Audrey Fouché
10 November 2014 22 September 2014 ... ... ...
28 4 1498 Metin Hüseyin Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Andrea Ciannavei
29 5 1499 Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Susanna Styron
17 November 2014 29 September 2014 ... ... ...
30 6 1500 Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: William Bromell
31 7 1501 Athina Rachel Tsangari Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Larry J. Cohen
24 November 2014 6 October 2014 ... ... ...
32 8 1502 Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Frank Pugliese
33 9 1503, Part One Metin Hüseyin Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Chris Albers
1 December 2014 13 October 2014 ... ... ...
34 10 1503, Part Two Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Marie Roussin
35 11 1504 Story by: Brant Englestein 8 December 2014 20 October 2014 ... ... ...
36 12 1505 Christoph Schrewe Story and Teleplay by:
Brant Englestein & Tom Fontana
37 13 1506 Story and Teleplay by:
Tom Fontana & Brant Englestein
15 December 2014 27 October 2014 ... ... ...
38 14 1507 Story and Teleplay by:
Tom Fontana

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