Medici (2016– )
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Original Sin 

After 20 years of grooming, Cosimo Medici replaces his late father in Florence's Signoria, where he must decide whether to support a call for war.


Frank Spotnitz (created by), Nicholas Meyer (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Madden ... Cosimo
Dustin Hoffman ... Giovanni
Stuart Martin ... Lorenzo
Annabel Scholey Annabel Scholey ... Contessina
Guido Caprino ... Marco Bello
Alessandro Sperduti ... Piero
Valentina Bellè ... Lucrezia
Ken Bones ... Ugo Bencini
Lex Shrapnel ... Rinaldo Albizzi
Brian Cox ... Guadagni
Brando Leon Rustici Brando Leon Rustici ... Vieri
Michael Schermi ... Ricciardo
Eugenio Franceschini Eugenio Franceschini ... Ormando Albizzi
Tatjana Nardone ... Emilia
Roberto Mantovani Roberto Mantovani ... Father Anselmo


Cosimo Medici reminisces about how he and brother Lorenzo where introduces to politics 20 years earlier by their domineering father, self-made banker Giovanni, as the old man's death means Cosimi must stand for his seat in the Signoria, formal ruling body of the Florentine republic, in fact the Medici state, which must decide whether to go to war, as other noble families want, to defend Lucca against mighty MiIan. The trio set out to Rome at the papal election to support an unlikely candidate, 'condottiere'-admiral -virtual pirate- Cossa, by bribing his fellow (venal) cardinals. In the process, hedonistic Lorenzo satisfies his carnal lust serially. Cosimo rather indulges in taking painting lessons from master Brunelleschi, but in the process falls in love with a peasant model -which Cosimo plots away- and discovers illicit gay love, ideal blackmail ammunition. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Tuscany, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lux Vide, Rai Fiction See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The Duomo is actually called Santa Maria del Fiore. When the show is actually taking place it was only brick. The beautiful marble facade shown in the series was only started In 1868 by the architect Emilio de' Fabris who won a competition to design it. Although the church's original 13th century plan did forsee a facade, this had never been completed and was later deemed 'out-of-date' and abandoned. See more »


As Cosimo approaches the fulling mill, a man and a woman greet him as: "Master Medici". The man pronounces 'Medici' incorrectly. This mistake is extremely unlikely given the prevalence of the family. See more »


References I, Claudius (1976) See more »

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Kitschy Medici
23 October 2019 | by billsmith-5See all my reviews

Il Magnifico Medici was not a pretty boy, he was ugly, according to The Agony and the Ecstacy (based on historical records). Also, the brilliant scholars he brought into his fold and supported were not sycophants, as this simpleminded story portrays them. I guess it's entertaining, therefore 2 stars, rather than 1. I admit, I could only stomach about 30 minutes of this tv farce. Bill

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