“The Borgias,” a new salacious drama and original series airing on Bravo! in Canada and on Showtime in the U.S., premieres on April 3rd. It will be completely uncensored.
The show stars a wide range of talent, including David Oakes (“The Pillars of the Earth” and “Trinity”), Luke Pasqualino (“Skins” and “Casualty”), Ronan Vibert (“The Bill” and “Agatha Christie’s Poirot”), and Peter Sullivan (“Spooks” and “The Thick of It”). Montreal’s own Francois Arnaud (“Taxi 0-22” and the TV movie “The Double Life of Eleanor Kendall”) is also part of the cast as well as American Colm Feore (“Flashpoint” and “24”).
“The Borgias” follows the story of an Italian crime family in 1492 and the corrupt rise to power of Rodrigo Borgia (who later became Pope Alexander VI).
“Certainly there was salacious behaviour in the Vatican under the Borgias," said writer/director Neil Jordan in a release, as reported by The Canadian Press. "But what’s most interesting to me is the way in which power wears a religious cloak – and then becomes terrifying in its appetites." Jordan won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for his work on the movie “The Crying Game,” which came out in 1992.
“Bravo! is thrilled to bring Canadian audiences the unedited version of this lavish, sexy and scandalous drama day-and-date with our partners at Showtime,” said Joanna Webb, Senior Vice President, CTV Inc., in an official release. “Combining the compelling storytelling of Neil Jordan with the bravura performance of Jeremy Irons, ‘The Borgias’ promises to surprise and enthrall Bravo!’s viewers.”
“The Borgias” debuts with a special two-hour episode on Bravo! on April 3rd at 10pm and will air on CTV later this spring.