Desperate Romantics

Season 1
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London, 1851. The city is in the throes of the industrial revolution. However, amongst the dirty red bricks and smoke stacks are four young, thrill-seeking artists. Collectively, this talented but volatile band are known as the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood's quest for artistic immortality takes them into some of the lewdest, darkest and funniest corners of the city.
Starring
Samuel BarnettSam CraneTom Hollander
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English [CC]
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  1. 1. Episode 1
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    July 21, 2009
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    Some artists want lasting fame. Some want money. Others want sex. The Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood want all of it. These ambitious young men are out to rock the art world with a style of painting that is, according to them, more true, real and heartfelt than anything seen for three hundred years.
  2. 2. Episode 2
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    July 28, 2009
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    With the help of their new friend, journalist Fred Walters, the brotherhood have caught the attention of the pre-eminent art critic of the day, John Ruskin, and they now have to persuade him to buy their work. John Millais sets about rustling up a 'masterpiece' to show Ruskin and he chooses Lizzie to sit for it. But their whole world comes crashing to a halt when Lizzie falls ill.
  3. 3. Episode 3
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    August 4, 2009
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    The youngest and most talented member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, John Millais, delights in having landed the influential John Ruskin as his new patron. However, he soon realizes that this patronage comes at a price when it becomes clear that he is expected to sleep with Ruskin's wife. Rossetti only sees the benefits of his friend's predicament but Millais is torn.
  4. 4. Episode 4
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    August 11, 2009
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    While Hunt is far away in the Holy Land, Fred sets out to fulfil his promise to look after Annie and prevent her from getting up to mischief. But Annie proves too hot to handle: before Fred knows what's what, she has seduced him. Rossetti, meanwhile, receives an encouraging visit from Ruskin who, with Millais no longer on his books, is looking for a new protégé.
  5. 5. Episode 5
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    August 18, 2009
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    Rossetti and Lizzie revel in their new-found status and wealth, acquired courtesy of Ruskin's generous patronage. Swept up in a whirlwind of late-night partying and debauchery, they forget about their art, leaving Ruskin less than impressed.
  6. 6. Episode 6
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    August 25, 2009
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    Rossetti and Lizzie return from their honeymoon ready to settle into conventional married life. However, Millais soon proposes the idea of an artistic colony for the Brotherhood and their wives. Meanwhile, Hunt sets out to win back Annie Miller, hoping to persuade her to move into the colony, and Fred is brutally honest with Lizzie with devastating consequences.

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Directors
Diarmuid Lawrence
Producers
Ben Evans
Season year
2009
Network
BBC
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Drug usefoul languagesexual contentnudityviolence
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