Producer: Tony Coburn, Richard Beyon
Director: Roger Jenkins, Philip Dudley
POLDARK II/Episode 1/Intro by Alistair Cooke Good evening, I'm Alistair Cooke.
Tonight we begin a second series of Poldark. It's something, I think, that neither the producers nor the author anticipated when they put on the first one. So for once it can be truthfully said that they yielded to and were delighted by the popular demand. Winston Graham, the author, a modest man, was and he was amazed by this success as anybody. His novels had always had a loyal following of Poldark aficionados, but their exposure on television made millions of people see them as a kind of romantic, or a classic, along the lines of Ivanhoe or The Prisoner of Zenda.
Now let me remind you where we've been and where we are. Our hero, Captain Ross Poldark, had been having a very unprofitable time with his one remaining copper mine, and an even rougher time with his perpetual enemy, George Warleggan. Poldark had hopes of a new find, but it turned out to be Fool's Copper. And all he had left was a thousand-pound bond at the bank. Then he heard that the Warleggans had bought it and were about to foreclose. And in this penniless moment an anonymous client came through, advanced enough money to settle all the Poldark debts and to re-open the remaining mines.
So for the moment anyway Poldark is freed from the financial stranglehold of the Warleggans. It is now 1791 and Britain is not yet at war with France, but Poldark decided to join his old regiment, said farewell to Demelza, and goes off to fight a kind of guerilla skirmish against the French Revolutionary Army. And that's where we come in.
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