Desperate Romantics

Desperate Romantics is a six-part British television series of the BBC. She plays at the time of the 19th century industrial London and is about the Präraffaelitschen Brotherhood. The first broadcast took place from 21 July to 25 August, 2009 on the television channel BBC Two.


Fred Walters, the Präraffaelitschen Brotherhood ( Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt) in front of the perfect model. This he found in the young and beautiful Lizzie Siddal. Rossetti immediately takes a liking to the very pretty girl. He hopes through them to create a work of art with which it is famous right. But Fred Walters has fallen in love with Lizzie. This, however, says only for Rossettie and the two begin a romantic relationship. Lizzie learns to paint himself quickly and will soon be given more attention by the Kunkstkritiker John Ruskin as Rossetti, what this can be jealous. Again and again, the Brotherhood tried to get the attention of Ruskin to become better known with its support.


The TV series was by the book Desperate Romantics: The Private Lives Of The inspired Pre- Raphaelites by Franny Moyle. This worked on the television series as an executive producer. As a screenwriter, BBC Two was the award-winning Peter Bowker win. As for the historical accuracy of the television series, the producers have left some free space. For example, the figure of the narrator Fred Walters was reinvented. While the rates were still relatively good at broadcasting the first episode with 2.61 million viewers, the interest dropped from episode to episode more and more. The last episode wanted to see only 1.76 million viewers.



DVD Release

The complete series erschiem in the UK September 21, 2009 on DVD. In January 2010, she appeared in the Netherlands and Belgium, before she was released in North America on July 21, 2010.

Awards and nominations

Royal Television Society:

  • 2009: Nominated for Best Music, Original Titles ( Daniel Pemberton )

BAFTA Awards:

  • 2010: Nominated for Best Costume Design ( James Keast )
  • 2010: Nominated for Best Photography and Lighting ( Fiction / Entertainment) ( Alan Almond )