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Tuesday 18 August
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If nudity in TV dramas gives you an attack of the vapours, then you'd better stick your head out of the window for the duration of Desperate Romantics, because there's an awful lot of rollicking, stripped-for-action rumpy-pumpy. That most of these scenes involve the dashing Aidan Turner as priapic Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti is no bad thing, of course. And they are funny, too; Rossetti is an incorrigible romantic, falling for the ample charms of a voluptuous, terrifyingly vigorous prostitute. But Rossetti is a bounder who's promised to the winsome but insecure Lizzie Siddal, increasingly off her face on laudanum and prey to the uncomfortable attentions of the creepy and manipulative John Ruskin. Rossetti's betrothal means little, though, when he sets eyes on the comely Jane Morris, wife of William, of flowery wallpaper fame. After dithering at the start, I'm completely won over by Desperate Romantics. It's roisteringly entertaining and Peter Bowker's larky script bowls along very nicely. I love it!
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