The ruthless Rodrigo Borgia intends to become Pope and will not let anything stand in his way.




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Series cast summary:
Oliver Cotton ...  Cesare Borgia 10 episodes, 1981
Maurice O'Connell Maurice O'Connell ...  Michelotto 10 episodes, 1981
Louis Selwyn ...  Jofre Borgia 10 episodes, 1981
Adolfo Celi ...  Rodrigo Borgia 9 episodes, 1981
Anne-Louise Lambert ...  Lucrezia Borgia 9 episodes, 1981
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ...  Johann Burchard 9 episodes, 1981
Eleanor David ...  Sancia 7 episodes, 1981
Barbara Shelley ...  Vannozza Canale 7 episodes, 1981
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ...  Giuliano della Rovere 6 episodes, 1981
Kevin Lloyd Kevin Lloyd ...  Ramiro 6 episodes, 1981
Clive Merrison ...  Ascanio Sforza 6 episodes, 1981
Martin Potter ...  Paolo Orsini 6 episodes, 1981
Peter Benson ...  Gaspare Pato 5 episodes, 1981
Nicholas Le Prevost ...  Baglioni 5 episodes, 1981


The ruthless Rodrigo Borgia intends to become Pope and will not let anything stand in his way.

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14 October 1981 (UK) See more »

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(10 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In TV Hell (1992), the creator Mark Shivas said he had seen the series as "Dallas (1978): 1492". See more »


Referenced in The Two Ronnies: Episode #9.2 (1981) See more »

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If you don't know the history, don't watch
4 February 2006 | by fidraisle-1See 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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