In the last few years the BBC have shown how good they are at making programmes that have been more quirky and 'out of the box'. When you think of Rome or Larkrise to Candleford you know where I am coming from. What the writer of this series, Peter Bowker has done is made something that is highly entertaining, informative, based on fact but with a little licence taken, such as was done with the brilliant Casanova  [DVD].
Rossetti, Hunt and Millais were the main members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as shown here, but there were others. Combining fact with fiction and adding some humour this series will hopefully make people more aware of the art that has been produced in this country over the years and may even encourage people to look deeper into our history.
Today where we see some absolutely bizarre things that are promoted as art it seems funny to us that back in the nineteenth century these artists could cause such a stir in the art world by these paintings, which to us are not shocking or even obscene. What the Brotherhood set out to do was revitilise the Royal Academy and art in this country and in that process they also became superstars.
With brilliant casting and great writing this series is not only highly interesting but also fantastic entertainment. I would recommend this to anyone and also Franny Moyle (an executive producer of this series) has written a great pop art history book that gives a more factual approach to the Brotherhood which makes a great accompaniment.