Here you will find all the information on this new exciting TV series, that promises to be an international success. With protagonists like Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden, and the intriguing history of the family, which doesn’t need a lot of “fiction tricks” to be interesting, the Medici family TV series will be particularly appreciated by who loved The Borgias or Da Vinci’s Demons.
The series will premiere in US/UK/Ireland/Canada on December 9th, 2016 and will be streamed by Netflix. RAI TV, the Italian national TV, aired episodes 1 and 2 on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016. They will air 2 episodes each Tuesday, and with season 1 being made of 8 episodes, it will take 4 weeks.
The series has been sold to many European channels, while sales in the USA have been delegated to WME. I will update this info as soon as I have news.
The episodes are 60 minutes long, and both season 1 and season 2 (not yet filmed) will have 8 episodes each. Season 1 is focusing on the rise of the Medici, with the protagonists being Giovanni (1360-1429, Dustin Hoffman) and his son Cosimo (1389-1464, Richard Madden). Season 2 will focus on the life of Lorenzo, grandson of Cosimo.
Watch Medici Masters of Florence
Rai TV offered the double language option (Italian and English) but only for who can see the series on satellite or terrestrial decoder.
Rai Tv also has several options to be watched online: you can both see the “live” series, on RAI TV official website, or replay the episodes at any time during the following week but, apparently, there is no option to select the original language (English) track. I didn’t find a way to see Medici Masters of Florence in English online, so far, but if I do I will update here. If any of you finds a way (without infringing any copyright), let me know contacting us or leaving a comment. UPDATE OCTOBER 28th: RAI announced that it will be possible to see the episodes in English soon. Read more here.
UPDATE NOVEMBER 29th: US, UK, Ireland, Canada, India premiere date will be Dec 9th, 2016. The series will be on Netflix
Rai 1 live (Italian)
If you missed it:
Rai Play, episode 1 (Italian)
Rai Play, episode 2 (Italian)
Rai Play, episode 3 (Italian)
Rai Play, episode 4 (Italian)
Episodes 1-2 preview (Italian)
Countdown to release in US on Netflix
The cast of the Medici family TV series
Here are the actors you will see in each of the 8 episodes of season 1, the cast is composed by both Italian and American actors:
- Dustin Hoffman – Giovanni de’ Medici
- Richard Madden – Cosimo de’ Medici
- Giorgio Caputo – Federigo Malavolti
- Guido Caprino – Marco Bello
- Stuart Martin – Lorenzo de’ Medici
- Tatjana Nardone – Emilia
- Annabel Scholey – Contessina de’ Bardi
Here are other important characters:
- Lex Shrapnel – Rinaldo degli Albizi
- Daniel Caltagirone – Andrea Pazzi
Season 1 plot
Season 1 will show the rise of the family and the first important conspiracy against their rising power, conducted by Rinaldo degli Albizi (Lex Shrapnel).
If the Medici family TV series is based on the real history, we will see Cosimo (Richard Madden) imprisoned because of the political intrigues of Rinaldo and then banished from Florence, but we will also see his triumphant return (update: yes this has been the plot of season 1).
The Medici family
The Medici family have been the protagonists of the history of Florence, Italy, from the 15th to the early 18th century, especially in the period of the Renaissance.
A family coming from nowhere that built a fortune with the banking activity, rose to become the rulers of Florence with political intrigues and then became one of the most powerful dynasties in Europe. In the Medici family tree, there were countless Cardinals, two Popes, two Queens of France, and seven Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
The Medici are remembered as very open-minded people, and as the greatest art collectors in history, who ignited the Florentine Renaissance: among the countless artists working for the family, across the generations, are the names of Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Giorgio Vasari, and Benvenuto Cellini.
What can you find on this website
Here you will find the episode guide.
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