Desperate Romantics (2009– )

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 John Millais (6 episodes, 2009)
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 Fred Walters (6 episodes, 2009)
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 Charlotte Siddal (6 episodes, 2009)
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 John Ruskin (6 episodes, 2009)
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 Annie Miller (6 episodes, 2009)
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 Lizzie Siddal (6 episodes, 2009)
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 William Holman Hunt (6 episodes, 2009)
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 Dante Gabriel Rossetti (6 episodes, 2009)
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 Charles Dickens (5 episodes, 2009)
Polly Kemp ...
 Mrs. Siddal (5 episodes, 2009)
Ian Puleston-Davies ...
 Mr. Siddal (5 episodes, 2009)
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 Effie Ruskin / ... (5 episodes, 2009)
Georgie Glen ...
 Ruskin's Mother / ... (4 episodes, 2009)
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 Mr. Stone (3 episodes, 2009)
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 Mr.Chadwick (2 episodes, 2009)
Rebecca Davies ...
 Fanny Cornforth (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Rose La Touche (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Margaret (2 episodes, 2009)
Dyfrig Morris ...
 William Morris (2 episodes, 2009)
Peter Sandys-Clarke ...
 Edward Burne-Jones (2 episodes, 2009)
Natalie Thomas ...
 Jane Burden (2 episodes, 2009)
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 Drinker at Inn / ... (2 episodes, 2009)
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A fun Romp
26 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Anybody watching the series expecting a realistic portrayal of the lives of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood will be disappointed however those just wanting an enjoyable romp with a good story that is well acted then this is just the thing. The characters were delightfully over the top without coming over as parodies.

The story follows the lives of artists Millais, Rossetti and Hunt along with their fictional friend Fred Walters as they recruit models Lizzie Siddal and Annie Miller and fall in love with them. The other main character is John Ruskin who supports their work.

While we do see some of their art the series was far more interested in their romantic entanglements which means there many sex scenes which means a fair amount of nudity... no strategically positioned sheets here. Another main theme is their quest to gain a patron who will enable them to become established.

From the moment it starts it is clear that this is going to be a romp as the music is as over the top that the story it goes with. Some people might not like this but I found it very jolly and suited to the story. The acting was fine throughout, I especially liked Amy Manson and Jennie Jacques's performances as Lizzie and Annie, I can see why the men in the story were besotted by their characters.


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