Desperate Romantics

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode 2

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 28, 2009 on BBC Two
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In order to impress Ruskin the Brotherhood need to paint a "masterpiece", a task taken up by John Millais.He starts to create a piece called Ophelia, using Lizzie Siddal as his model, a move that angers Rossetti who believes she is his muse and his work will be no good without her.Off on his own Hunt sets about making his own painting using a street girl called Annie Miller as the model.
Hunt struggles with his conflicting religious beliefs and desires when he falls for Annie's charms.That is not the only thing the Brotherhood have to worry about, however, as Lizzie falls critically ill while sitting for the Ophelia painting, something Millais fails to notice as his thoughts wander towards Effie Ruskin, wife of John.The diagnosis of pneumonia throws the whole project, and the Brotherhoods chances of fame, into turmoil, however Rossetti is only concerned about the woman he loves.moreless

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    Aidan Turner

    Aidan Turner

    Dante Gabriel Rossetti

    Rafe Spall

    Rafe Spall

    William 'Maniac' Holman Hunt

    Samuel Barnett

    Samuel Barnett

    John Millais

    Sam Crane (II)

    Sam Crane (II)

    Fred Walters

    Tom Hollander

    Tom Hollander

    John Ruskin

    Josie Farmiloe

    Josie Farmiloe

    Charlotte Siddal

    Guest Star

    Georgie Glen

    Georgie Glen

    Mrs Ruskin

    Guest Star

    Polly Kemp

    Polly Kemp

    Mrs Siddal

    Guest Star

    Jennie Jacques

    Jennie Jacques

    Annie Miller

    Recurring Role

    Zoe Tapper

    Zoe Tapper

    Effie Ruskin

    Recurring Role

    Amy Manson

    Amy Manson

    Lizzie Siddal

    Recurring Role

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      • John Millais: Mr Stone.Mr Ruskin.I am proud to be a member of the Brotherhood.Without them there would be no Ophelia.Ophelia is just the beginning.Myself and Mr Hunt and Mr Rossetti here are about to change the world.

        Dante Rossetti: Well, well.The boy's balls have finally dropped, huh?

        (Millais faints)

        William Holman Hunt: Perhaps not, Gabriel, perhaps not.

      • (Discussing the Ophelia painting)

        Reporter: Miss Siddal? You nearly died modelling for this painting.Was it a sacrifice worth making?

        Lizzie Siddal: My passion is art.When the artist is as great as John Everett Millais, it doesn't become a model to interrupt.

        Reporter: Even when she is freezing to death?

        Lizzie Siddal: By the time I was freezing to death, I was too cold to talk anyway.So what appears to be dedication may just have been biology.

      • Dante Rossetti: You do realise your life is going to change forever, don't you?

        Lizzie Siddal: It already has, my love.It already has.

      • (Speaking of Dante Rossetti)

        Fred Walters: Look at me, grateful for every scrap of attention I get from the man.A man who yet again gains the benefit of my own effort to better myself.Not content with his own abundant good luck, he seems to have taken my share as well.

      • (Addressing Dante Rossetti and Fred Walters)

        Mr Siddal: Get out the pair of you! You've as good as killed my daughter.Out of my house and never come near again, else as God's my judge, I shall run you through with my own steel!

      • Mr Siddal: My daughter...my beautiful Lizzie...aristocratic by birth...lying in open water...in a second hand dress!

        Fred Walters: It wasn't exactly open water.

        Mr Siddal: Well, lets hope it's not exactly fatal pneumonia, then shall we?

      • Charlotte Siddal: Is it Fred or is it Millais?

        Lizzie Siddal: Is what Fred or Millais?

        Charlotte Siddal: The reason you can't sleep.

        Lizzie Siddal: Both Fred and Millais are sweet boys.But it isn't either of them.

        Charlotte Siddal: So it's as I feared.It is Rossetti.

        Lizzie Siddal: You don't know the man.

        Charlotte Siddal: I know he is not to be trusted.I knew that the moment I laid eyes on him, with his wild hair and strange clothes and that insistant stare.

        Lizzie Siddal: You have just listed three of the reasons why I may just love him.

      • Fred Walters: The first time I laid eyes on Miss Siddal, I noticed that looks she had.That looks of a lover driven mad by unrequited love.

        John Millais: Quite.

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