Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden and Stuart Martin broke new ground and lured millions of Italian viewers to watch the first espisode of Medici: Masters of Florence, a political, family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century.
According to the agency ANSA, more than 7,562 million viewers (30% share) tuned in to the launch of the new TV film on RAI on 18 October 2016. In Tuscany, the home of the the Medici, the share was 52,3 %.
MEDICI MASTERS OF FLORENCE
Cosimo de’ Medici (Richard Madden) finds himself at the helm of his supremely wealthy, banking dynasty family, when his father, Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman), the founder of the Medici dynasty, dies suddenly in 1429. He was poisoned while eating some grapes. His two sons Cosimo and Lorenzo, who were given the majority of control of the bank in 1420, are determined to find the killer of their father and to protect the wealth and power of their family.
The Medici family was not only one of the richest families in the world, but had also status equal to nobility, much to the distaste of many of Florence’s old noble families. Their wealth also brought much political and social influence to the Medici.
Aided by his brother, Lorenzo de’ Medici (Stuart Martin) and his trusted servant, Marco Bello (Guido Caprino), Cosimo searches for his father’s killer. Top of his list of suspects is arch-enemy, Rinaldo Albizzi (Shrapnel), his one-time friend.
Cosimo must also strive to maintain his father’s financial legacy, but his ambitions are vastly different from his father’s. Drawn to art and architecture, Cosimo embarks on the completion of the Duomo. His love of art will herald the birth of the Renaissance.
Photos: Courtesy of RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana Spa, Big Light Productions
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