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

Zoë Tapper

Zoë Tapper

Effie Ruskin

Recurring Role

Ian Puleston-Davies

Ian Puleston-Davies

Mr Siddal

Recurring Role

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