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The Borgias: The Borgia Bull

Rodrigo swears revenge as Cardinal Della Rovere ends up getting poisoned but manages to survive.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x1
Airdate: Sunday April 08th, 2012

Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Neil Jordan

Guest Stars
Augustus PrewAugustus Prew
As Prince Alfonso
Bosco HoganBosco Hogan
As Cardinal Piccolomini
David Lowe (3)David Lowe (3)
As French Ambassador
Edward AkroutEdward Akrout
As French Captain #1
Edward de SouzaEdward de Souza
As Doctor
Jemima WestJemima West
As Vittoria
Mark NobleMark Noble
As French General
Melia KreilingMelia Kreiling
As Bianca
Michel MullerMichel Muller
As King Charles VIII
Nan Kerr (1)Nan Kerr (1)
As Aged Nun
Peter Sullivan (1)Peter Sullivan (1)
As Cardinal Ascanio Sforza
James TateJames Tate
As Altar Boy
Miklós TurekMiklós Turek
As French Captain #2
Main Cast
Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons
As Rodrigo Borgia
François ArnaudFrançois Arnaud
As Cesare Borgia
Holliday GraingerHolliday Grainger
As Lucrezia Borgia
Simon McBurneySimon McBurney
As Johannes Burchart
Sean HarrisSean Harris
As Micheletto
Joanne WhalleyJoanne Whalley
As Vanozza Cattaneo
Lotte VerbeekLotte Verbeek
As Giulia Farnese
Colm FeoreColm Feore
As Giuliano Della Rovere
David OakesDavid Oakes
As Juan Borgia


The episode begins with a botched murder attempt on Cardinal Della Rovere. The cardinal is given poison in a communion goblet, but it isn't the full dose; and hence it does not end up having the desired effect, and the cardinal is virtually unaffected. The altar boy who was commissioned by Cesare Borgia to murder the cardinal quickly is given his reward; after he has been captured, for the abject failure of his mission. The boy is drowned in a well outside the church; for his failure to carry out the job, as expected. Meanwhile, bitter sibling rivalry erupts between Cesare and his brother, Juan; as they both seem to be competing for their father’s attention. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorNeil Jordan
Executive ProducerJames Flynn  |  Sheila Hockin  |  Neil Jordan
Co-ProducerBill Goddard
Consulting ProducerSteve Matthews
Costume DesignerGabriella Pescucci
HairstylistJudit Halász
Art DirectorAdam O'Neill  |  Antonio Calvo-Dominguez  |  Michael Fleischer
Prosthetics Make Up DesignerRita Horvath
Music ByTrevor Morris
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