It's 1783, and Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns home from the American Revolutionary War to a country in the grip of recession. His beloved Cornwall is on its knees. In his absence, his father has died, his land and mines have gone to ruin, and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth (Heida Reed) is engaged to his cousin Francis (Kyle Soller). Feeling betrayed by everything he loves, Ross tries to rebuild his life with a new business venture whilst finding an unlikely new love in Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson). However, he makes a powerful enemy in banker George Warleggan (Jack Farthing). Amid catastrophic losses, significant triumphs and shattered relationships, Ross must settle his differences once and for all, but at what cost?
I was surprised how much I enjoyed it
- Poldark: Series 1 review by RP
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My wife has discovered the 'Poldark' novels of Winston Graham. There are 12, the first four published between 1945-1953, the last eight between 1973-2002. The author died in 2003. [Aside: I think she's reading the 7th book ('The Angry Tide') in bed as I write this!]
We missed the recent (2015) 8-part BBC series on TV so I ordered up the box set and we watched it together in two massive sittings. And it's not bad - in fact it's pretty good, but then the Beeb always was good at historical costume drama. [Aside: It was produced by Mammoth Screen for the BBC, but the discs are distributed by ITV. Strange or what?]. This series covers the first two-and-a-bit books, so there's plenty of future material to go at.
My wife tells me that (perhaps inevitably) much of the detail in the books is missing from the TV series and that Demelza, the surprising bride of the dark, dangerous, handsome Ross Poldark, was first taken into his home as a child, rather than the young woman shown - but she tells me that otherwise it's a pretty good adaptation. I think I'll order up the 1975 series to compare...
It isn't my usual cup of tea, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed it - 5/5 stars.