The story of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood group of 19th century British painters is to be made into a TV drama, the BBC has announced.
Desperate Romantics will dramatise the activities of the group of painters, poets and critics.
They rebelled against the art establishment of the time by creating a blend of Christian spirituality and veiled eroticism.
The "colourful and rude gang drama" will be screened on BBC Two in 2009.
The BBC says the six-part series will show the men striving to find fame, fortune and "quite a bit of sex along the way".
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood formed in 1848 as a reaction to what they saw as the historical painting of the Royal Academy.
Executive producer Kate Harwood said: "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."
A BBC spokeswoman said the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were like "the boy band of the 19th century".