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Poldark Premieres on ABC1 on Sunday 12 April at 8.40pm

Romantic period drama fans will need to lock in the next 8 Sunday nights as the ABC fast tracks BBC-1’s excellent re-boot of 1970’s classic Poldark. Just midway through it’s UK run the series is garnering critical plaudits as well as strong viewing figures. So much so that it has just been given a second season.

The series stars Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza Carne with Robin Ellis, who played Ross in the first television adaptation of the Poldark novels making a couple of cameos as no nonsense judge Reverend Halse.

When the series begins Ross has returned to his beloved Cornwall after three years fighting in the American War of Independence to discover that his father has died, his estate is in ruins and the woman he loves Elizabeth (Heida Reed) is set to marry his cousin, Francis (Kyle Soller).

Unsure of whether to leave his home estate Nampara for a fresh start or to stay and try and make a turn around Ross takes on new kitchen maid Demelza – a decision that will change his life for ever.

Poldark is written by Debbie Horsfield and based on the novels by Winston Graham. Executive producers are Horsfield, Karen Thrussell, Damien Timmer, Polly Hill and Rebecca Eaton.