Desperate Romantics, Series 1
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19th century London is in the throes of the industrial revolution. But amongst the dirty red bricks and smoke stacks are four young, thrill-seeking artists - steadfast William Holman Hunt, naive John Millais, mischievous Dante Gabriel Rossetti and budding journalist Fred Walters - otherwise known as the Brotherhood. Their quest for artistic immortality takes them into some of the lewdest, darkest and funniest corners of the city. Joining them is sassy, sexy model Lizzie Siddal. But is she risking it all with this dangerous bunch? Period drama starring Aidan Turner, Samuel Barnet and Rafe Spall.
|1||VideoEpisode 1||Some artists want lasting fame. Some want money. Others want sex. The Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood want all of it. These ambitious young men are out to rock the art world with a style of painting that is, according to them, more true, real and heartfelt than anything seen for three hundred years.||59:09||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoEpisode 2||With the help of their new friend, journalist Fred Walters, the brotherhood have caught the attention of the pre-eminent art critic of the day, John Ruskin, and they now have to persuade him to buy their work. John Millais sets about rustling up a 'masterpiece' to show Ruskin and he chooses Lizzie to sit for it. But their whole world comes crashing to a halt when Lizzie falls ill.||57:53||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoEpisode 3||The youngest and most talented member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, John Millais, delights in having landed the influential John Ruskin as his new patron. However, he soon realises that this patronage comes at a price when it becomes clear that he is expected to sleep with Ruskin's wife. Rossetti only sees the benefits of his friend's predicament but Millais is torn.||58:32||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoEpisode 4||While Hunt is far away in the Holy Land, Fred sets out to fulfil his promise to look after Annie and prevent her from getting up to mischief. But Annie proves too hot to handle: before Fred knows what's what, she has seduced him. Rossetti, meanwhile, receives an encouraging visit from Ruskin who, with Millais no longer on his books, is looking for a new protege.||58:35||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoEpisode 5||Rossetti and Lizzie revel in their new-found status and wealth, acquired courtesy of Ruskin's generous patronage. Swept up in a whirlwind of late-night partying and debauchery, they forget about their art, leaving Ruskin less than impressed.||59:00||£1.89||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoEpisode 6||Rossetti and Lizzie return from their honeymoon ready to settle into conventional married life. However, Millais soon proposes the idea of an artistic colony for the Brotherhood and their wives. Meanwhile, Hunt sets out to win back Annie Miller, hoping to persuade her to move into the colony, and Fred is brutally honest with Lizzie with devastating consequences.||58:34||£1.89||View in iTunes|
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This show is great; thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Okay, if you really want historical fact then this isn't so great and if you can't let go of what really happened to the Pre-Raphelite brotherhood then don't bother watching this. Ignoring that, this is funny, entertaining and a great show to watch. Try it.
Love it, love it, love it!
This show is really entertaining! The storyline, though not totally historically accurate, is gripping and addictive yet easy to follow, and paired with the strong characters and immature jokes it makes for thoroughly enjoyable watching =D You get a taste of the basic story of the Pre- Raphaelite Brotherhood without having to sit through a boring, in-depth documentary. The modern soundtrack compliments it well too. I'm not usually a TV person, but this has got me well and truly gripped!
Truely epic :D!
A brilliant program, with an exciting storyline! Not to mention, Aidan Turner was so amazing in this! He made Gabriel an even funnier character! :D (: