One of the BBC’s great strengths is making costume drama. This Sunday evening at nine o’clock sees its latest production.
It is a new version of the first two books in the Poldark series of twelve novels written by Winston Graham and originally published between 1945 and 2002.
The BBC made two series of Poldark based on the first seven novels between 1975 and 1977. HTV less successfully dramatized the eighth novel with an entirely new cast in 1996. Although this new version has a completely different cast again, the original Ross Poldark – Robin Ellis – will be making an appearance in two episodes as the Rev. Halse.
This serial also sees the final TV appearance of Warren Clarke – famous from many productions – as Charles Poldark. Aunt Agatha is played by Caroline Blakiston who was in the original version of TV’s most famous Saga – the Forsyte Saga back in 1967! This Poldark has been scripted by Debbie Horsfield and will run for eight episodes. If it is popular more of the novels might be adapted in future. Set in 1783, Ross Poldark has returned to his home in Cornwall after having taken part in the American War of Independence.
He is shocked to discover that his father has passed away and his estate - Nampara – is facing difficulties. Not only that, but his sweetheart, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), is due to be married to his cousin Francis (Kyle Soller).
Uncle Charles is keen for his nephew Ross to leave Cornwall permanently, but for various reasons Ross is determined to stay. Also in the first episode Ross meets Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) who is going to play an important part in his life. And so begins an epic story where the scenery of Cornwall has an important part to play in the action.