- Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza Poldark and Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark in “Poldark”
Photo: Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for MASTERPIECE
“Poldark” on Sunday, August 2 at 9 PM ET/PT on PBS
When Verity makes her move, Poldark is blamed and events spiral out of control. An epidemic leads to tragedy. A shipwreck is both a blessing and a curse.
Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of MASTERPIECE’s earliest hit series, Poldark. Now the gallant captain rides again in a thrilling new version with all the action, adventure, and romance of the original, plus even more spectacular Cornish scenery and rousing local color.
Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after
the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and
his true love is about to marry his first cousin.
Also starring is Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the fiery servant
Demelza, a strong-willed miner’s daughter who runs away from home and finds refuge in
Poldark’s enlightened household.
In a special appearance, Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in MASTERPIECE’s
original adaptation, plays Reverend Halse, the village’s sin-obsessed parson. Co-starring are Bleak House’s Warren Clarke as Poldark’s prosperous, duplicitous Uncle Charles; Ruby Bentall (The Paradise) as Charles’s tenderhearted daughter, Verity; Kyle Soller (The Hollow Crown) as Verity’s ineffectual brother, Francis; and Heida Reed (DCI Banks) as Francis’s fiancée, Elizabeth Chenoweth, the beautiful young woman who gave Poldark her ring as a love token before he left for America.
Also appearing are Phil Davis (Bleak House) and Beatie Edney (Inspector Lewis) as Judd and Prudie Paynter, Poldark’s comical hired hands; and Jack Farthing (Poirot ) as George
Warleggan, a rapacious young businessman who challenges everything the principled
Poldark stands for.
Poldark is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham. The first, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945; the last, Bella Poldark, appeared in 2002, the year before Graham’s death. All twelve are subtitled A Novel of Cornwall and trace the fortunes of a landed,
mine-owning family in windswept Cornwall two centuries ago.