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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Poldark
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… Poldark

We British love our period dramas, but it’s fair to say that there aren’t many that have had the same impact as Poldark, the lavish adaptation of Winston Graham’s series of novels.

It follows Ross Poldark, who returns to his native Cornwall after fighting in the American Civil War to discover that his father is dead, his estate is in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth is engaged to another man. As the series goes on, we watch him struggle to cope with his lot back in England and to make a life for himself.

Starring Aidan Turner, best known for his roles in Being Human and The Hobbit, the show has been a ratings smash and a fourth season is already in production, but before all that there’s the small matter of the show’s third season hitting DVD shelves.

It's out now and available to  order on the right-hand side of the page, but to celebrate its release we thought we’d have some fun and present 10 things you probably didn’t know about Poldark...

 

The novels had been adapted once before…

Graham’s novels were first made for TV back in 1975, it ran for two series in all, with a total 29 episodes broadcast.

 

Not that Graham was all that keen…

Apparently, when the author saw the broadcast of the show first time round he was so enraged he tried to get the whole thing halted. His daughter Rosamund Barteau revealed that he hated the portrayal of his character Demelza, which made him hit the roof. She said: “Dad blew a gasket when he saw the first episode of the original series. He was so angry about the way they had changed Demelza into a floozy that he wanted to get the production stopped.”

 

And the star of the original plays a key role in the new edition…

Robin Ellis led the way in the original series but has a much smaller role this time around with the part of Reverend Halse.

 

No one else was considered for the role of Poldark…

You might have expected that Turner would face stiff competition for such a big role, but he was the only man considered. As he told the New York Post: “There was a knock on the door and the FedEx guy was there with the first two Poldark books and all eight scripts for the series. I thought, 'What on earth is this?' Then my agent calls and says there’s an offer for me to play the part of Ross Poldark. That had never happened to me before. It was surreal."

 

The show’s producer wasn’t sure Aidan Turner had enough sex appeal…

You’d have thought that sex appeal wouldn’t have been a concern for anyone making the show, but apparently, series producer Damien Timmer wasn’t so sure. He is reported to have asked, "Do you think women will find Aidan attractive?" when reviewing the early rushes for Poldark. Seems silly now...

 

All the mines and roofs are studio creations…

Most of the show is filmed on location in Cornwall, but unfortunately, there are some features of 18th-century landscape that have been lost over the years, meaning that filmmakers have to dabble in technology. So any mine you see and most of the show’s roofs are put in afterwards.

 

It was Warren Clarke’s final role…

After a distinguished career in acting, Warren Clarke sadly passed away in 2015, but not before he’d filmed four episodes of Poldark, playing Ross Poldark’s uncle Charles.

 

A pug was used to help cover up a pregnancy...

When actress Gabriella Wilde signed up for the role of Caroline Penvenen she had failed to tell producers that she was pregnant, leading them to take drastic action. If you see a lot of her carrying a dog, it’s to cover up her pregnancy. The dog’s name is Horace by the way...

 

One of the show’s earlier publicity shots dropped a big clanger…

Modern technology was a scourge in one of the show’s first publicity shots as it featured a shot of Aidan Turner stood in front of a house with a not very 18th-century burglar alarm box. It was swiftly corrected...

 

There are a lot more books to mine…

There are 12 books in all. We've got through five and a half of them for the series thus far, meaning there's plenty more to come then...

 

Series Two of Poldark will be released on Monday (November 7th) and is available to pre-order here from hmv’s online store.

 

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