I was surprised how much I enjoyed it
- Poldark: Series 1 review by RP
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.
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