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

Zoë Tapper

Zoë Tapper

Effie Ruskin

Recurring Role

Amy Manson

Amy Manson

Lizzie Siddal

Recurring Role

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