Friday, 9 November 2018

The Official Poldark Calendar 2019 is Out Now!

The Official Poldark Calendar is out and what a delight it is!

It has lovely photos of our favourite characters on quality glossy paper. As well as several pictures of Ross and Demelza, a fashionably elegant Caroline and Dwight bring cheer to April  and Drake and Morwenna grace March and November. The baddies we love to hate are here too, with Monk Adderley for July and Ossie Whitworth, September. There's even a glorious centrefold of Ross and Seamus!

The calendar measures 305mm by 305mm and is available from Danilo NOW price £9.99 with free UK delivery.

And if that wasn't exciting enough, we've two calendars to be won in our Official Poldark Calendar Giveaway! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for details (sorry, UK only).

Thursday, 1 November 2018

On the Street Where Ross Lives

There I was last summer, watching  Poldark  and totally absorbed in series four, when suddenly I was brought back to reality by the sight of Ross (Aidan Turner) leaving his London home. Surely his lodgings were in what, back in 2009, we fans of Being Human called 'Becca's Alley'?

Now I know many of you have watched Being Human but, in case you haven't, 'Becca's Alley' is the location of a very important scene in the first episode of the show, where Mitchell (Aidan Turner) has to decide whether to save Becca's life. And now here was Ross Poldark striding out of his house right opposite the very spot where Becca had lain!

I was so convinced it was the same place that, on a recent trip to Bristol, I went to check it out. The passage itself is a private alley just by St. Nicholas Market and there, unmistakably, was Ross Poldark's house, just a pace away from where Becca had 'died'.

I wonder what went through Aidan's mind when he found out where Ross was living?

Site of Ross's lodgings on the left and Becca's death scene on the right.
Photo: Bristol Film Office

Jessica Harris, Aidan Turner and Russell Tovey in 'Becca's Alley'  Being Human S1 Episode 1

Aidan Turner and Russell Tovey in Being Human S1 Episode 1

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Looking for Ross Poldark's London Home

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Filming Begins on 'Poldark' Series Five

Filming began on the fifth and final series of Poldark this week and Official Poldark posted this adorable picture of the Poldarks and Prudie to celebrate. That this is the final series will come as no surprise to long-term readers of Poldarked as back in 2014 we posted that Aidan Turner (Ross) had given a five year commitment to the drama - it's just that none of us expected it to go so fast! And poor Prudie is still in the same costume!

Writer Debbie Horsfield ended months of speculation about series five by announcing it would fill in the ten year gap between the novels The Angry Tide (on which series 4 is based) and The Stranger from the Sea. She says: "In The Stranger from the Sea Winston Graham made many references to developments that happened in the 'gap' years. Much can also be inferred. There are, of course, also historical events and people of the time, both in Cornwall and in London. Series five will draw on all of these to follow the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes in this intervening period.”

It seems the series will be eight epsiodes long as Eleanor Tomlinson posted a picture of the scripts marked one to eight on instagram.

Series five welcomes two new directors: Sallie Aprahamian and Justin Molotnikov. Sallie, who is directing the first episode, also has the honour of directing the finale. Her recent credits include two episodes of the latest Dr Who which will air in October. You can follow her on Twitter @SallieAp.  Justin Molotnikov has also directed episodes of Dr Who (2015). Other credits include Lucky Man, Merlin and Atlantis.

Returning are cast members Aidan Turner (Ross) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) along with Jack Farthing (George Warleggan), Luke Norris (Dr Dwight Enys), Gabriella Wilde (Caroline Enys), Ellise Chappell (Morwenna Carne), Harry Richardson (Drake Carne), Tom York (Sam Carne), and Beatie Edney (Prudie).

The new cast members announced so far are:

Lily Dodsworth Evans: Lily's credits include White Colour Black which was in the Official Selection of the BFI London Film Festival 2016.  Here she is in a Green and Black's Chocolate advert from last year

You can follow her on Twitter   @Lil_DodsEvans  and on Instagram @lily_dodsevans/

Kerri McLean: Kerri is currently appearing as a surveillance officer in the hugely popular Bodyguard on BBC One. Previous credits include Unforgotten and Rellick. She is also a director and producer.

Follow Kerri on Twitter @kerri_mclean

Sofia Oxenham: Sofia will play Tess in Poldark. She has previously appeared in Grantchester.

