Desperate Romantics – BBC Series Review
Although the historic accuracy of the events is loose, Desperate Romantic allows the viewer to feel how it was to live in London in the mid-19 century. For that alone it is a great pleasure to sit and watch this BBC production, that is splitted into six 1-hour long episodes.
It is a story based of the lives and works of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and consists of artistic and machoistic jelousy that tears the brotherhood apart, if it ever really existed as such. Tom Hollander (Rev.) is excellent in the role of the art patron they all wish to have, each for himself.
Since I didn’t care much for any historic truth, I enjoyed a lot from this series, which allowed me to meet Dickens in a dark corner (“he’s a big fan of the girls”), and also to get a better look at the work in progress of some of the groups’ better known masterpieces, such as Ophelia by John Millais, The Awakening Conscience by William Hunt, or Venus Verticordia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The relationships between the artists are interesting and full of passion, but the most interesting was their relationship with their art, and their art models, their muses.
It’s a fantastic piece that every art lover would easily fall too, and even without the whole truth it tells us a lot about the lives of the artists in London, in the times before Saachi & Saachi. Brilliant.