SURELY the jewel in the crown for Sky drama this autumn, the brilliant Borgias finally hits our TV screens.

TV Pick The Borgias Sky Atlantic Saturday 9pm

SURELY the jewel in the crown for Sky drama this autumn, the brilliant Borgias finally hits our TV screens.

Set in 1400's Italy, Oscar-winning British actor Jeremy Irons stars in this masterpiece which details the life of the Borgia family, who build an empire through the corruption of the holy Catholic Church and orchestrate a relentless reign of power and flamboyant cruelty.

The series begins with Rodrigo Borgia (Irons) bribing, buying and bullying his way into the papacy to become Pope Alexander VI.

The series is set in one of the most significant periods in history - the Western Renaissance and Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World.

As contemporaries of Da Vinci, Michelangelo and the Medici's, the Borgias were controversial and heretical, not so much for performing acts unheard of in their time, but for being better at it than their enemies.

Along the way, the family commits virtually every sin in the book and invented more than a few of their own.