Millais, Rossetti, Hunt, and "Fred"
After two marathon nights of viewing, regrettably I can give only a mixed review of BBC's six episode mini-series about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Desperate Romantics. It started off great, focusing on the friendship of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and a fourth fictionalized friend Fred along with their love interests, Lizzie Siddal, Fanny Cornforth, Effie Gray, and Annie Miller. All of these characters were brilliantly realized and acted, offering convincing portrayals of our favorite bohemian bad-boys and their gals (as well as the sexually repressed, if not downright perverted Ruskin). Rossetti in particular, portrayed by Aidan Turner, was mesmerizing....who couldn't fall for this charming roue´? I hope we see him again soon.
Lizzie posing as Ophelia in tub
Rossetti and Ruskin
Hunt posing in front of the hideous "Scapegoat" (one gal's opinion).