Poldark (2015 TV series)
|Created by||Debbie Horsfield|
|Based on||The Poldark novels|
|Written by||Debbie Horsfield|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||21 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Mammoth Screen
|Picture format||16:9 1080i|
|Original release||8 March 2015– present|
Poldark is a British-American drama television series that was first broadcast on BBC One on 8 March 2015. The first eight-part series (aired in seven parts in the USA) was based on the first two Poldark novels by Winston Graham, adapted by Debbie Horsfield and directed by Edward Bazalgette and Will McGregor. An earlier television series of the same name was based on Graham's first four Poldark novels, broadcast by BBC One between 1975 and 1977.
On 8 April 2015, the BBC announced that a second series had been commissioned which premiered on 4 September 2016. The BBC announced on 6 July 2016, before series 2 had begun, that a third series had been commissioned.
In the late 18th century, Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his Cornish copper mines after spending three years in the army to avoid charges of smuggling. When he gets home, he finds his father dead, his estate in ruins, and his old sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin Francis. He rescues a young woman, Demelza, from a beating, and takes her on as a kitchen maid while trying to help the people of the village and attempting to gain control of the mines sought after by his rival, the greedy and arrogant George Warleggan.
- Aidan Turner as Captain Ross Poldark
- Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza Poldark (née Carne)
- Ruby Bentall as Verity Blamey (née Poldark)
- Caroline Blakiston as Aunt Agatha
- Christian Brassington as Reverend Osborne Whitworth (series 3)
- Ellise Chappell as Morwenna Chynoweth (series 3)
- Warren Clarke as Charles Poldark (series 1)
- Phil Davis as Jud Paynter (series 1–2)
- Beatie Edney as Prudie Paynter
- Jack Farthing as George Warleggan
- Sean Gilder as Tholly Tregirls (series 3)
- John Nettles as Ray Penvenen (series 2–3)
- Luke Norris as Dr Dwight Enys
- Heida Reed as Elizabeth Poldark Warleggan (née Chynoweth)
- Harry Richardson as Drake Carne (series 3)
- Kyle Soller as Francis Poldark (series 1–2)
- Josh Whitehouse as Hugh Armitage (series 3)
- Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Enys (née Penvenen) (series 2–)
- Tom York as Sam Carne (series 3)
|Series||Episodes||Originally aired||Average UK viewers
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||8 March 2015||26 April 2015||8.11|
|2||10||4 September 2016||6 November 2016||6.94|
|3||9||11 June 2017||6 August 2017||TBA|
Series 1 (2015)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers
|1||1||"Episode 1"||Ed Bazalgette||Debbie Horsfield||8 March 2015||9.51|
|Ross Poldark, a British veteran of the American War of Independence, returns home to Cornwall to discover his father has died. He calls at his uncle's home to discover his inheritance in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth betrothed to another—his cousin Francis Poldark. Having sold some of his family's possessions, he goes to market and comes across an urchin, Demelza Carne, being attacked by ruffians who want to steal her dog. Demelza has left home after being beaten by her father. Ross's uncle tries to persuade him to leave Cornwall; Ross becomes more determined to stay and work his inheritance.|
|2||2||"Episode 2"||Ed Bazalgette||Debbie Horsfield||15 March 2015||8.74|
|Bailiffs are closing mines, putting hundreds out of work. Ross hopes to go into business with Francis to reopen a mine, but Francis declines after tensions between him, his wife Elizabeth, and Ross are fanned by business rival George Warleggan. Ross manages to obtain financing for his mine from other businessmen. At a dance, Ross's spinster cousin, Verity, falls in love with disgraced sea captain, Captain Blamey. Ross assists her to meet Blamey secretly, against her father's wishes, leading to a duel between Francis and Blamey. When Francis is wounded, Elizabeth announces that she is pregnant.|
