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This weekend, you may have seen the gorgeous Aidan Turner steaming up your TV screen as Mitchell the vampire in BBC AMERICA’s latest hit drama, Being Human.

Turner has another show that just started this week in the UK, Desperate Romantics, which is “set in and among the alleys, galleries and flesh-houses of 19th-century industrial London” and “follows the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a vagabond group of English painters, poets and critics.”

Sounds like pretty arcane stuff. Thankfully, it’s written by Peter Bowker, the man behind Viva Blackpool (starring a pre-Doctor Who David Tennant), and Desperate Romantics looks more sensuous than PBS-artsy. Here’s the trailer for Episode 2.

Of course, it helps that Desperate Romantics features the dishy Irishman, Mr. Turner. He’s a remarkable find, isn’t he? Colin Farrell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers look out.

A few clips of him from Being Human:

In other news:

  • An ex-marine asks Gordon Ramsay to “step outside” on Hell’s Kitchen.(Daily Mail)

  • Will Amy Winehouse have Michael Jackson‘s ghost to thank if she straightens herself out?(MTV)
  • Rachel Weisz has earned rapturous reviews for playing Blanche DuBois in a West End production of A Streetcar Named Desire.(Daily Mail)
  • Eddie Izzard plans to run 1,000 miles – 30 miles a day for seven weeks – for a Sport Relief charity.(Daily Mail)
  • A contestant from the UK’s Big Brother, who was recently evicted from the program, was rushed to the hospital last week after “slashing” his wrists. The Times reports, “The student union president, who was widely disliked by viewers, is understood to have been watching an episode of the show when he became upset.”
  • Unknown London band The Third Degree have done a really vintage-sounding cover of Duffy‘s “Mercy.” The Daily Telegraph‘s Andrew Perry says, “Where Duffy’s original offered a glitzy, contemporary twist on Sixties soul, the Third Degree render Mercy in a vintage, near-purist northern soul style. The instrumentation and production are so authentic that it sounds like some long-lost R&B classic from 45 years ago. You’d almost believe that this was the original version.”
  • Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme says Alex Turner‘s lyrics made him want to work with the Arctic Monkeys. “I was sucked in at first by the lyrics. Alex sounded like a rare poet playing music – he has a special gift for the gab.”(NME)
  • The super-klutzy Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson has suffered yet another onstage injury while performing at Madison Square Garden, “jumping between the barrier and the stage, breaking a rib in the process whilst the band had been playing.”(NME)
  • Was Father Ted overrated? Feck no, I say!(Guardian)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.