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Borgia
BorgiaFrenchTVPoster.jpg
Genre
Created byTom Fontana
Starring
Composers
  • Cyril Morin (s. 1)
  • Eric Neveux (s. 2–3)
Country of origin
  • France
  • Germany
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes38 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Michael Schwarz
  • Petr Moravec
  • Katerina Silna
  • Rick McCallum
  • Brant Englestein
Production locations
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
Cinematography
  • Ousama Rawi (s. 1–2)
  • James Welland (s. 3)
Running time52 minutes
Release
Original network
First shown in
  • Italy (s. 1)
  • France (s. 2–3)
Original release10 July 2011 (2011-07-10) –
27 October 2014 (2014-10-27)

Borgia is a historical drama television series created by Tom Fontana for Canal+, ZDF, ORF, and Sky Italia. 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 on Sky Cinema 1 on 10 July 2011. It was since renewed for a second season, which premiered in France on Canal+ on 18 March 2013.[3] A third and final season premiered in France on Canal+ on 15 September 2014.[3] The series finale aired in France on Canal+ on 27 October 2014 as the 38th episode overall.

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

International production[edit]

Despite being a French-German-Czech-Italian production, the whole setup is very international. The series creator, producer, and lead writer Tom Fontana, as well as other writers including Sean Whitesell, Gina Gionfriddo, and Larry Cohen are all American. Season 2 sees French writer Audrey Fouché join the writing team.[4]

The directors come from several different parts of Europe: Oliver Hirschbiegel and Christoph Schrewe are German, Dearbhla Walsh is Irish, Metin Hüseyin is British and Thomas Vincent is French. 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. The rest of the cast hails from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic, but the Republic of Ireland, Denmark, and Spain and several other countries are also represented.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Guest starring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 - Borgia: Faith and Fear (2011)[edit]

