While the weather today in London has been great, the last few weeks have been inconsistent to say the least. So I thought I should review a good TV series to occupy the January evenings.
I've been watching The Borgias recently with my folks and I couldn't recommend the series highly enough. The tag line of the series is 'The Borgias: The Original Crime Family'.
The series centres around the notorious Borgia pope, Rodrigo Borgia, otherwise known as Pope Alexander VI, and his family.
Pope Alexander was famous for many reasons; his route to power, his love of women and good food and wine (not something you'd necessarily associate with a Pope), but perhaps most famously he brought his family (i.e. his mistress and four children) to live with him in the Vatican.
His children were Juan, Cesare, Lucrezia and Joffrey Borgia. There is also his new mistress - the Lady Forenze
Jeremy Irons is at the helm as the Pope revelling in the decadent costumes and his character's numerous scenes in bed with beautiful women.
Holliday Granger makes an excellent Lucrezia - beautiful, tragic but also a Borgia at heart.
Joanne Whalley makes a fine turn as the forgotten mistress and mother of the Borgia children.
Finally, Francois Arnaud makes a very good Cesare - damaged, angry and a far too close relationship with his Lucrezia.
The show looks great; it's a little bit slow in parts as the story takes a lot of set up - but it's worth it!