Poldark returns for series three this Sunday. If you’ve never had the pleasure, here’s what you’ve been missing…
Warning: contains spoilers for Poldark series one and two.
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Welcome to eighteenth century Cornwall, land of sumptuous landscapes, confusing personal pronouns and Captain Ross Poldark. The bearer of an ancient name and a tousled mane, Poldark’s the hero around this way. (Well, he is until series two episode seven, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves).
Known variously as Ross, Mr Ross, Mr Ross Sir, Cap’n Poldark, ‘that classless ruffian bringing shame upon his family name’ or ‘ee with t’alluring scar who can blast us tin-mine any time ee choose’, depending on who’s addressing him, Poldark is cut from typical Byronic cloth. He’s a gentleman rebel given to fits of
Period dramas Poldark and Victoria will not go head to head this year after the BBC confirmed that the new series of its epic adaption of Winston Graham’s novels will air in June rather than the autumn.
Some viewers were not amused last September when the BBC1 and ITV rivals clashed on Sunday nights, with even Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays Poldark’s wife Demelza, saying afterwards that it was “a real shame” as it “split the audience”.
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Adapted by Debbie Horsfield from novels by Winston Graham, Poldark follows a handsome captain Ross Poldark who, after fighting in the American War of Independence, returns to Cornwall to take over his father’s mine. Yet he’s met with a different Cornwall to the one he left behind: the population is starving due to falls in the price of tin – the region’s largest export.
The third season of the series, based on Winston Graham’s novels and adapted for TV by Debbie Horsfield, follows Captain Ross Poldark (played by Aidan Turner) and his wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) during the French Revolution in 1794.
Stateside, Poldark airs on PBS. Season 2 is set to premiere sometime this fall.
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BBC One has ordered a ten-episode, third season of its Aidan Turner-led period drama "Poldark," months before the second season goes to air. Debbie Horsfield will adapt the new episodes from the novels by Winston Graham. Filming is imminent with a 2017 airdate eyed. Set in 1794, the French revolution casts a shadow over life in Cornwall in the new season which also stars Eleanor Tomlinson, John Nettles, Gabriella Wilde and Hugh Skinner. [Source: Deadline]
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BBC One's period drama has returned to Cornwall to film the 10 episodes set to air in 2016, and it probably won't be long before he has an excuse to take his top off.
Eleanor Tomlinson is also back as Demelza Poldark, while Midsomer Murders star John Nettles has joined the cast as one of the county's wealthy landowners.
The second run will be set in 1790 against the backdrop of "riot and revolution in the air", and also introduces other key characters from Winston Graham's 18th century series.
You can leave your hat on, Ross. Filming is now underway on the new series of #Poldark! pic.twitter.com/O8JHklv9l4
— BBC One (@BBCOne) September 7, 2015
Turner said: "I love playing Ross Poldark and am proud to be a part of this production.
But rumours that the BBC has renewed its sweeping period drama through 2020 are just that - rumours.
Though media reports claimed that Poldark had been re-commissioned for a further five series, a BBC spokesperson has told Digital Spy that there is no truth to the claims.
But don't sulk if you're a fan of Ross - the second series is expected to run for 10 episodes, two more than the first, so chances are you won't be short-changed on shirtless action.
The first series adapted two of Winston Graham's original novels, leaving 10 more Poldark books to be tackled - so the show certainly doesn't lack for source material.
"It is impossible to predict these things, [but] it does continue, the books are there," series lead Aidan Turner said back in April.
When the Us cable channel Starz first announced it was adapting Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander novels, I was conflicted. On one hand, I tore through Gabaldon’s high-octane mix of love, war, time travel and 18th-century Scottish history in two feverish days as a student in the mid-90s. On the other, it was hard to imagine how its inimitable mix of hot Highland flings and deep peril was going to play out on screen.
Like Winston Graham’s Poldark novels, these are books you read at a gallop, caught up in the story and, yes, I’ll admit it, somewhat in the grip of lust, for Gabaldon’s strapping Highland hero Jamie and for the woman he loves,
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