93% Rotten Tomatoes
Based on The Poldark novels
Composer(s) Anne Dudley
Network BBC One
Created by Debbie Horsfield
Written by Debbie Horsfield
First episode date 8 March 2015
|Starring Aidan Turner
Awards British Academy Television - Radio Times Audience Award, National Television Award - Impact Award
Cast Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Jack Farthing, Kyle Soller
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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.
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.
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.