- TV Mini Series
Period drama set in London about the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.Period drama set in London about the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.Period drama set in London about the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Quite by accident, I stumbled upon Desperate Romantics while looking for something else. It has led me on a journey to learn more of the PRB artists, with whom I was totally unfamiliar. The portrayals of Millais, Hunt and Rosetti, their lives and loves is touching, funny and illuminating, in terms of their struggles for fame and recognition. The Fred Walters character keeps it all together. The casting in DR is perfect. Peter Bowker's writing is great and provides so much humor, along with the more serious struggles. Aidan Turner's reaction to his first sexual encounter with Fannie, a prostitute, is priceless and makes me laugh just thinking of it. Jennie Jacques, in only her second role was perfect as Annie Miller. She clearly showed the dilemma young women faced during this time and her struggle to obtain a better life, if not with Hunt, then with another. Amy Manson, as the beautiful model, Lizzie Siddall, is wonderful in showing sweetness, strength, vulnerability and despair because of her love for Rosetti. Others will point out this is not historically accurate and I'm sure they're right, but I looked at it as pure entertainment, realistic fiction. Daniel Pemberton's music is a delight in setting the mood so well. This is not a series for young children given the amount of nudity, but, if you're looking for a story that will give you strong characters and many laughs, this is a great choice.
- Nov 27, 2022
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