The Bor­gias

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SoHo This is a nice op­por­tu­nity to catch up on this lush his­tor­i­cal se­ries which, when it be­gan, its pro­duc­ers called The Tu­dors meets The So­pra­nos, a point un­der­scored by its promo line: ‘‘ The orig­i­nal crime fam­ily’’. ( The God­fa­ther au­thor Mario Puzo worked on a novel about the Bor­gias, too, call­ing them the Cor­leones of the Re­nais­sance). Flu­ently writ­ten and di­rected by film­maker Neil Jor­dan ( The Cry­ing Game), this big-bud­get US ca­ble show de­liv­ered what it promised: a su­perla­tively made cos­tume drama filled with sex, mal­ice, murder and be­trayal. SoHo is re­peat­ing sea­son two from tonight, with the third sea­son at present shoot­ing in Hun­gary to pre­miere next year. Jeremy Irons re­turns in his Golden Globe-nom­i­nated role as Ro­drigo, the cun­ning, ma­nip­u­la­tive Bor­gia pa­tri­arch who be­came Pope Alexan­der VI.

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