|3||3||"Episode 3"||Ed Bazalgette||Debbie Horsfield||22 March 2015||8.42|
|Ross opens his mine and the search begins for a vein of copper. Elizabeth bears a baby son, but her relationship with her husband deteriorates. Young employee Jim Carter, whom Ross helped when Jim's girlfriend was pregnant, continues to poach pheasants after they are married and is caught red-handed; his punishment is transportation, and Ross's pleas for leniency result in two years' imprisonment despite Jim and Ross's hopes for acquittal. Rumours circulate as to Ross and Demelza's relationship, and her father, now a reformed character, demands that she return home. Ross and Demelza become lovers. Feeling she is in an impossible position, Demelza decides to return to her family, but Ross goes after her, and they marry.|
|4||4||"Episode 4"||Ed Bazalgette||Debbie Horsfield||29 March 2015||8.29|
|The gentry and locals are shocked by Ross and Demelza's marriage; his judgment is questioned when he seeks more financing from his shareholders for his mine. Ross' uncle, Charles Poldark, has a heart attack and on his deathbed asks Ross to look after his family, realizing that Francis is not cut out for business. Verity, still pining for Captain Blamey, comes to stay and teaches Demelza the finer points of society, so that she is able to make a good impression when she and Ross are invited for Christmas to Francis and Elizabeth's home. The occasion, initially strained, is spoiled by the arrival of the uninvited Warleggans. Copper is finally discovered in Ross's mine, and Demelza announces to Ross she is pregnant; Ross finally tells her he loves her.|
|5||5||"Episode 5"||William McGregor||Debbie Horsfield||5 April 2015||7.56|
|Ross's friend, Doctor Enys, arrives to study lung disease in miners. Demelza gives birth to a girl. George Warleggan buys shares in Ross's mine. Low copper prices from the smelting companies force the mine owners to secretly organize their own smelting company with Ross in charge. Demelza tries to organize a reunion between Verity and Captain Blamey. Mark, one of Ross's workers, falls in love with a travelling player, Keren, who has expectations that outweigh his means. Francis, deeply in debt from his mismanagement of the mine, gambling, and spending on prostitute Margaret, finally gambles his mine. He loses, forcing its closure.|
|6||6||"Episode 6"||William McGregor||Debbie Horsfield||12 April 2015||7.68|
|Mark's new wife, Keren, sets her sights on Dr Enys. Deadly jail pestilence sweeps Bodmin Jail, and Ross and Dr Enys illegally remove Jim Carter to unsuccessfully treat his fever. The Warleggans hold a ball at which Demelza blossoms, while a drunken Ross becomes involved in a card game with the judge who incarcerated Jim Carter and the gambler who took Francis' mine. Verity is horrified when Captain Blamey also attends the party, and she is forbidden to see him again. George Warleggan discovers where the mine owners have been secretly smelting their copper.|
|7||7||"Episode 7"||William McGregor||Debbie Horsfield||19 April 2015||6.84|
|Verity elopes with Captain Blamey, and Francis blames Ross. George Warleggan, seeking to undermine Ross's smelting operation, returns some of the money out of which Francis was cheated when gambling with Warleggan's cousin. In return, Francis gives George the identities of Ross's partners, most of whom owe money to the Warleggans, and George then calls in their debts. Dr Enys is seduced by Keren, who is then confronted by a distraught Mark about her infidelity, with tragic consequences. After learning of Francis' anger towards Ross, Demelza confesses her part in Verity's elopement, and Ross realises how Warleggan has gained the information to bankrupt his business partners.|
|8||8||"Episode 8"||William McGregor||Debbie Horsfield||26 April 2015||7.86|
