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Episode 4

Desperate Romantics Episode 4 of 6

While Hunt is far away in the Holy Land, Fred sets out to fulfil his promise to look after Annie and prevent her from getting up to mischief. But Annie proves too hot to handle: before Fred knows what's what, she has seduced him. Hunt returns from the Holy Land none the wiser and is in fact so taken with Annie's improved deportment and education under Fred's care that he asks her to marry him.

Rossetti, meanwhile, receives an encouraging visit from Ruskin who, with Millais no longer on his books, is looking for a new protege. Rossetti is so excited by the prospect of Ruskin's patronage that he finally pops the question to Lizzie, who is as delighted with his proposal as Annie is with Hunt's.

In spite of newlywed Millais's smug insistence that in married life lies true happiness, both Hunt and Rossetti begin to waver at the prospect of what lies ahead. Could it be that Hunt prefers the idea of Annie the whore to that of Annie the wife? Is Rossetti capable of taking on responsibility and a conventional role in life? Fred watches on as his friends start to panic, but can he hold his own nerve and keep his affair with Annie a secret from his friend 'Maniac' Hunt?

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59 minutes

Last on

Thu 25 Mar 2010 22:55


Role Contributor
William 'Maniac' HuntRafe Spall
Dante Gabriel RossettiAidan Turner
John MillaisSamuel Barnett
Fred WaltersSam Crane
John RuskinTom Hollander
Lord RosterleySamuel West
Lizzie SiddalAmy Manson
Annie MillerJennie Jacques
Mr StonePhil Davis
Mr StonePhil Davis
Mr SiddalIan Puleston-Davies
Mrs SiddalPolly Kemp
Charlotte SiddalJosie Farmiloe
Mrs GerardRichenda Carey
Executive ProducerHilary Salmon
Executive ProducerHilary Salmon
Executive ProducerFranny Moyle
Executive ProducerFranny Moyle
ProducerBen Evans
ProducerBen Evans
DirectorDiarmuid Lawrence
DirectorDiarmuid Lawrence
WriterPeter Bowker
WriterPeter Bowker
Mr ChadwickMark Benton
Charles DickensMark Heap
Effie RuskinZoe Tapper
DirectorPaul Gay
MargaretMaimie McCoy
MadameKath Burlinson

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