Filming begins this week in Cornwall on BBC One’s hugely popular <strong>Poldark</strong> reboot, better still the second season will see an increased episode count from 8 to 10.
The series when it aired earlier this year was an immediate hit and like the original 1970’s BBC version – turning star Aidan Turner major heart-throb in the process. Websites devoted page after page to his shirtless scenes as Ross and his romantic machinations with the fiery Demelza and Elizabeth (the girl who married his cousin Francis whilst Ross was away fighting in America).
Turner was keen to step back into Ross’s leather boots saying “I love playing Ross Poldark, I can’t wait for it to kick off again.” All of the regular cast are returning including Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza and Heida Reid as Elizabeth. Good news too for the fan of the original series with Robin Ellis (the original Ross) will reprise his first season role as the Reverend Halse.
There will be some new characters too as the Penvenens enter the fray. John Nettles is to play Ray Penvenen, one of the wealthiest men in the county, whilst Gabrielle Wilde will play his niece Caroline Penvenen who likes to play to her own rules. Also new to the series is Hugh Skinner as Unwin Trevaunance who quickly sets his cap at Caroline.
The action begins in 1790 and there is a building on the events of season one – George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) is still out to steal Ross’s mines from him and Ross is still struggling with his feelings for Elizabeth and the pair are drawn closer together when Ross joins forces with Francis in a new mine project a part of a bid to be free of the Warleggan for good.
Adapter Debbie Horsfield is keen to do justice to the third and fourth books in Winston Graham’s Poldark series saying “it will be another rollercoaster ride for the Poldarks”.
With filming expected to take place at various locations across Cornwall and Bristol for the next few months, the second series of Poldark will on BBC One in 2016.