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Poldark Series 1 DVD Review

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Acorn Media USA / Region 1 / Released March 2, 2010

ONE OF OUR top ten favourite shows Poldark is just a fabulous slice of costume drama and it finally makes a very welcome episode by episode DVD appearance this month. Robin Ellis is Captain Ross Poldark who returns to his wealthy Cornish home after the American War of Independance to find his estate in ruins and Elizabeth (Jill Townsend) the woman he loves married to someone else – who just happens to be his own cousin and best friend Francis (played by Clive Francis).

Ross is determined to restore the family name and estate back to its rightful standing but he immediately crosses swords with the despicable George Warleggan (a superb Ralph Bates) who has a long standing hate-hate relationship with Poldark. Meanwhile he takes in urchin girl Demelza (Angharad Rees) with whom he quickly becomes romantically entangled (and quickly has a child with) despite still harboring hopes of winning back Elizabeth. Ross also needs to get the family Tin mine back into operation (after buying it back that is).

Based on the best selling novels by Winston Graham, Poldark is incredibly good. Taking classic themes of love, tragedy, revenge and betrayal and adding a real romantic depth to the stories Poldark completely sweeps you off your feet and draws you in to the world of this 18th century Cornish squire. The series turned Robin Ellis into TV’s biggest star overnight and there is a wonderful playfulness and natural feel to the relationship between Ross and the tell it like is Demelza. We guarantee if you watch the first episode you will be watching the other 15 in very, very quick succession.

Strong casting, a wonderful period atmosphere and classic storiesmake Poldark an unmissable joy. The four disc set features every episode from the first series and we for one are very much looking forward to the arrival of series two. Extras on the set include background information on Cornwall and cast filmographies.

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