The Borgias (1981)

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Historical story of the ruthless Rodrigo Borgia a man who intends to become Pope and who will not let anything stand in his way.

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 Cesare Borgia (10 episodes, 1981)
Maurice O'Connell ...
 Michelotto (10 episodes, 1981)
Louis Selwyn ...
 Jofre Borgia (10 episodes, 1981)
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 Rodrigo Borgia (9 episodes, 1981)
Anne-Louise Lambert ...
 Lucrezia Borgia (9 episodes, 1981)
Ralph Nossek ...
 Johann Burchard (9 episodes, 1981)
Eleanor David ...
 Sancia (7 episodes, 1981)
Barbara Shelley ...
 Vannozza Canale (7 episodes, 1981)
Alfred Burke ...
 Giuliano della Rovere (6 episodes, 1981)
Kevin Lloyd ...
 Ramiro (6 episodes, 1981)
Clive Merrison ...
 Ascanio Sforza (6 episodes, 1981)
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 Paolo Orsini (6 episodes, 1981)
Peter Benson ...
 Gaspare Pato (5 episodes, 1981)
Nicholas Le Prevost ...
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Historical story of the ruthless Rodrigo Borgia a man who intends to become Pope and who will not let anything stand in his way.

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If you don't know the history, don't watch
4 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've seen any number of critiques on this series...all of them negative. I'm sorry I can't agree. Having studied this period of history, I'm afraid you will have to accept the fact that the BBC left out some of the most shocking aspects, and indeed this is what life was like in the Italian Renaissance. It is difficult, if not impossible, for modern morals to be fitted to history. "The past is a different country", never could it be truer in this sense. There isn't space enough, here, to fully explain the complexities of 15th/16th century politics and morality. "The Borgias" did indeed reflect reality, except, as I have said, this is a bit sanitised and not as opulent as it should have been. The costuming is very good (again, if you have studied the period there are minute errors, but they are very minor), and the portrayals of the characters are excellent. Once again, I say, please study the history first, then view the series.


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