After the last two episodes of drawn out court room action it almost feels as if the second series can now begin properly. There were some excellent moments, not least the brilliant performance from Kyle Soller as Francis whose fatalism becomes more pronounced with every scene. So far it’s fabulous to have John Nettles aboard but we remain unconvinced so far about Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Penvenen.
In episode 3 Ross plans to expand Wheal Leisure and persuades the other shareholders to invest in a new tunnelling scheme. Meanwhile, Unwin Trevaunance decides that he will plant his political flag by cracking down on lawlessness, particularly smuggling. Demelza continues to hide her pregnancy from Ross, believing that he does not want the child.
With the interest now due on the promissory note Ross secured from Pascoe, Ross and Demelza have to find £400. Jud is attacked for recanting his testimony in court and left for dead. Ross accepts Francis’ invitation to spend the Harvest festival at Trenwith, united now by a shared hatred of George Warleggan.
Francis reveals to Ross he has £600 set aside which he plans to invest in mining. Dr Dwight Enys is called to Killewarren and discovers that Caroline has a fishbone lodged in her throat. He removes it, impressing her, but on his way home discovers that George has acquired more shares in Wheal Leisure.
Later, Elizabeth reveals that George gave Francis the £600, making Ross suspicious as to George’s purpose. Demelza overhears the pair flirting before going to bed where Ross joins her. They argue and Demelza reveals that she is pregnant.
UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 18 September 2016 at 9.00pm
Writer: Debbie Horsfield / Director: Will Sinclair
Series: Poldark Season 2 Episode 3
Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark
Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza
Caroline Blakiston as Aunt Agatha
Beatie Edney as Prudie
Jack Farthing as George Warleggan
Luke Norris as Dwight Enys
Heida Reed as Elizabeth
Kyle Soller as Francis
Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Penvenen
John Nettles as Ray Penvenen
Phil Davis as Jud Paynter
Hugh Skinner as Unwin Trevaunance
Sebastian Armesto as Tankard
Richard Hope as Harris Pascoe
Michael Culkin as Horace Treneglos
Nicholas Reed as Geoffrey Charles
John Hollingworth as Captain Henshawe
Tristan Sturrock as Zacky Martin
Henry Garrett as Captain McNeil
Turlough Convery as Tom Harry
Patrick Ryecart as Sir Hugh Bodregun
Ed Browning as Paul Daniel
Sally Dexter as Mrs Chynoweth
Crystal Leaity as Margaret