The gist: A historical romp-a-thon from the people who brought you The Tudors, about the exploits of Renaissance rogue Rodrigo Borgia — who bribed his way to becoming Pope Alexander VI.Tune in? Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire) is behind it, so it should be lavish, and like The Tudors, it promises lots of violence, scandal, and heaps of nubile young actors going at it.
Turn off? Apparently the show is not 100 per cent historically accurate (see “heaps of nubile young actors going at it”). Also, just as Jonathan Rhys Meyers made a peculiarly slimline Henry VIII, Jeremy Irons is an odd choice for pudding-faced Rodrigo — though at least he’s good at portraying ne’r-do-wells (Simon Gruber in Die Hard with a Vengeance, Scar in The Lion King).
The Borgias starts on Sky Atlantic on 6 August