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The Borgias

Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 1)
TV Episode | Drama, History

On the death of Pope Innocent VIII in 1492, the 60-year-old Borgia wants the papal tiara at all costs (literally). He succeeds in buying the largest number of votes; Sforza, the Milanese candidate, being bribed with four mule-loads of ...See moreOn the death of Pope Innocent VIII in 1492, the 60-year-old Borgia wants the papal tiara at all costs (literally). He succeeds in buying the largest number of votes; Sforza, the Milanese candidate, being bribed with four mule-loads of silver. He takes the name Alexander VI and continues his love affair with Giulia Farnese, bringing his four adult bastard children under his protection and provision. Borgia must control rebels within the college of cardinals, as well as being faced with an invasion by Charles of France. Written by jeaneva See less
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Howard Dell (video tape)
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Updated Oct 14, 1981

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Oct 14, 1981 (United Kingdom)
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28 cast members
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Adolfo Celi
Rodrigo Borgia Rodrigo Borgia   See fewer
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Oliver Cotton
Cesare Borgia Cesare Borgia   See fewer
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Anne-Louise Lambert
Lucrezia Borgia Lucrezia Borgia   See fewer
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Alfred Burke
Giuliano della Rovere Giuliano della Rovere   See fewer
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Robert Ashby
Ludovico Sforza Ludovico Sforza   See fewer
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Derrick Branche
Prince Djem Prince Djem   See fewer
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David Joss Buckley
Giovanni Orsini (as Joss Buckley) Giovanni Orsini (as Joss Buckley)   See fewer
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Mark Buffery
Giovanni Sforza Giovanni Sforza   See fewer
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George Camiller
Juan Borgia Juan Borgia   See fewer
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Denis Carey
Cardinal of Venice Cardinal of Venice   See fewer
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Arnold Diamond
Cardinal Deacon Cardinal Deacon   See fewer
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Andrew Dunford
King Charles VIII King Charles VIII   See fewer
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Cyrus Elias
Cesare's groom (as Ciro Elias) Cesare's groom (as Ciro Elias)   See fewer
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William Ellis
Perotto Perotto   See fewer
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Michael Kilgarriff
Cardinal San Severino Cardinal San Severino   See fewer
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Anna Korwin
Adriana de Mila Orsini Adriana de Mila Orsini   See fewer
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Nicholas Le Prevost
Baglioni Baglioni   See fewer
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Clive Merrison
Ascanio Sforza Ascanio Sforza   See fewer
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Ralph Nossek
Johann Burchard Johann Burchard   See fewer
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Maurice O'Connell
Michelotto Michelotto   See fewer
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Mervyn Pascoe
Carlo Canale Carlo Canale   See fewer
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Reginald Peters
Cardinal Camerlengo Cardinal Camerlengo   See fewer
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Martin Potter
Paolo Orsini Paolo Orsini   See fewer
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Robert Rietty
Mantuan Ambassador Mantuan Ambassador   See fewer
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Louis Selwyn
Jofre Borgia Jofre Borgia   See fewer
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Barbara Shelley
Vannozza Canale Vannozza Canale   See fewer
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Seretta Wilson
Giulia Farnese Giulia Farnese   See fewer
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