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The fine art of seduction.

A MIX of fact and fiction are woven together in a new period drama for the BBC called Desperate Romantics which profiles the rebellious and licentious Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

With Aidan Turner taking the role of the playboy Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the rebellious youths will be sure to wield their boyish charm over even the stoniest of female viewers. Although their primary dedication is to reform the world of art in Victorian England, their romantic sensibilities are indulged by various hedonisms.

Model Lizzie Siddal has captured the attention of shy Fred Walters, who lives in hope of being accepted into the group. However, confident Casanova Dante also has her in his sights.

Broken hearts, lust and jealousy threaten to rip the group to shreds - not to mention the poverty which haunts them in their everyday life.

But a glimmer of hope shows itself in the form of John Ruskin, art critic extraordinaire, who embodies the possibility of fame and fortune for the group of dreamers.

With their painting their method of winning the interest and approval of such a hard taskmaster, the group must pool their efforts, although their fun-loving unbridled attitude is sure to attract many a distraction.

Desperate Romantics is on BBC Two Wales at 9pm on Tuesday

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BROTHERS IN ART: Samuel Barnett, Sam Crane, Aidan Turner and Rafe Spall
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 19, 2009
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