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Post by CFCNick on Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:53 pm

Anybody planning on watching it on Sky Atlantic when it airs in just over a month on July 30th?

I've been thinking about downloading it as the season aired in the US on April 3rd.

If you haven't heard of it the first season lasted nine episodes and a second was ordered on April 25th. It was created by Neil Jordan who directed Interview with the Vampire, it stars Jeremy Irons and one of my most favourite women ever Emmanuelle Chriqui.

A short summary of what we will look forward to.

The series follows the rise of the Borgia family to the pinnacle of the church and their struggles to maintain their grip on power. The beginning of the first season depicts the election of Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy through simony and bribery with the help of his son, Cesare. The triumph of Borgia, who became Pope Alexander VI, in the papal conclave enrages his rivals in the College of Cardinals, some of whom decided to plot against him. With the help of his family, Alexander takes on his enemies while striking alliances with other European powers to strengthen his position.

Meanwhile, Alexander's great rival, Cardinal Della Rovere travels across Italy and France to seek allies to depose the pope. He manages to persuade the King Charles of France to assist him in removing Pope Alexander in exchange for supporting the King's claim to the throne of Naples, an ally of the Borgias through marriage. Season one culminates with Charles and his army, accompanied by Della Rovere, marching to Rome and finally coming to a head with the Borgias.

Basically similar to The Tudors but set in Italy a few hundred years earlier.

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Post by CFCNick on Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:25 pm

Just watched episode one. Brilliiant show!!!

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Post by GG on Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:02 pm

Assassins creed inspired? Whistle Sounds interesting, will have a look when it comes on telly.

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Post by calamity jane on Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:47 pm

It's totally fab. About as historically inaccurate as The Tudors, but who cares? Pure entertainment. Just need them to make a similar series on the Medicis and I'll be happy.

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