Set in and among the alleys galleries and flesh-houses of 19th-century industrial London Desperate Romantics follows the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood a vagabond group of English painters poets and critics. A relationship drama from the perspective of this iconoclastic group of dysfunctional male romantics the series follows their lives and relationships as they shamelessly scheme and strive to find fame fortune and success as well as love and sex along the way.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Among the alleys, galleries and flesh-houses of 19th-century London, a group of young artists crash through Victorian society. Calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, they might present a real threat to the art establishment – if lust, poverty, jealousy and rivalry don’t tear them apart first… They are three talented and good-looking young bucks, thrill-seeking and on-the-make, on the grubby streets of London. But these are no punk rockers, this is 1851 and these lads-- Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Millais – are among Britain’s most celebrated artists. Styling themselves as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, they declare their irreverent genius to the artistic establishment as frequently and as loudly as they can. Unfortunately for them, only one man seems to be listening: Fred Walters, a shy hanger-on who ingratiates himself with them by locating the “perfect model” – flame-haired Lizzie Siddal, a hat-shop assistant. Young, naive and high on laudanum, the Brotherhood manage to affront polite society with their lewd behaviour, but can they produce the work that will exemplify their revolutionary stance? And, as they encounter success, failure, love and rejection, can they overcome their own personal doubts and demons? Special Features AN INTERVIEW WITH FRANNY MOYL DESPERATE ROMANTICS - A PORTRAIT: A Behind the scenes featurette
All six episodes of the BBC period drama series depicting the turbulent lives of four young artists in mid-19th century London: William Holman Hunt (Rafe Spall), John Millais (Samuel Barnett), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Aidan Turner) and Fred Walters (Sam Crane). Against the backdrop of the industrial revolution, the young men's quest for artistic freedom and immortality takes them into some of the lewdest, darkest corners of the city. Along for the ride is free-spirited redhead Lizzie Siddal (Amy Manson) - but just how much is she really risking to associate with this dangerous bunch?