If you like historical period dramas, one of the best shows out there is ‘Poldark’ by BBC One. Created by Debbie Horsfield, the show follows the life of the titular character, Ross Poldark, after he returns to Cornwall in England following the end of the American War of Independence. The show is based on English novelist Winston Graham’s novel series of the same name, which comprised 12 novels that were published in two phases – between 1945 and 1953; and between 1973 and 2002. Interestingly, BBC had also adapted the first seven novels into a television series earlier – the first series, comprising the first four novels, had aired between 1975 and 1976, and the second series, comprising the next three novels, aired in the autumn of 1977.
Thus, the current ‘Poldark’ show is the second attempt by the BBC to adapt the novels into a television series, and so far, things are going well. Season 1, which is an adaptation of the first two novels, aired on March 8, 2015, and was received positively by critics and audiences. Understandably, BBC wasted no time in renewing the show, and Seasons 2 and 3, comprising the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth novels, aired on September 4, 2016, and June 11, 2017, respectively. Subsequently, BBC announced a fourth season, which focused on the seventh novel in the series, and premiered on June 10, 2018. In September 2018, BBC One announced that filming for the fifth and final season of the show had begun, and fans are now eagerly awaiting news on Season 5.
Poldark Cast: Who’s in it?
Being a historical period drama that spans quite a few years, the show has quite an extensive list of characters.
The titular character and protagonist, Ross Poldark, is played by Aiden Turner, while Eleanor Tomlinson plays Demelza Carne, who later marries Ross and becomes Demelza Poldark. As far as the antagonists are concerned, Jack Farthing plays the role of Ross’ arch-nemesis George Warleggan, and Heida Reed plays Ross’ first love Elizabeth Chynoweth, who eventually marries George and bears two children with him.
Other major characters who get significant screen time are Zacky Martin (played by Tristan Sturrock), Prudie (played by Beatie Edney), Dr. Dwight Enys (played by Luke Norris) and his wife Caroline Enys (played by Gabriella White). Additionally, there’s an extensive list of supporting and episodic characters who populate the show. We expect almost all major characters to return in Season 5.
Poldark Plot: What is it about?
Broadly speaking, ‘Poldark’ chronicles the life of Ross Poldark, a British Army officer who returns home to Cornwall following the conclusion of the American War of Independence in the late 18th century. On his return, Ross learns of his father’s death and finds his family estate in ruin and in debt. Further, Ross also learns that his first love and fiance, Elizabeth Chynoweth, is betrothed to his cousin.