Poldark and its dreamy star Aidan Turner are on their way back to the BBC, and now we now the exact date series two of the show begins.
The upcoming ten-episode run of the romantic, Cornwall-set period drama, which previously drew in 9.5million viewers, begins on September 4. Cancel everything and dump your real-life boyfriend NOW.
Aidan is currently in line to become the next Bond, but seeing as there is also a third series of the popular programme planned, we doubt he’ll be running off to battle Blofeld just yet.
The story looks set to run and run, and Elizabeth Kilgarriff, the executive producer of Poldark, previously told The Guardian: ‘Series two promises to take the audience on another fantastic roller coaster ride and we’re thrilled to know that the story won’t end there.’
We’ve already learned that John Nettles, Gabriella Wilde and Hugh Skinner are joining the cast, and we’ve seen the first official picture from the second series, which shows Ross Poldark proudly posing on a horse – fully-clothed.
Indeed, Poldark’s writer Debbie Horsfield previously revealed Ross won’t be getting his kit off in this new series, or at least that we won’t be seeing him doing much topless scything. Sigh.
Whether this will dent the popularity of the 18th-century-set drama, also starring Eleanor Tomlinson as Poldark’s former maid and new wife Demelza, remains to be seen.
Many await “Poldark” season 2. As pictures from the upcoming season have made their way online, a synopsis from the upcoming season has released some real good information about what fans can expect from it. Going by the synopsis, Ross Poldark’s future does not look bright at all.
In the previous season, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) started to build his life from scratch after he discovered that everything his father or family ever owned was no more. He was stripped of his love Elizabeth who got engaged to his cousin. He practically owned nothing except for the house he lived in.
He started to venture out, started his mine, fell in love again and tragedy hit him when his daughter died and he was convicted for some crime. According to the synopsis, the upcoming season will only add to these problems, as Ross will have to further face new challenges laid in front of him.
CarterMatt reported that according to the synopsis, Ross must fight once again for his mines and for his freedom. George Warleggan desperately tries to steal his mine and get him hanged as a revolutionary. Going by the troubles Ross is in, it now will depend on his wife Demelza to get him out of trouble.
Also, since the Poldark cousins (Ross and Francis) are down with debt, they unite themselves against George Warleggan to start a mine, which is free of him. The synopsis, however, added another angle to the story. It stated that Ross and Elizabeth’s feelings for each other will also pop up and this time it will be hard for them to repress it.
With what happened in the previous season one finale, hopefully, the Poldark family will be able to find some stability and there will not be as much deaths as there was in the previous season.
The Week added what “Poldark” star Aidan Turner said about the upcoming season. According to the Irish hunk, season two will be huge. This time around, fans will be able to enjoy ten episodes instead of previous season’s eight episodic run.
Apart from the mega success of “Poldark,” Aidan Turner has also been hailed as one of the top contenders for the role of James Bond. However, nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
By Meghan O’Keefe
June 21, 2015 // 9:00am
A few years ago, an absorbing soap opera about the drama going on in a massive Yorkshire estate in the 1910s and 1920s took the world by storm. Downton Abbey renewed mainstream America’s interest in British costume drama and introduced us all to the Crawley clan. But Downton Abbey is almost over. So, what British export can hope to take its place in our collective Yankee hearts? Based on what we’ve seen, Masterpiece‘s latest series, Poldark, might just be your new summer obsession.
The original Poldark crossed the pond in 1975 and became one of Masterpiece’s first massive American hits. The story — which is based on Winston Graham’s Cornwall novels — has been compared to everything from Gone With The Wind to Pride & Prejudice. It’s a sweeping saga about a lovable gentleman rogue named Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner). Young Captain Poldark returns home from the Revolutionary War to discover that everything he loved is lost. How will he rebuild? Can he rebuild? Will he forever pine after his childhood love? Or will the earthy Demelza (Elinor Tomlinson) turn his head? Poldark tackles all this and more.
If that hasn’t sold you, here are five reasons why we suspect Poldark might be the next Downton Abbey.
Even though Downton Abbey still has at least one season to go, England has already moved on. “Poldark fever” is an actual thing that gripped Brits this spring. The season finale had nearly 6 million viewers. What does that mean? It means that 1 in 4 Brits who were watching TV were watching it. For bigger context, those are akin to stateside Game of Thrones numbers. Poldark is a ratings smash and it might just have the juice to make the leap stateside.
As American television keeps pushing the boundaries of storytelling, it also seems to be pushing the boundaries of taste. Everything has to be dark, gritty, shocking, bloody, and sometimes appalling. While you can expect grim nihilism from HBO shows, don’t look for it in Poldark. It’s old-fashioned, straight-forward storytelling with a hero whose biggest foe is his own pride. The cinematography is glorious, the acting superb, and the characters are all shockingly earnest. I mean, the bad guys are a family of miserly bankers called the Warleggans, for goodness sake. The show’s one fault might be how simple it is, but then, it’s so well-done and absorbing that watching it feels like you’re cozying up to an old familiar friend.
The biggest British crossovers usually have wonderful writing, fantastic acting, one dashing heartthrob. Poldark’s hunk is its criminally good-looking lead, Aidan Turner. You might recognize Turner for his work on the cult hit Being Human or as Kili, the hot dwarf who flirted with Evangeline Lilly in The Hobbit movies. Playing Ross Poldark is Turner’s “Darcy moment.” In fact, there’s a moment in episode three that rivals Colin Firth’s legendary wet shirt scene in Pride & Prejudice. A shirtless Captain Poldark is seen reaping wheat in a field with a scythe and it was enough to almost melt British twitter. Will it be enough to melt your heart? (WELL, I HOPE SO. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?)
Part of Downton Abbey’s success is its focus on its brilliant female characters. Lord Grantham might rule over Downton Abbey, but it’s Lady Mary, Anna, and the Dowager Countess we tune in for. Poldark doesn’t just take its name from its charismatic leading man, but from the entire Poldark clan. There’s Elizabeth Poldark (Heida Reed), Ross’s elegant childhood love torn between her love of Ross and her duties to her husband, his feckless cousin, Francis. Then there’s Verity Poldark (Ruby Bentall). She’s as true, courageous, and honest as her name would suggest. Finally, there’s the feisty street urchin-turned-kitchen wench, Demelza Carne (Elinor Tomlinson). She lends the show its passionate heart and is the program’s romantic heroine.
It’s Yet Another Romantic Masterpiece From ‘Masterpiece’
One of the things I love most about PBS’s Masterpiece is that I know it will never let me down. It’s constantly cherry-picking the best television that Britain has to offer and Poldark is no different. In fact, Poldark might be my favorite Masterpiece offering in quite some time. The show is about the tensions that boil between old and new, rich and poor, and the future and the past. It’s about how drama erupts when people succumb to fear, pride, and jealousy.
Most of all, it’s about how love has the power to light us through our darkest days. If you’ve ever fallen for a Mr. Darcy, a Heathcliff, a Horatio Hornblower, or a Jamie Fraser…then Ross Poldark will capture your heart. And if you have a soft spot for tempestuous upstarts like Elizabeth Bennet, Scarlett O’Hara, Jane Eyre, or Claire Randall… then you’re really going to like Demelza. And if you like streaming amazing quality entertainment for free, you’re going to love watching it on your PBS app after it premieres tonight. [Watch Poldark on PBS]