Period drama set in London about the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
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Series cast summary:
...  John Millais 6 episodes, 2009
...  Fred Walters 6 episodes, 2009
Josie Farmiloe ...  Charlotte Siddal 6 episodes, 2009
...  John Ruskin 6 episodes, 2009
...  Annie Miller 6 episodes, 2009
...  Lizzie Siddal 6 episodes, 2009
...  William Holman Hunt 6 episodes, 2009
...  Dante Gabriel Rossetti 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
...  Edward Burne-Jones 2 episodes, 2009
Natalie Thomas ...  Jane Burden 2 episodes, 2009
...  Drinker at Inn / ... 2 episodes, 2009
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Period drama set in London about the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

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Disperatamente romantici  »

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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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Juvenile, so-so, tiresome, and horribly inaccurate
16 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

It takes a lot of hack-work to make a mess out of the incredibly intriguing and colorful story of the Pre-Raphaelite painters in Victorian England, but boy they managed it here. This is a juvenile, tedious, badly acted and worse-written mess. Evidently to make up for the lack of intelligent script or acting, the BBC threw in as much sex and nudity as possible.

There's no effort to even remotely approach the truth, and we never really see the paintings, which should be the star of the whole series. Everyone agrees that the best thing about the show is the costumes, but that doesn't make for intelligent viewing. I couldn't make it past 45 minutes of the series without getting incredibly bored.

I'm really disappointed lately with the hack-work -- which relies completely on visuals and titillation for its appeal -- that is coming out of the BBC in their period pieces these days. Take me back 5, 10, 15 or more years ago when the BBC was at the height of its period-piece glory. Now it's like everything else -- all show and titillation and lowbrow appeal, no intelligence or thought.


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