The Borgias

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9:30pm – Wednesday, November 30 on TV 3

Over the season The Borgias has taken audiences for a twisted ride, but wait until you see how the original mafia family ties up some loose ends in the season finale, screening on Wednesday, November 30 th at 9:30pm on 3.

The Borgias wraps up its first season this week and there’s big trouble in store for Jeremy Iron’s Pope Alexander VI and his clan.

“[Cardinal] Della Rovere definitely brings his carnage to Rome, well, through Italy,” series star Holliday Grainger, who plays Borgias daughter, Lucrezia, explains of what’s coming up in this week’s dramatic season finale.

Holliday’s own character, Lucrezia, will be bolder than she’s been, something that was hinted in last week’s episode when she played on the vanity of France’s King Charles, using her charms to gather more information about his army’s battle tactics, to aid her family.

“She’s forced to grow up. She has to deal with a lot of things very quickly and I think it’s kind of her point where she goes, ‘All right, not everyone in the world is a fantastic person; I’m out of my little family circle, so maybe I’ll have to be a little bit mischievous myself’,” Holliday says.

David Oakes, who has brought to life the black sheep of the family – Juan Borgias, the military man with a questionable paternity, adds that although the Borgias are in for a ride in this week’s season finale, they are here to stay.

“I think what’s exciting about The Borgias, is it’s not like anything that people have seen before. There’s a lot of historical shows out there at the moment that are doing the same kind of sex and violence thing,” he says. “With The Borgias, you’re gonna have to use your head, you’re gonna have to think.” “This is a family that’s gonna be here for a while and they’re going to really start stretching what people expect from them.”

But what in store for the family in the series’ first season finale? Find out when The Borgias concludes on Wednesday, November 30 th at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Wednesday, November 9 on TV 3

As opposing forces are gathering against Rodrigo Borgia (Jeremy Irons), audiences have already seen him marry off his only daughter to gain support in Italy. Now, he wants Naples on his side and that calls for another wedding on The Borgias, continuing its latest season on Wednesday, November 9 th at 9:30pm on 3. Guest starring Emmanuelle Chriqui, best known for portraying Slone on Entourage, this week sees the wedding between Sancia of Naples (Chriqui) and 12-year-old Joffre Borgia (Aidan Alexander).

“Doing a role like this initially scared me,” Chriqui explains about her The Borgias role. “Sancia is very free, especially for a woman of the times. She gets into this marriage with the youngest Borgia, but she knows it’s a political move.”

“She understands that and she doesn’t feel confined in that. To me, she’s a free spirit, emotionally, sexually, she’s a free spirit.”

“She knows he’s a dear boy and she’s very maternal with him,” Chriqui continues.

“She’s going to find her pleasure and satisfaction elsewhere and has no qualms about it. It’s so scandalous, I love it.”

Make sure not to miss this controversial wedding when The Borgias continues on Wednesday, November 9 th at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Wednesday, October 19 on TV 3

Continuing his climb to the top, this week sees Pope Rodrigo (Jeremy Irons) trying to secure his power base in relation to rival states by getting Lucrezia (Holliday Grainger) to marry for political reasons in The Borgias, screening on Wednesday, October 19 th at 9:30pm on 3. “He’s a man who uses all the things we’ve seen used by American presidents or anyone in power,” Jeremy Irons explains about his characters. “Power does corrupt, and the difference for Rodrigo is, he’s aware he’s the head of the Christian church. He knows. That vibration between what you do and what you know you shouldn’t do is really interesting.”

It would seem there are advantages to being the progeny of the newly-elected Pope Alexander VI, but Rodrigo’s ascension to the throne of Peter was met with unqualified joy and acceptance.

“Once Rodrigo Borgia was elected pope,” adds executive producer and writer Neil Jordan, “he was immediately under threat from all sides, from all his enemies. His family was under threat, so they had to survive by any means necessary.”

“The Borgias were Spaniards,” Jordan continues, “and they were outsiders. They had nobody to rely on but each other, so they became this little paranoid unit.” And it’s this that makes Pope Rodrigo do the things that he does, just to stay on top, says Jordan. “The Borgias, really, is the story of their survival, how they managed to survive these threats.”

But will Lucrezia be happy to play the pawn just so that her family can stay at the top? Find out when The Borgias continues on Wednesday, October 19 th at 9:30pm on 3.

9:30pm – Wednesday, October 5 on TV 3

Thirty years after he played Charles Ryder in the British miniseries Brideshead Revisited, Jeremy Irons takes on another TV role that involves Catholicism, opulence and distrust – Rodrigo Borgia, the scheming patriarch and corrupt Pope Alexander VI in 3’s highly-anticipated new series The Borgias, premiering on Wednesday, October 5 th at 9:30pm on 3. Created by Oscar winner Neil Jordan, The Borgias is set during the Western Renaissance and the discovery of the New World. The series follows the Borgias family, one of the most notorious and infamous families in history whose patriarch rose to the position of Pope, becoming Pope Alexander VI.

“It was a time quite unlike the time we live in today,” Irons explains. “There were murders in Rome every night, poisonings most weekends. There was incest here and sodomy there. Life was very violent, very visceral. Life was cheap. Torture was commonplace. People carried swords, daggers, poison rings.” The actor says he found Rodrigo, a married man with many mistresses, and a schemer of the highest order, to be an enigmatic, riveting figure.

“You can’t play someone like that and think, ‘I’m a bad person.’ Most of the time I thought I was quite a good guy. But George Bush probably thought he was quite a good guy, too. I mean, they all do. Stalin probably liked himself,” Irons explains.

“He’s fallible – religious leaders do have feet of clay, and power corrupts,” he continues. “We see the contradictions within him and that’s why he’s fascinating to play.”

Make sure not to miss your first introduction to Irons’ Rodrigo Borgia when he schemes his way into becoming Pope in the The Borgias season premiere, screening on Wednesday, October 5 th at 9:30pm on 3.