Preview: 6 Things to Look Forward To
Whether your first exposure to Poldark is star Aidan Turner (he of the dark tousled curls and the chiseled jaw), or the beloved original 1970s version, you're sure to get hooked on the new reboot of Poldark, premiering Sunday, June 21 on MASTERPIECE on PBS! For newbies and original series devotees alike, check out these six things to look forward to in Poldark.
1. Aidan Turner
The Irish veteran of the UK series Being Human and The Hobbit films, quips, "I’ve done the holy trinity. I’ve played a vampire and a werewolf and a dwarf….And as much fun as it is—it was great!—it was nice to play a human being." As the all-too human Ross Poldark, he gallops along the mighty cliffs of Cornwall, broods over lost love, and works the fields with gusto, smoldering all the while!
2. Love Triangle
There's Elizabeth, Poldark's ravishing and refined childhood sweetheart. There's Demelza, the fiercely independent street urchin turned kitchen maid. And at the darkly passionate center of the triangle is Ross Poldark, torn between the two.
3. Dramatic locations
Cornwall's wild, wind-swept moors and dizzying clifftops, backlit by the sparkling sea, rival star Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark) in their breathtaking, romantic ruggedness!
Pompous, wig-bearing baddies count money and plot hostile takeovers. They're self-made, they're wiley..they're the Warleggans.
5. Pride and Prejudice
Our hero, Ross Poldark, is principled non-conformist who could be undone by his Darcy-ish pride. Our heroine, Demelza, is the victim of prejudice. (And, in a delightfully different P&P connection, Eleanor Tomlinson, the actress who portrays Demelza, recently starred as Georgiana in Death Comes to Pemberley on MASTERPIECE.)
6. What Viewers Loved in the Original Series
…Including the original Ross Poldark, Robin Ellis, as Reverend Halse! Ellis, star of the 1975-1977 series, was so famous that at the series' height, he was mobbed, Beatles-style, by crazed fans. In addition to their original swashbuckling, swoon-worthy heartthrob, the Poldark reboot shares source material (the novels of Winston Graham); dramatic Cornish landscapes; and all the thrills and romance of the 1970s classic.