This time round, Aidan Turner takes the lead as Ross Poldark, and the actor may be best known to viewers as Mitchell from BBC’s Being Human, and as Kili in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, which came to a finale last Christmas with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Poldark returns to England after fighting in the American Revolution. His family and friends thought he was dead. The woman he hoped to marry is now engaged to his cousin. His father is dead, and the property he has inherited has been allowed to deteriorate. It is the late 1700s in Cornwall, England.
This is a family drama, but is also about the challenges and conflicts between the rich and the poor. It is a time when fishermen are not catching much fish, tin and copper mines are closing down because prices are too low, but the price of food and rents are high. Ross faces the challenge of making his land productive, caring for the tenants who rely on him, and trying to win back the woman he loved – or finding a reason to live without her.
Poldark also stars Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Kyle Soller and Ruby Bentall. It’s directed by Edward Bazalgette and William McGregor, and is written by Winston Graham and Debbie Horsfield.
More info is available on the BBC Poldark website.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image. And yes, it’s made by ITV for the BBC!
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