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BBC Drama Production presents Desperate Romantics for BBC Two


BBC Drama today announces that Desperate Romantics, a 6 x 60-minute drama, has been commissioned from BBC Drama Production for BBC Two for transmission in 2009/10.

 

Set in and among the alleys, galleries and flesh-houses of 19th-century industrial London, Desperate Romantics follows the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a vagabond group of English painters, poets and critics.

 

A relationship drama from the perspective of this iconoclastic group of dysfunctional male romantics, the series follows their lives and relationships as they shamelessly scheme and strive to find fame, fortune and success, as well as love and quite a bit of sex along the way.

 

Desperate Romantics is written by Peter Bowker, whose credits include Blackpool, The Canterbury Tales (The Miller's Tale) and ShakespeaRe-Told (A Midsummer Night's Dream).

 

This colourful and rude gang drama from BBC Drama Production will be executive-produced by Kate Harwood, Controller, Series and Serials, BBC Drama Production.

 

Joint executive producer is Franny Moyle, whose factual book of the same name will be published this year.

 

The series is being produced by Ben Evans (Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!, Fear Of Fanny, Curse Of Comedy).

 

Kate Harwood says: "Basically, it's Entourage with easels. Desperate Romantics paints a modern, vivid and irreverent portrait of this group of painters whose attitude to the establishment makes them comparable to the punks a hundred years later.

 

"I'm delighted that BBC Drama Production continues to surprise with our diverse dramas, ranging from the recent BBC Two hit House Of Saddam to forthcoming productions including A Short Stay In Switzerland starring Julie Walters."

 

Desperate Romantics will film in London from early 2009, and casting and further production appointments will be announced shortly.

 

Desperate Romantics was commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction, and Roly Keating, Controller, BBC Two.

 

This year has been successful for BBC Drama Production with highlights including the Curse Of Comedy season on BBC Four, giving the channel its highest viewing figure for The Curse Of Steptoe.

 

The critically acclaimed Criminal Justice starring Ben Whishaw proved to be a huge hit with BBC One viewers, and last week House Of Saddam debuted to a healthy 2.9 million BBC Two viewers and rave reviews.

 

Autumn 2008 sees a bonanza of new productions, including Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Little Dorrit, Survivors and the return of Silent Witness.

 

BBC Two drama viewers, who recently enjoyed Burn Up, will welcome the return of Heroes later this year, as well as a raft of diverse productions, including Einstein And Eddington starring David Tennant and Andy Serkis; Margaret starring Lindsay Duncan; My Zinc Bed starring Uma Thurman and Jonathan Pryce; and A Number starring Tom Wilkinson and Rhys Ifans.

 

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Category: TV Drama; BBC Two
Date: 07.08.2008
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