Are you already missing the romantic adventures of Outlander’s Claire and Jamie Frasier? If the answer is yes, PBS and Masterpiece have a treat for you.
Poldark, an all-new version of the vintage Masterpiece series Sundays, June 21 – August 2, 2015 at 9pm ET on PBS.
The handsome Irish actor, Aidan Turner (Mitchell on Being Human and Killi in The Hobbit) stars as Captain Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin.
Poldark is a gorgeous love story set in windswept Cornwall in the late 1700s. Returning from war, the dashing captain faces financial ruin, romantic betrayal, and a golden opportunity that only he sees.
A Glorious Classic is Beautifully Remade
A remake of the 1970s series that helped launch Masterpiece, the glorious new Poldark was a runaway hit in the UK and garnered reviews such as the following: “A beautifully filmed Sunday night romp,” said The Times(London), and from the Guardian: “You need look no further for your next guilty pleasure.”
Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark will galloped across your TV screens again, vexing villains and winning female hearts. This thrilling new version has all the action, adventure, and romance of the original, plus even more spectacular Cornish scenery and rousing local color.
A ratings hit when it aired on the BBC, Poldark was warmly received by the British press:
“An intoxicating cocktail of lusty romance and historical drama, set among the crashing ocean waves and savage beauty of Cornwall” (Mail on Sunday); “A beautifully filmed Sunday night romp”–The Times
“An absolute must-see” –TV Times
“You need look no further for your next guilty pleasure.” — The Guardian
Also starring is Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the fiery servant Demelza, a strong-willed miner’s daughter who runs away from home and finds refuge in Poldark’s enlightened household.
In a special appearance, Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in Masterpiece’s original adaptation, plays Reverend Halse, the village’s sin-obsessed parson.
Also appearing are Phil Davis (Bleak House) and Beatie Edney (Inspector Lewis) as Jud and Prudie Paynter, Poldark’s comical hired hands; and Jack Farthing (Poirot) as George Warleggan, a rapacious young businessman who challenges everything the principled Poldark stands for.
Poldark is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham, published in 1945. All 12 novels are subtitled A Novel of Cornwall and trace the fortunes of a landed, mine-owning family in windswept Cornwall two centuries ago.
Poldark opens in Virginia in 1781, when Captain Poldark’s regiment is ambushed by the local militia fighting for independence. After the war and with a scar across his face as a souvenir, he goes home to Cornwall, where his real struggle begins.
Everyone assumes Poldark has been killed in action. And he might as well be dead, since his inheritance from his father is almost worthless, Elizabeth has forsaken him, and all the local gentry urge him to leave the region to make his fortune elsewhere.
How little they know of this headstrong adventurer!
Poldark immediately goes to work paying off his father’s debts, repairing his property, and reopening his abandoned copper mine, which either holds his salvation or his ruin. And he finds someone just as impulsive as he is to share the twists and turns of this eventful new life.
No wonder that viewers voted the original Poldark series one of the top ten programs in Masterpiece’s first 35 years. Now a new generation can delight in the exploits of a romantic hero like no other. Be sure to tune in, Sundays, June 21 – August 2, 2015 at 9pm ET on your local PBS station.
Get your first look at Poldark‘s key characters [Slideshow]