The Best Episodes Directed by John Maybury
#2 - Truth and Lies
The Borgias Season 2 - Episode 8
Juan returns to Rome trying to spin his combat injury as proof of his valor, but Cesare exposes his brother's ignoble behavior; Lucrezia takes a lover in her intended husband's younger brother; Della Rovere has recruited an angel-faced young friar as his suicide assassin, and the young man advances their agenda with a bold move against the Pope's food taster.
#3 - The Borgias in Love
The Borgias Season 1 - Episode 5
Alternately neglected and abused by her cruel husband, Lucrezia has an affair with Paolo, a handsome stable boy; Cesare strikes a bargain with Machiavelli: deny French troops passage across his masters' lands in exchange for suppression of Savonarola, a fiery preacher of anti-Medici sermons; in love with baroness Ursula, Cesare takes drastic action to get rid of her husband.
#4 - Day of Ashes
The Borgias Season 2 - Episode 6
Alexander is convinced that a lightning strike on St. Peter's Basilica during mass was a sign of God's disapproval; Cesare tries to prove his worth as a military commander; the Pope pressures the reluctant Lucrezia to enter another political marriage.
#6 - Death Mask
Rome Season 2 - Episode 7
Antony's nature reasserts itself, and challenges his alliance with Octavian. Timon and Levi set themselves against Herod's plans. Servilia's public displays of grief leave Atia unsettled. Gaia uses Pullo's punishment as a weapon against him. His daughter's sudden interest in business matters arouses Vorenus' suspicions. Posca gets married.
#7 - The French King
The Borgias Season 1 - Episode 6
Della Rovere reaches France and strikes a bargain with its ruler to invade Italy and install him on the Papal throne in exchange for control of Naples; Rodrigo attempts to thwart the invasion through an alliance by marrying his youngest son Joffre to Princess Sancia of Naples (guest star Emmannuelle Chriqui), but Juan nearly sabotages the plan by seducing his prospective sister-in-law.
#8 - David and Mia
Dates Season 1 - Episode 1
David is a lorry driver from Yorkshire making his first foray into online dating. When he meets Mia, a beautiful unknowable siren, he quickly realises that he might have bitten off more than he can chew.
#9 - Mia and Stephen
Dates Season 1 - Episode 3
Mia is putting herself around town. Stephen is a disenchanted surgeon with a surfeit of self-regard who doesn't know what he is looking for. When Mia gets under his skin, he realises that there might be more to himself than good looks and a high-flying career.