Trailer: Poldark Season 5 set for July release
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Poldark will return this month for its fifth and final season.
Based on the seventh and eighth of Winston Grahams’ novels, the period drama once again sees the return of Aidan Turner as the brooding Cornish hero Ross Poldark, alongside Eleanor Tomlinson as Demeleza Poldark and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan.
The Poldarks look forward to life together in peace, but a plea from Ross’s old Army Colonel, Ned Despard (Vincent Regan), compels him to the capital. As Demelza manages their affairs in Cornwall she encounters disenchantment and a new opponent, Tess (Sofia Oxenham). George, meanwhile, struggles to engage with the world and it falls to Cary (Pip Torrens) to expand the family empire – as Valentine (Woody Norman) struggles to find his place within it.
Arriving in London, Ross finds a city gripped with paranoia, and is determined to save Ned from the conspiracy that imprisoned him. Meanwhile, George enters into an alliance with the merchant behind Ned’s imprisonment, Ralph Hanson (Peter Sullivan), whose business is in upholding the slave trade. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Charles (Freddie Wise) decides to follow in Ross’s footsteps and enter the military – but also finds himself drawn to Cecily Hanson (Lily Dodsworth-Evans), Ralph’s daughter.
As George’s grief leads the Warleggans into uncharted and worrying territory, Ross discovers a grave plot and is urged to heroism, while Demelza is forced into action herself back at home.
Season 5 premieres at 9pm on Sunday 14th July on BBC One, wit episodes arriving weekly. Here’s the trailer:
Watch: Poldark Season 2 trailer
6th August 2016
Poldark Season 2 returns this September – and now the BBC has given us a taste of what’s in store for Aidan Turner’s hopefully topless hero.
The second season will premiere on BBC One on 4th September, seeing Poldark return to settle his differences – but at what cost?
Adapted by Debbie Horsfield from the novels by Winston Graham, Season 2 arrives just as filming begins on an already-commissioned Season 3.
Here’s the trailer:
Poldark will return for a third season
6th July 2016
Poldark will return for a third season, the BBC has announced.
The period drama, starring Aidan Turner, was a hit for the BBC when it launched last year, not least because of the lead actor’s ability to brood convincingly and take his top off at the same time. Viewers swooned, media headlines went into overdrive and the show pulled in around 8 million people for each episode.
Viewership peaked with 9.4 million viewers across TV and iPlayer, contributing to a record quarter for the BBC, with the channel posting its highest ratings share (25.2 per cent of viewers in peak times) for the first three months of year in a decade.
The show went on to win the Radio Times Audience Award at the 2016 TV BAFTAs, with a second season promptly ordered by the BBC. Now, before that second run has even aired, the Beeb has commissioned a third run.
The 10 new episodes will be adapted again by Debbie Horsfield from the novels by Winston Graham, with filming set to commence just as Season 2 hits our TV screens.
Production company Mammoth Screen confirmed today that Horsfield will be writing further episodes of Poldark, which will be filmed in even more stunning locations across Cornwall and Bristol, for transmission in 2017.
Mammoth Screen Managing Director Damien Timmer says: “Poldark is a passion project for all of us, and it’s with real excitement that we prepare for both the launch of series two and our return to Cornwall to shoot series three. Winston Graham and Debbie Horsfield’s extraordinary flair for storytelling means the saga of Ross, his friends and enemies will go to even more thrilling places!”
Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Executive Producer for the BBC, addss: “Series two promises to take the audience on another fantastic rollercoaster ride and we’re thrilled to know that the story won’t end there. It’s a testament to Debbie’s brilliant storytelling and the passion of the Mammoth team that Poldark will be returning for a third series, with yet more twists and turns for these much-loved characters.”
The third season will be produced by Roopesh Parekh (The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses, And Then There Were None) and Michael Ray and directed by Josh Agnew (Mr Selfridge, Law & Order:UK) and Stephen Woolfenden (Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them). Debbie Horsfield continues to serve as executive producer alongside Tom Mullens, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.
The announcement arrives as the Beeb continues to place an emphasis on its BBC One original dramas, with the all-at-once release of shows such as The Living and the Dead on BBC iPlayer designed to compete with the increasingly prestigious drama productions from rivals Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. The creation of ongoing dramas is key to that, too, as box sets become the blockbuster franchises of the small screen. The recent launch of BBC Store, meanwhile, allows the BBC capitalise on the resulting demand from viewers to catch up with the first season of the show.