Period drama set in London about the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

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Series cast summary:
 Fred Walters 6 episodes, 2009
Josie Farmiloe ...
 Charlotte Siddal 6 episodes, 2009
 William Holman Hunt 6 episodes, 2009
 Charles Dickens 5 episodes, 2009
Polly Kemp ...
 Mrs. Siddal 5 episodes, 2009
 Mr. Siddal 5 episodes, 2009
 Effie Ruskin / ... 5 episodes, 2009
 Ruskin's Mother / ... 4 episodes, 2009
 Mr. Stone 3 episodes, 2009
 Mr.Chadwick 2 episodes, 2009
Rebecca Davies ...
 Fanny Cornforth 2 episodes, 2009
 Rose La Touche 2 episodes, 2009
 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
 Drinker at Inn / ... 2 episodes, 2009


Period drama set in London about the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

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2009 (UK)  »

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Disperatamente romantici  »


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£4,000,000 (estimated)
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Aidan Turner and Phil Davis went on to appear alongside each other in Poldark (2015). See more »


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Thoroughly enjoyable
3 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Yes, well it may not be completely accurate and the writers may have taken certain liberties with the characters and the timelines, but I thoroughly enjoyed this show. It's a fast, funny, witty, sexy romp which doesn't take itself too seriously. The chemistry between the leads is palpable, as is the fact that everyone seems to be having a really good time playing some very interesting characters. I've watched it about three times now over the years and have enjoyed it every time. It's also made me curious to read up more about the PRB and their work. The actual PRB and their circle were, in many ways, extraordinary and occasionally over the top, and their lives were pretty fantastical, so this version really isn't much a stretch - I rather think they would have appreciated the 'inventive spirit' of the show's creators in bringing a contemporary interpretation of their story to the screen, as mentioned in the introduction / disclaimer at the beginning. If you want a staid art history docu-drama, this may not be for you. But if you want a fun, well made, entertaining, modern interpretation of a particular time and place and a group of people whose lives were, at times, stranger than fiction, go for it.

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