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Series 2 - Episode 5
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You have to keep reminding yourself that
was created and (in the case of this episode) written by Neil Jordan. Yes, the Neil Jordan. A ripe Roman soap opera feels a long way from the kind of films Jordan is famous for, such as Mona Lisa and The Crying Game, but he clearly enjoys mining the decadence and hypocrisy of the Renaissance Catholic Church for dramatic effect.
This episode sees the return to the plot of Savonarola, the ranting Dominican friar (played by Stephen Berkoff, for the second time in his career) who is stirring up the faithful against the Pope and his carnal cardinals. Among the latter, Cesare sets off on a diplomatic mission to Caterina Sforza (Gina McKee) that ends up more missionary than he planned.
The Pope takes it upon himself to deal with Savonarola in Florence and sends Cesare to Caterina's stronghold in Forli to broker a deal, but needs to offer more than Alexander VI's uncompromising terms to gain peace. Meanwhile, Micheletto's past catches up with him as he reacquaints himself with his home city. Drama, starring Jeremy Irons and Francois Arnaud.
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