(March 1492 – June 1493)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Italy
(Sky Cinema 1)
France
(Canal+)
Austria
(ORF 2)
Germany
(ZDF)
1 1 1492 Oliver Hirschbiegel Tom Fontana 10 July 2011 10 October 2011 13 October 2011 17 October 2011
In pisa, Cesare whips himself for his sins. In Rome, before college of cardinals Rodrigo asks the pope to name Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of spain as most catholic majesties. Juan brings news of Pedro Luis’s death. Rodrigo takes Lucrezia to live with him. Rodrigo sends Juan to speak with Orsini and Cesare with Colonna. Cesare fails, so Juan is named second duke of Gandia. Juan has sex with Fabrizio colonna's wife. Fabrizio beats Juan and kills his wife. Rodrigo asks the pope to name Cesare as archbishop of Valencia. Juan and Cesare confront Marcantonio colonna. Cesare is named as archbishop of Valencia. During a fight with Marcantonio, Cesare cuts his finger. Rodrigo tell his nephews the pope is ill.
2 2 Ondata di calore Oliver Hirschbiegel Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Kyle Bradstreet & Brant Englestein
10 July 2011 10 October 2011 13 October 2011 17 October 2011
Cesare and Alessandro visit a witch, she predicts he will not die soon but five will before summer. Ottoman prince Djem comes to Rome and gives the lance of longinus to pope. Goffredo asks lucrezia to visit their family, who are sick, she declines. Lorenzo de Medici dies. Juan and Cesare uncover a plot to kill pope and djem. Pope becomes seriously ill. Rodrigo tries to prolong Pope’s life to revert his will. Cesare brings the witch to heal is family. Ottaviano dies so he kills her. Juan takes credit for foiling the assassinations and publicly kills the assassin. Juan discovers Franceschetto Cybo’s conspiracy and the will is reverted. The pope dies and peasants unleash chaos through the city.
3 3 A Sacred Vow Oliver Hirschbiegel Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Frank Pugliese & Brant Englestein
9 September 2011 17 October 2011 14 October 2011 19 October 2011
After the chaos, Rodrigo sends Juan to Spain, Cesare to Pisa and Lucrezia to Subiaco. Giuliano and Rodrigo select the cardinals for the nine requiem masses. Lucrezia gets sick. Cesare visits his lover fiametta, she gives birth to his son. Vannozza visits her daughter. The election begins, Giuliano through Piccolomini reveals through a letter about Rodrigo attending a orgy, In revenge Rodrigo reveals a letter through Sanseverino about Giuliano with french money trying to buy the election both are tied for last place. Cesare sacrifices his son for Rodrigo to be pope.
4 4 Wisdom of the Holy Spirit Oliver Hirschbiegel Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Brant Englestein & Frank Pugliese
9 September 2011 17 October 2011 14 October 2011 19 October 2011
Fiametta beats Cesare for sacrificing their son. Lucrezia becomes possessed. Rodrigo tries to bribe cardinals with properties, all accept except Oliviero Carafa accept. Rafael Riario agrees to vote for Rodrigo. Fearing defeat Carafe asks King Ferrante to stop the election by force. Naples attack Rome but election goes on. After defeat Carafa asks everyone to vote for Ascanio Sforza. Vannozza escapes with Lucrezia to Rome. Ascanio leads the election. Rodrigo threatens Ascanio about revealing his heritage, Ascanio accepts to vote for him in exchange for Lucrezia’s marriage to Giovanni Sforza and him being vice chancellor. Cesare searches for his son but could not find him. Rodrigo wins the election and becomes Pope Alexander VI.
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
Cesare and Alessandro reach Spoleto. Rodrigo is crowned King of papal states and he promises to build a new basilica. Guilia Farnese seduces Rodrigo to appoint Alessandro as cardinal. Alessandro tells Cesare, he is to named a cardinal, Cesare asks him to be his spy in Vatican. Rodrigo tries to reform the church. Lucrezia and Giovanni are married in proxy. Rodrigo names Juan captain general of Papal guard. Cesare due to his guilt tries to commit suicide. Vannozza informs Cesare about a conspiracy to depose the Pope. Rodrigo hosts a banquet for Lucrezia's marriage. Alessandro meets Silvia and tell her why he saved Cesare's son. Rodrigo refuses Lucrezia to be with Giovanni. Cesare decides to visit Rome and tell the Pope about the conspiracy.
6 6 Legitimacy Dearbhla Walsh Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Bradford Winters
16 September 2011 24 October 2011 19 October 2011 20 October 2011
The Treaty of Tordesillas is signed in favor of Spain in exchange for Juan's marriage to Maria Enriquez de Luna. Cesare visits the Vatican to tell about the conspiracy to Rodrigo. A Holy league is formed against the conspirators. Prince Alfonso of Naples asks Cesare to be married to Sancia, the Pope agrees to marry Goffredo to her instead. Vannozza visits Rodrigo regarding Cesare, and to reveal to him that he is his father. Vannozza asks help from Giulia to eliminate Adriana. Giulia is attacked and her face is scarred. Cesare and Alessandro are named cardinals and Giulia arranges Lucrezia to meet with Giovanni. Rodrigo acknowledges Cesare, Juan, Lucrezia and Goffredo as his children. Giulia tells Rodrigo she is pregnant with his child.
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
