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Giovanni de Medici, thanks to a contract stipulated with the Papacy twenty years before, has transformed his family bank into an unprecedented economic force. But then, Giovanni is mysteriously murdered, and his sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo, are forced to face a range of enemies plotting to oust the Medici from power. First in line is Rinaldo Albizzi, head of the faction of nobles, who stands opposed not only to the rise of the middle class, favored by the Medici, but also to Cosimos vision for the city, including his patronage of magnificent works of art and architecture by such great artists as Donatello and Brunelleschi.
Also in the Medici family keeping the peace is not an easy task. Lorenzo and Cosimo are nearly opposite in temperament, and Cosimos marriage to Contessina de Bardi formed as a political alliance but then matured into a formidable partnership will be severely strained during his exile in Venice. It is there that Cosimo takes up with Maddalena, a beautiful slave who becomes his mistress and the mother of his illegitimate son.
In the meantime, the mystery of who killed Giovanni continues to lurk behind the scenes, and a new arch-enemy appears on the horizon in the person of the rival banker Pazzi. All the while, the onerous guilt of the compromises made and the evil done for the good of the family weighs heavily on Cosimos soul. He must decide how far he is willing to go to preserve his vision of Florence a vision we now know as the Renaissance.
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff takes a gritty, anti-nostalgic look at what would become America's first reality show as the obsessive original Mercury Seven astronauts and their families become instant celebrities in a competition that will either kill them or make them immortal. The one-hour drama will follow the protagonists from the Mojave Desert to the edges of space, with future seasons carrying through to humankind's greatest achievement: the moon landing.
The Artful Dodger
Set in 1850s Australia, the series follows adult double life of Charles Dickens' famous prince of thieves Dodger now a surgeon, but who can't shake his predilection for crime.
The White Princess
Adapted from Philippa Gregory's best-selling novel of the same name and part of The Cousins' War book series, The White Princess concludes the story of England's War of the Roses and charts the rise of the House of Tudor through the tortuous marriage between Princess Elizabeth of York and King Henry Tudor. The year is 1485 and Princess Elizabeth, daughter of "The White Queen," has been pledged in marriage to the newly anointed King Henry Tudor in hopes that it will bring peace to a war-torn country. England is united, but their marriage is soon divided, as rumors circulate that Elizabeth's long-lost brother Prince Richard is alive and planning to take the throne. Now she must choose between Tudor wife and York princess, between her new husband and the boy who claims to be her own blood and the true heir to the crown.
A security auditor, who was once a cop, cheated the McDonald's Monopoly game promotion for a decade. He built a network of co-conspirators and stole millions.
McMillions is a TV series that shows the bizarre story of this ex-cop's heist. It is a true crime documentary series that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Camelot is a TV series based on the original story of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. They embark on adventures to save their kingdom from danger.
The show follows the legendary characters as they face challenges and conflicts in their quest to protect Camelot from threats both internal and external.
The Good Lord Bird
A group led by abolitionist John Brown and a young slave travel across the US in the 1850s to end slavery. Based on a novel by James McBride.
The Good Lord Bird is a TV series that explores the fight against slavery in the US. It follows a group of freedom fighters led by John Brown.
Gunpowder is a British TV series about Guy Fawkes and a group of English Catholics planning to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I.
The show is set in the early 17th century and follows the group's attempts to execute their plan, as well as the government's efforts to stop them.
Becoming Elizabeth is the fascinating story of the early life of England's most iconic Queen. Long before she ascended the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor was an orphaned teenager who became embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court. With no clear heir, the death of King Henry the VIII sets into motion a dangerous scramble for power. His surviving children find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.
Elizabeth struggles to control her own destiny and take real power as the men around her attempt to claim her sovereignty. Her fascinating and factual journey to secure the crown is filled with scheming, betrayal and illicit relationships that threaten to bring forth her demise at a time in which every man or woman of the court is on the wheel of fortune, which may take them to a position of great power one moment, or the executioner's block the next.
The White Queen
The White Queen is a historical drama about three women - Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, and Anne Neville - who are caught up in the conflict for the throne.
The show explores themes of love, loss, seduction, deception, betrayal, and murder. Each woman is driven in her own way, making for a compelling story.