Da Vinci's Demons

Genre

Historical fantasy series from Starz / BBC Worldwide.
Season 1 x 8 episodes
Season 2 x 10 episodes
Season 3 x 10 episodes.

Creator

David S. Goyer

Showrunners

David S. Goyer - seasons 1 & 2
John Shiban - season 3

Directors Season 1

David S. Goyer / Jamie Payne / Paul Wilmshurst / Michael J Bassett

Directors Season 2

Charles Sturridge / Peter Hoar / Jon Jones / Justin Molotnikov

Directors Season 3

Peter Hoar / Alex Pillai / Colin Teague / Mark Everest

Score

Bear McCreary

Synopsis

Expect sex, scandal, intrigue, murder, mystery and an exciting quest...

Season 1: Da Vinci's Demons is David Goyer's historical fantasy, following the "untold" story of the world's greatest genius during his raucous youth in Renaissance Florence. Brash and brilliant, the 25-year-old da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time. He begins to not only see the future, but invent it.

Season 2: Florence is thrown into chaos in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy, so Leonardo da Vinci pushes the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome. When the dust settles, friends are buried and rivalries enflamed. While the Medicis go to unthinkable lengths to deal with new threats, da Vinci continues on his quest to find the fabled Book of Leaves and uncover the secret history of his mother. He'll come to realize that he has lethal competition in his quest -- new enemies who may be even worse than the forces of Pope Sixtus. His search will take him to faraway lands and force him to reevaluate everything he knew about the world and his own history.

Season 3:Leonardo da Vinci, genius, artist, a man adept at solving the world’s mysteries, faces his toughest challenge yet in the final season of “Da Vinci’s Demons” as he witnesses his personal inventions employed by Ottoman invaders during the battle of Otranto. To fight those who seek to destroy everything he loves, Leo must align with old foes, repair broken friendships, discover hidden secrets, and resume a dangerous quest, all while knowing that he is his own worst enemy.

The definitive third chapter of “Da Vinci's Demons” continues where Leonardo da Vinci’s world comes to a downward spiral when the city of Otranto is torn apart by an Ottoman invasion. On the battlefield, the Turks will use da Vinci’s own weapons against him, the designs for which were stolen by someone he trusted. This betrayal will haunt Leo long after the battle is decided, as will the deaths of loved ones lost in the fighting. When Rome instigates a Crusade against the Turks, he seizes the opportunity to join, but his mission is complicated by a series of grisly murders that terrorize Italy and threaten the Crusade itself

Tom's roles

Leonardo Da Vinci | Co-producer S2 | Producer S3

Eventually he will become the most famous artist of all time, some say the most recognised figure after Jesus. But we meet Da Vinci as a twenty-something upstart as he embarks on a thrilling quest that will change history.

"Da Vinci's Demons" can't help but get your blood pumping, too, if only for its creative depiction of the inventor's process and the enthusiasm star Tom Riley injects into his character as Leo achieves the high standards he sets for himself... ...Riley is as charismatic as those scenes are imaginative. Equal parts cocky and haunted, his Leo carelessly flouts authority and is prone to eccentric habits, but quickly falls into despair as he struggles with feelings of alienation brought on by his unhappy early years and an unhealthy obsession with destiny. Show Patrol

Tom's Da Vinci's Demons tit-bits

"It's bold, and bonkers but brilliant" Tom describing the series.

"I’ll give you three teaser words: Blood. Swords. Fish." Tom on season 2.

"Nobody is safe." Tom on season 3.

 

Episode Guides S1, 2 & 3

Episode Guide season 1
Episode Guide season 2
Episode Guide season 3

Broadcast dates / premieres / DVD

Season 1 TV premiere dates worldwide
Season 2 TV premiere dates worldwide
Season 3 TV premiere dates worldwide

Season 1 DVD / Blu-ray
US 3 Sept 2013
UK 31 March 2014
iTunes US iPad app
iTunes UK
Season 2 DVD / Blu-ray
US March 2015
UK November 2015
iTunes US
iTunes UK
Season 3 DVD / Blu-ray
US Jan 2016
UK ?
iTunes US
iTunes UK

Filming details

Season 1 - from 29th May - 9th November 2012 in Wales.
Locations include Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, Castell Coch, Caerphilly Castle, Tredegar House, and Abergavenny, with Da Vinci's palace at Margam Castle. More production facts here.

Season 2 - 10 episodes - filming from 6th May to 6th December 2013.
New locations include Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, Puzzlewood and Stackpole Estate in Wales.

Season 3 - 10 episodes - filming from 23rd June to 17th December 2014. Extra filming done March 2015.
New locations include Pembrey Country Park, St Theodore's - Port Talbot, Penrice Castle, Clearwell Caves, Castell Coch...

Viewing figures

Season 1 average 3.8 million viewers per episode
Season 2 average 3.2 million viewers per episode

 

Links

Da Vinci's Demons Gallery - season 1
Da Vinci's Demons Gallery - season 2
Da Vinci's Demons Gallery - season 3
Starz Da Vinci's Demons official site
Twitter
Facebook Page
IMDb
David S. Goyer's blog
FIC site
FOX UK
Wikipedia

Cast S1 & 2

Cast & crew list - season 1
Cast & Crew list - season 2
Twitter list - cast & crew on Twitter 

Laura Haddock - Lucrezia Donati
After playing her part in the Ottoman invasion, Lucrezia Donati spirals into dark and reckless behavior that could threaten to destroy her from the inside out. She must put the needs of her friends before her own if she is to ever absolve herself of past sins, with the hopes of aiding Leo in his quest to save Italy.
Lara Pulver - Clarice Orsini
In the wake of her affair with Lorenzo’s duplicitous uncle, and Carlo’s subsequent thievery of the Medici fortune, Clarice Orsini sets out on a mission for vengeance. But with Carlo embroiled in the Labyrinth, her undertaking may prove to be far more dangerous than she realizes.
Blake Ritson - Count Riario
Riario’s trip to the New World inspired an unlikely friendship with Leonardo, but upon his return to Italy, he failed to receive forgiveness from those whose approval he seeks. At his most vulnerable, he was kidnapped by the mysterious Labyrinth, and their plans for him threaten to propel him down a dangerous path.
Elliot Cowan - Lorenzo Medici
The head of the Medici Bank, one of the most influential institutions in Europe, Lorenzo de’ Medici is the de facto ruler of Florence. When Lorenzo finds himself at the mercy of his enemy, he is forced to reexamine his priorities, putting the lives of those he loves, and the citizens of Florence, at risk.

 

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