King Ferrante is dead and who should succeed him king Charles VIII of France or Alfonso of Naples is discussed. Rodrigo decides to verify himself to announce the successor. Giuliano warns that Charles will invade Italy for Naples. Maria Enriquez de Luna comes to Rome. Cesare visits Orvieto and helps Alessandro to better its defences, for the work Rodrigo names Cesare governor of Orvieto which makes Alessandro jealous who confronts Cesare. Rodrigo orders Juan and Guidabaldo to seize and capture Ostia from Giuliano which they do. Lucrezia discovers Giovanni is impotent and engages with Alfonso d'Este. Rodrigo finds from a peasant that Orsino attacked Giulia. Rodrigo orders Juan to capture Orsinis in Bracciano, due to Juan's mistake they lose many men and are defeated. Cesare is not made governor of Orvieto due to Giulia. Juan reveals to Rodrigo his wife is pregnant. Adriana is arrested for helping Orsino. Cesare crowns Alfonso as King of Naples in Pope's place and with Juan attends marriage of Goffredo and Sancia. Juan has sex with Sancia. Miguel de Corella assassinates Orsino Orsini.
8 8 Prelude to an Apocalypse Metin Hüseyin Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Thomas Kelly
23 September 2011 31 October 2011 21 October 2011 24 October 2011
The borgias prepare for battle. Giulia appoints Pantisilea as Lucrezia’s lady-in-waiting to spy for her. Juan's guards desert him. Alfonso d'Este leaves for Ferrara. Lucrezia demands divorce for her, Rodrigo declines. Juan and Cesare recruit the germans for their army, they favour Cesare over Juan. Rodrigo excommunicates Marcantonio. Rodrigo looks for help from Emperor Maximilian and King Ferdinand. Cesare and Alessandro reconcile. Rodrigo sends Cesare to Marcantonio in exchange for Colonna joining him, where Marcantonio rapes him. Lucrezia tries to poison Giovanni but later changes her mind. Giulia is captured by the French army so Rodrigo orders to arrest the Orsini and Colonna and then she is released. Neopolitan army is defeated by the French. Juan's mercenaries desert him.
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
Rome gets ready for the French army. Rodrigo shifts the cardinals, his family and the refugees to Castel Sant'Angelo. Giulia gives birth to Laura. Rodrigo decides to let King Charles free passage through Rome in exchange for Cesare’s release, Marcantonio releases Cesare. The french army invades Rome and Charles reaches Vatican, Cesare escapes them and reaches Castel Sant'Angelo .During the chaos Jean Briconnet rapes Vannozza. Rodrigo sends Cesare to speak with Charles, Charles demands Djem and surrender of the fortress, Cesare convinces him not to depose the Pope. Rodrigo meets with Charles to discuss and both agree each other’s conditions. Cesare kills Jean Briconnet. Juan returns and Cesare confronts him for his cowardice. Rodrigo grants Charles the title “The most Christian King", Charles demands the Pope to crown him in Naples, he refuses so he asks for Cesare, Rodrigo is forced to agree. Juan mocks Cesare and gets beaten by him. Rodrigo learns of Cesare’s suffering. The french army with Cesare leave for Naples. King Ferdinand agrees to go to war with Charles if pope issues a papal bull to make Francisco de Cisneros to be Cardinal, Rodrigo agrees. Rodrigo sends the cardinals to major city states in Italy to form a holy league to defend Italy from Charles.
10 10 Miracles Christoph Schrewe Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: James Yoshimura
30 September 2011 7 November 2011 24 October 2011 26 October 2011
In Velletri, Djem becomes ill and dies, Cesare uses the situation to set fire to the French army’s munitions and escape. Emperor Maximilian sends his army to conquer Venice for himself, Rodrigo uses this to his advantage to make Venice join the Holy league. Maria Enriquez de Luna reveals to Lucrezia about Juan's abuses so she sends Maria to Spain in secret. French captain Yves D'Allegre enquires Rodrigo about Cesare and reveals that he had sex with Giulia, Rodrigo becomes angry and asks her to make it right, and Giulia does by killing Yves. Queen Isabella asks the Pope to rid Rome of Jews, Rodrigo agrees to do it only after the Spanish defeat the French. Juan confronts Lucrezia regarding Maria. Rodrigo with Giulia goes to Orvieto leaving Juan and Lucrezia to meet with Charles, who speak with Charles and make him leave Rome. Rodrigo meets Cesare in Orvieto, from there goes with him to Perugia.In Perugia Rodrigo meets Sister Columba, a miracle worker. Rodrigo asks her about his future, she didn't tell him anything and faints. Juan seduces Rosalina and has sex with her, After knowing the truth, She commits suicide. In Battle of Fornovo the holy league defeat the French and take their treasure. In Naples French surrender to Spanish general Cordova. Lucrezia meets with Alfonso who is struck with French disease, disgusted with Rodrigo and Alfonso, Lucrezia enters a convent.
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