|Warleggan's plan to close Ross's smelting company comes to fruition when the company is outbid for the available copper. George Warleggan celebrates by buying a ship. An epidemic of putrid throat (diphtheria) strikes down peasants and gentry alike, including Francis, Elizabeth, and their son. Demelza goes to their aid, and she and her own baby, Julia, also contract the disease. This results in Julia's death and Demelza's lengthy illness, though she recovers with the help of Dr Enys. Warleggan's ship is wrecked off the coast of Ross's land, and starving mine workers descend upon the vessel, with Ross's connivance, to take food and to plunder the cargo. Ross rescues the surviving passengers and crew, and takes them to his home. George's cousin Matthew died in the wreck, and Ross is arrested for murder and wrecking, leaving Demelza distraught.|
Series 2 (2016)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers
|9||1||"Episode 1"||Will Sinclair||Debbie Horsfield||4 September 2016||7.29|
|10||2||"Episode 2"||Will Sinclair||Debbie Horsfield||11 September 2016||6.88|
|11||3||"Episode 3"||Will Sinclair||Debbie Horsfield||18 September 2016||6.75|
|12||4||"Episode 4"||Will Sinclair||Debbie Horsfield||25 September 2016||7.13|
|13||5||"Episode 5"||Charles Palmer||Debbie Horsfield||2 October 2016||6.60|
|14||6||"Episode 6"||Charles Palmer||Debbie Horsfield||9 October 2016||6.72|
|15||7||"Episode 7"||Charles Palmer||Debbie Horsfield||16 October 2016||6.77|
|16||8||"Episode 8"||Charles Palmer||Debbie Horsfield||23 October 2016||6.94|
|17||9||"Episode 9"||Richard Senior||Debbie Horsfield||30 October 2016||7.10|
|18||10||"Episode 10"||Richard Senior||Debbie Horsfield||6 November 2016||7.19|
Series 3 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers
|19||1||"Episode 1"||Joss Agnew||Debbie Horsfield||11 June 2017||6.69|
|20||2||"Episode 2"||Joss Agnew||Debbie Horsfield||18 June 2017||5.97|
|21||3||"Episode 3"||Stephen Woolfenden||Debbie Horsfield||25 June 2017||TBD|
|22||4||"Episode 4"||Stephen Woolfenden||Debbie Horsfield||2 July 2017||TBD|
|23||5||"Episode 5"||Stephen Woolfenden||Debbie Horsfield||9 July 2017||TBD|
|24||6||"Episode 6"||Joss Agnew||Debbie Horsfield||16 July 2017||TBD|
|25||7||"Episode 7"||TBA||Debbie Horsfield||23 July 2017||TBD|
|26||8||"Episode 8"||TBA||Debbie Horsfield||30 July 2017||TBD|
|27||9||"Episode 9"||TBA||Debbie Horsfield||6 August 2017||TBD|
The series was one of the final commissions by former BBC One controller Danny Cohen. Filming began in Cornwall and Bristol in April 2014. The production company is Mammoth Screen.
Filming locations include the north Cornwall coast at St Agnes Head, which represents the 'Nampara Valley', and the Botallack Mine near St Just in Penwith, which is featured as 'Wheal Leisure', the mine that Ross Poldark attempts to resurrect. The beach of Church Cove, Gunwalloe on the Lizard Peninsula was used as a location for a shipwreck scene. Town scenes were filmed at Corsham in Wiltshire. and in Frome, Somerset. The underground scenes were filmed at Poldark Mine in Cornwall. Some interior scenes were shot at Prior Park College in Bath, Somerset. Charlestown near St Austell stood in for the city of Truro. Other film locations include Porthgwarra on the St Aubyn Estates, Porthcothan beach near Newquay, Bodmin Moor, St Breward, the coast between Botallack and Levant, cliffs in the Padstow area, Porthcothan near Newquay, Holywell Bay, Porthcurno, Kynance Cove, Predannack Wollas on The Lizard and Park Head near Porthcothan, all in Cornwall.
Filming for the ten episodes of series two commenced in early September 2015.
In the United States, the series began to be broadcast in June 2015 on PBS, shown as part of the series Masterpiece. Poldark commenced screening on ABC TV in Australia on 12 April 2015, and in New Zealand on 22 April 2015 on Prime. The series has also been airing since 2015 on the UK-based Persian language satellite television network Manoto 1 which beams into different areas in Europe and the Middle East for Persian speakers. It was shown on SVT in Sweden, first season autumn 2015, second season spring 2017, and on YLE in Finland, first and second season shown October 2016 to February 2017. And the series was also shown on NRK in Norway, starting September 2015.
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