The new Poldark TV series starts on BBC1 on Sunday 8 March 2015 at 9pm. The Poldark series is an adaptation of stories written by Winston Graham and is a tale set in Cornwall of love, loss, regret and revenge in a Cornish mining community.
The original Poldark series was shown 40 years ago, from 1975-1977, when 15 million viewers would watch on a Sunday night for their weekly fix of this very popular period drama series.
The new Poldark series has been entirely recast – but the original actor who played Poldark, actor Robin Ellis, has a cameo role in the new Poldark as a judge.
Sadly, one actor, Warren Clark died shortly after filming finished.
Can Poldark still captivate viewers? Unfortunately, the Cornish accents have been dropped, to minimise complaints from viewers about not being able to hear what the actors are saying.
The lead character, Aidan Turner, has previously played The Hobbit, a 3-part fantasy film. Aidan was born in 1983, in Dublin, Ireland.
Set in the late 1700s in Cornwall, when Ross Poldark returns to England after fighting in the American Revolution, his family and friends thought he was dead and the woman he hoped to marry is now engaged to his own cousin. He discovers his father has died and the house he was to have inherited has been left to rot. The story follows Ross as he fights to make the lives of locals better, he reopens a tin mine to improve incomes and industry and all against a backdrop of trying to regain the heart (and hand) of the woman he loves. But there’s a twist!
The lead role of Ross Poldark is played by Aidan Turner – he has not seen the original series as he felt he didn’t want to be intimidated by its success; he intends to watch it once the 2015 version of Poldark has been aired.
There is a Memorial Bench dedicated to Winston Graham on the cliffs at Perranporth, where he lived from 1925 to 1959: Winston Graham.
For American viewers, they’ll have to wait another three months, but PBS Channel will be showing Poldark in the US from June 2015: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/poldark/ PBS, Poldark, June 2015