If you were on Twitter this past weekend, you may have noticed quite a bit of chatter about a new Poldark miniseries starring Being Human (UK)'s Aidan Turner. The 8-part series is airing weekly now on the BBC in the U.K. and will debut as part of PBS's Masterpiece Theater in the U.S. this June. Whether you're watching each week now or anticipating its release in your neck of the woods, we hope you'll enjoy this preview of the show (with fond comparisons to the books and to the original TV series—which you can read all about in our 2011 post “Romp & Circumstance: Poldark”—so please be aware there could be minor plot SPOILERS).
In the 1970s, a fever took the British nation. Poldark fever, to be precise. Robin Ellis took the lead part in this original BBC series, and it kept the nation riveted to its armchair for an hour every Sunday. Everyone said that the show couldn’t be bettered, that nobody should ever try, and this seemed to be borne out by an attempt at a revival by ITV in 1996. It became a cult. Mothers sent their children to bed early so they could drool over Robin Ellis in peace. Fans dressed up, and although this was years before conventions really got under way, they still met to re-enact their favourite scenes.
However, these are different times, and in 2015, a new Poldark (also from BBC) has the nation at it again—especially the female part. Twitter caught fire last Sunday after the second episode aired, and the new version threatens to become every bit as popular as its predecessor.
Originally Poldark was a series of novels by Winston Graham about his beloved Cornwall in the late eighteenth century. The central character is Ross Poldark, home from the American Wars to discover his father has died and the estate he has inherited is in disarray. Oh, and the woman he loves, Elizabeth, is about to marry his cousin Francis.