Desperate Romantics

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 1

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 21, 2009 on BBC Two
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Dante Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Millais want it all: money,fame and sex.
They name themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and set out to cause a stir with their new way of painting, something the world of that time doesn't seem ready for.They have a fan in the form of journalist Fred Walters, however, who tries to help them by finding a model for them to paint.In steps Lizzie Siddal, a girl who captures the imagination of all three men leading to arguements over who gets to paint her first.
Having finally managed to secure an exhibition of their work, the men try and get one of the most famous art critics to attend: John Ruskin.But will he come? And will he approve of what they have done?moreless

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    Rafe Spall

    Rafe Spall

    William 'Maniac' Holman Hunt

    Samuel Barnett

    Samuel Barnett

    John Millais

    Aidan Turner

    Aidan Turner

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti

    Sam Crane (II)

    Sam Crane (II)

    Fred Walters

    Tom Hollander

    Tom Hollander

    John Ruskin

    Kath Burlinson

    Kath Burlinson

    Madame

    Guest Star

    Naomi Capron

    Naomi Capron

    Mrs. Walters

    Guest Star

    Amy Manson

    Amy Manson

    Lizzie Siddal

    Recurring Role

    Zoe Tapper

    Zoe Tapper

    Effie Ruskin

    Recurring Role

    Ian Puleston-Davies

    Ian Puleston-Davies

    Mr Siddal

    Recurring Role

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      • (Lizzie looks through a greenhouse window)

        Lizzie Siddal: Who on earth rented this out to you?

        Dante Rossetti: The owners are away, so I am looking after it for them.

        Lizzie Siddal: And they wanted you to stay here?

        Dante Rossetti: Well, I'm sure they would if they knew me.

      • William Holman Hunt: Miss Siddal, you have been posing for me now for less than two minutes and in that time you have spoken more than my last model spoke in six months.

        Lizzie Siddal: What was she wearing?

        William Holman Hunt: She wasn't.It was a nude study.

        Lizzie Siddal: Well I can understand how that might inhibit the easy flow of conversation.

      • Fred Walters: To capture a man of Ruskin's moral certainty and judgment the Brotherhood needed to secure a model.For that they needed me, and I, I needed my mother.

      • Mr Stone: Mr Rossetti I have a piece of advice for you: Learn to paint.

      • Mr Stone: Mr Millais, when you came to us as an eleven year old I could see you were destined for great things.

        John Millais: Thank you.

        Mr Stone: But by aligning yourself with these pavement artists you arouse the Academy's utter disgust.

      • (Rossetti and Walters discuss finding a model)

        Dante Rossetti: She has to be both ordinary and extraordinary.

        Fred Walters: I think you'll find she is all of those things.

      • Fred Walters: This was the happiest day of my life.There I was, me, Fred Walters, a close acquaintance of the three most radical and celebrated painters of their generation,The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

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