Borgia (TV series)

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: Faith and Fear
GenreHistorical fiction Transgressive fiction Action-adventure
Created byTom 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 seasons3
No. of episodes38
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Klaus Zimmermann
  • Fabrice de la Patellièr
  • Ferdinand Dohna
  • Jan Mojto
  • Petr Moravec

Aaron Seliquini (assistant)
Production location(s)
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
CinematographyOusama Rawi (season 1 and 2) James Welland (season 3)
Running time52 minutes
Release
Original network
Original release10 July 2011 (2011-07-10) 
27 October 2014 (2014-10-27)
External links
Website

Borgia debuted in Italy via Sky Italia on 10 July 2011 and in North America via Netflix on 2 October 2011. It was since renewed for a second season, which premiered in France on Canal+ on 18 March 2013,[3] and on Netflix on 1 May 2013. A third and final season premiered in France on Canal+ on 15 September 2014[3] and on Netflix on 1 November 2014.[4] The series finale aired in France on Canal+ on 27 October 2014 as the 38th episode overall.

Production

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

Even though the series is considered a French-German-Czech-Italian production, the whole setup is very international. The series creator, producer, and lead writer Tom Fontana, as well as the other writers including Sean Whitesell (House M.D., Cold Case, Homicide: Life on the Street),[5] Gina Gionfriddo (Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent)[6] and 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 unusual 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). 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

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest starring

Episodes

Season 1 - Borgia: Faith and Fear (2011)

(March 1492 – June 1493)

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Italy (Sky)France (Canal+)Austria (ORF 2)Germany (ZDF)Belgium (La Deux)
111492Oliver HirschbiegelTom Fontana10 July 201110 October 201113 October 201117 October 20116 May 2014
22Ondata di caloreStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Kyle Bradstreet & Brant Englestein
33A Sacred VowStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Frank Pugliese & Brant Englestein
9 September 201117 October 201114 October 201119 October 201113 May 2014
44Wisdom of the Holy SpiritStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Brant Englestein & Frank Pugliese
55The Bonds of MatrimonyDearbhla WalshStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Gina Gionfriddo
16 September 201124 October 201119 October 201120 October 201120 May 2014
66LegitimacyStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Bradford Winters
77ManeuversMetin HüseyinStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Andrea Ciannavei
23 September 201131 October 201121 October 201124 October 201127 May 2014
88Prelude to an ApocalypseStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Thomas Kelly
99The Invasion of RomeChristoph SchreweStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Sean Whitesell
30 September 20117 November 201124 October 201126 October 20113 June 2014
1010MiraclesStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: James Yoshimura
1111God's MonsterMetin HüseyinStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Kevin Deiboldt
7 October 201114 November 201125 October 201127 October 201110 June 2014
1212The Serpent RisesTom Fontana

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

(February 1494 – September 1494)

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Italy (Sky)France (Canal+)Austria (ORF 2)Germany (ZDF)Belgium (La Deux)
131The Time of Sweet DesiresDearbhla WalshTom Fontana13 September 201318 March 201325 September 201330 September 2013...
142Ash WednesdayStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Brant Englestein
153Palm SundayChristoph SchreweStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Bradford Winters
20 September 201325 March 201327 September 20131 October 2013...
164Pax VobiscumStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Andrea Ciannavei
175AscensionMetin HüseyinStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Sean Whitesell
27 September 20131 April 20131 October 20133 October 2013...
186PentecostStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Larry J. Cohen
197The Blessed TrinityThomas VincentStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Brant Englestein
4 October 20138 April 20132 October 20137 October 2013...
208A Morality PlayStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Chris Albers
219TransfigurationMetin HüseyinStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Susanna Styron
11 October 201315 April 20133 October 20139 October 2013...
2210The AssumptionStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Frank Pugliese
2311The Seven SorrowsChristoph SchreweStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Audrey Fouché
18 October 201322 April 20137 October 201313 October 2013...
2412Who Is Like God?Teleplay by: Tom Fontana

Season 3 - Borgia: Triumph and Oblivion (2014)

(1495 – 1507)

No. in
series
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Italy (Sky)France (Canal+)Austria (ORF 2)Germany (ZDF)Belgium (La Deux)
2511495Christoph SchreweStory and Teleplay by:
Tom Fontana & Brant Englestein
3 November 201415 September 2014.........
2621496Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Larry J. Cohen
2731497Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Audrey Fouché
10 November 201422 September 2014.........
2841498Metin HüseyinStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Andrea Ciannavei
2951499Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Susanna Styron
17 November 201429 September 2014.........
3061500Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: William Bromell
3171501Athina Rachel TsangariStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Larry J. Cohen
24 November 20146 October 2014.........
3281502Story by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Frank Pugliese
3391503, Part OneMetin HüseyinStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Chris Albers
1 December 201413 October 2014.........
34101503, Part TwoStory by: Tom Fontana
Teleplay by: Marie Roussin
35111504Story by: Brant Englestein8 December 201420 October 2014.........
36121505Christoph SchreweStory and Teleplay by:
Brant Englestein & Tom Fontana
37131506Story and Teleplay by:
Tom Fontana & Brant Englestein
15 December 201427 October 2014.........
38141507Story and Teleplay by:
Tom Fontana

References

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