After the French army's defeat, Carafa asks the Pope to invest Federigo d'Aragona as the new King of Naples. Pope suggests Juan as the new king, which many do not agree. Lucrezia witnesses Sister Lucia and her miraculous wounds. General Cordova and Guidabaldo meet the pope, Cordova asks the Pope to rid Rome of Jews as agreed by the Pope. Rodrigo meets Pedro Caldes and asks him to speak to Lucrezia and bring her back to him. Lucrezia dismisses Pedro, Juan confronts Lucrezia and tells her Maria died giving birth to twins, later Pedro wins her over and the two make love, Pedro brings her to Rodrigo. Juan asks Giovanni de Medici’s help in the conversion of Jews in Rome. Cesare discovers that Juan killed Pedro Luis. Pantisiliea comes to Vannozza and tells her the truth that she was spying Lucrezia for Guilia. Juan orders Miguel de Corella to Kill Cesare. Corella does not kill Cesare but wills to serve him instead of Juan, Cesare asks him to reveal how Juan killed Pedro Luis and he does. Rodrigo orders Cordovo, Guidabaldo and Juan to capture the Orsini and Colonna, They capture Marcantonio Colonna but fail to capture Virginio Orsini. Alessandro reveals to Cesare that Silvia is pregnant. Corella assassinates Marcantonio. Cesare learns that his son is alive and Alessandro saved him. The leaders of the city-states of Italy and King Ferdinand approve Federigo as the King of Naples rather than Juan, Rodrigo is forced to agree. Cesare tells Alessandro he knows the truth about his son and beats him up.
12 12 The Serpent Rises Metin Hüseyin Tom Fontana 7 October 2011 14 November 2011 25 October 2011 27 October 2011
Near the Colosseo, Rodrigo discovers a relic from ancient Rome, The Statue of Laocoön and His Sons. Goffredo and Sancia visit Rome, Rodrigo announces Sancia is pregnant and he also longs to see his grandchildren in Spain. Rodrigo appoints Carafa as Dean of the sacred college and renews Rafael Riario's tenure as Camerlengo of Holy Roman church. General Cordova and Guidabaldo bring the captured Virginio Orsini before Pope, Rodrigo appoints Juan to decide his punishment. Vannozza reveals to Lucrezia about Pantisiliea spying on her for Giulia. Juan confronts Corella asking why has he not yet killed Cesare. At dinner, fight between Cesare and Juan escalates which leads to both of them fighting in the streets. The next day Cesare wakes up with Pantisiliea not knowing what happened the day before as he was drunk. General Cordova is presented with the Golden Rose of Rome for his services. Juan’s horse comes to Vatican without him with its stirrups cut. Cesare finds Juan's body in Tiber river with multiple stab wounds and his money intact, leading him to believe he was murdered not for his money, he quickly informs Rodrigo, who struck with grief locks himself in his room refusing to come out. Cesare and Rafael Riario begin an investigation to find Juan's killer. They first investigate Ascanio Sforza who admits he set up a meeting with Rosalina’s father, fiancé and Juan but denies killing him. Next they speak with Giambattista Orsini who tells them Juan asked bribe for releasing Virginio, Virginio refuses to apologize to Juan, but he also says he did not kill juan. Giovanni and Fabrizio Colonna also admits not killing Juan. The investigation comes to a standstill. Cesare brings Rodrigo out of his room. Rodrigo returns a changed man, he decides to send Cesare to Valencia, and Lucrezia to spain to look after Juan's children, both refuse. He sends Giulia away and allows Giuliano back in to the college of cardinals. Cesare goes to Lucrezia, she reveals to him after their fight Juan visited her and told her that he had Pedro Luis and Maria killed, In anger Lucrezia stabs him repeatedly and Pedro Caldes slits his throat, Lucrezia and Cesare try to make love but after he finds Pedro Caldes in the room, Cesare chases him followed by Lucrezia. In front of the college of cardinals Cesare kills Pedro Caldes with the Lance of Longinus. Many rumours circulate around Rome about why Cesare killed Pedro. Pantisiliea’s body is found in Tiber with whip Marks. Rodrigo damages the statue of Laocoön and His Sons in regret and asks forgiveness before god for his sins.

Season 2 - Borgia: Rules of Love, Rules of War (2013)[edit]

(February 1494 – September 1494)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Italy
(Sky Cinema 1)
France
(Canal+)
Austria
(ORF 2)
Germany
(ZDF)
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 - Borgia: Triumph and Oblivion (2014)[edit]

(1495 – 1507)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
Italy
(Sky Atlantic)
France
(Canal+)
Austria
(ORF 2)
Germany
(ZDF)
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

The third season premiered on Netflix on 1 November 2014.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2015-04-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b Seriál BORGIA dnes večer na Barrandově - Natáčel se v Praze i s českými herci
  3. ^ a b Borgia - Une création originale Canal+
  4. ^ La saison 2 de Borgia en mars sur Canal+
  5. ^ Ellie Darcey-Alden Appearing on Borgia and Ferrante d’Este Archived 2013-10-04 at the Wayback Machine WordPress.com. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  6. ^ A&J Management Twitter Status: 'can now announce that lovely @Elliedalden has been confirmed as Felice Dellarovere' Twitter. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  7. ^ "New Titles on Netflix US (Nov. 1)". Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2015-04-25.

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