September 10, 2018 — The fifth and final season of Poldark began filming this week in Cornwall, Bristol, and surrounding areas. (Season 4 begins airing on MASTERPIECE on PBS Sunday, Sept. 30, 9/8c. Want to have access to all Season 4 episodes the night of premiere? Eligible local station members with PBS Passport will be able to watch! Learn more about PBS Passport.)
Karen Thrussell, Executive Producer for Mammoth Screen, said: “At Mammoth we’re all fans of the Poldark books and we hope our audience will continue with us on the next stage of the journey. We are confident that fans of the novels will appreciate the care with which Debbie Horsfield is continuing to adapt Winston Graham’s saga. This will be the last series in the Poldark chronicle…for now. Who knows what the future may bring.”
The Poldark saga, created over 12 novels by Winston Graham, has been adapted into four successful television seasons so far. Season 4 is based on the seventh Winston Graham novel The Angry Tide. But Graham left a 10-year gap before the eighth novel, The Stranger from the Sea, begins. So what will be ahead for Poldark in Season 5? Deborah Horsfield, who has written every episode of all four seasons, hints at what awaits in Poldark‘s next and final chapter.
“In The Stranger from the Sea Winston Graham made many references to developments that happened in the ‘gap’ years”, Horsfield said. “Much can also be inferred. There are, of course, also historical events and people of the time, both in Cornwall and in London.”
Andrew Graham, son of Poldark author Winston Graham and series consultant on behalf of the Winston Graham Estate, says: “No-one can know what my father would have felt about the forthcoming series, let alone what he might have written. However, Debbie Horsfield has demonstrated such an extraordinary affinity with his work and shown such remarkable skill in bringing his Poldark characters to the screen that we know we are in safe hands.”
In addition to the beloved cast regulars, a number of new cast members will join Poldark for Season 5, including: Lily Dodsworth Evans (Genius), Kerri McLean (Electric Dreams) and Sofia Oxenham (Grantchester). Vincent Regan (300), Peter Sullivan (Entebbe) and Freddie Wise (Maleficent 2). The specific parts they are playing have not yet been disclosed.
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