You can follow her on Twitter @fiaoxenham and Instagram @foxenham 

Vincent Regan: Vincent's credits include The White Princess, Strike Back, The Royals and From Here to There. Like Eleanor Tomlinson, he hails from Beverley in Yorkshire and Eleanor is said to be 'delighted' at the prospect of Vincent joining the cast.

Vincent is on Twitter @vincentregan

Peter Sullivan: Recent credits of Peter's include Marcella, Strike and Entebbe

Follow him on Twitter @PeterTSullivan

Freddie Wise: Freddie graduated from the Drama Centre in 2017. He has appeared in Walt Disney Pictures Maleficent 2.

Give him a follow on instagram at @freddiewise1.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

US Preview Screenings of Episode 1 of 'Poldark' S4

Poldark series four premieres in the US on Sunday 30 September but some lucky fans can get to see the first episode days earlier at one of the preview screenings held by PBS stations. Here are some of them. Follow the links to register.

East Tennessee PBS is holding a free screening at Paramount Bristol, Bristol on Thursday 27 September at 7 pm (doors open at 6 pm).

KUED's free screening is on on Wednesday 12 September, 7 -9 pm at The Broadway Cinema, Salt Lake City, with competitions and a chance for pics with cutouts of Ross and Demelza.  RSVP by 10 September.

Nashville Public TV guests can pose for a photo with a life-size cutout of Ross at their preview on Thursday 13 September, 6 pm. There's also free admission to the Frist Art Museum.

Rhode Island PBS Studios, Providence,  has a free screening on Thursday 13 September at 6.30 pm, with refreshments and a special Poldark raffle.

WTCI-PBS has a free screening on Thursday 13 September 6 - 7.30 pm at The Palace Theater, Chattanooga.


Basin PBS has a free screening on Thursday 13 Sept. at 5.30 pm at the Midland Centennial Library, Midland

PBS Charlotte is holding a free screening with tea, scones and some Poldark trivia at Commonwealth Avenue, Charlotte on Monday 24 September at 10.00 am

East Tennessee PBS is holding a screening at Pollard Technology Conference Centre, Oak Ridge on Monday 24 September, 2.00 pm

Georgia Public Broadcasting's free preview is at Georgia PB, Atlanta on Sunday 23 Sept. at 4.00 pm

LakelandPBS have two free screenings: one at Bemidji on 20 Sept.  and one on 21 Sept. at Brainerd. Both start at 10.00 am.  RSVP 218-333-3018  or

LPB has a Poldark, Popcorn and Punch evening on Thursday 20 Sept. at 6.00 pm. The event at The Oaks of Louisiana, Shreveport is free.

Montana PBS's free screening is on Tuesday 25 Sept at 6.30 pm in Bozeman

WHRO is holding a free preview screening on Thur 13 September at 6.30 for 7.00 pm at WHRO TV Norfolk

WIPB-TV's free screening is on Wednesday 19 September, 7pm at Legacy Commons Event Hall,

WVPT/WHTJ PBS has a free preview on Friday 21 September 8 pm at the Paramount Theater, Charlottesville.

WHYY are holding a Poldark Premiere Party on Cruiser Olympia at the Independence Seaport Museum, Philadelphia. The party, which includes a preview screening, costs $50. Tickets for the screening only cost $15.  The party is on Wed 26 September at 6.00 pm

Friday, 17 August 2018

'Poldark' S4 Preview in Nashville

Nashville Public Television are showing the first episode of the new series of  Poldark at a free screening in Nashville.

The series four preview will be at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville on Thursday 13 September at 6pm.

The event is free but registration is required. You can sign up here.

Poldark returns to PBS Masterpiece on Sunday 30 September.

Related links:
Poldark S4 Preview Screening in Chattanooga
Poldark S4 Preview Screening in Utah

Friday, 10 August 2018

Poldark S4 Preview Screening in Chattanooga

WTCI-PBS are showing the first episode of Poldark series four at a free screening in Chattanooga, TN, USA.

The preview is on Thursday 13 September, 6.00 to 7.30 pm EDT at The Palace Theater, Georgia Avenue.
Follow the link to register for the screening.

Poldark series four premieres in the US on PBS Masterpiece on 30 September, 2018.

Related Links:
Poldark S4 Preview Screening in Utah

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Viewing Figures for 'Poldark' S4

The finale of Poldark series four was certainly a dramatic one and one that kept us glued to our TVs! 4.4 million watched it on the night (it won the 9pm slot), with a further million of us catching up during the week, according to Barb's seven day consolidated figures which do not include BBC iplayer. At 5.4 million it was BBC One's third most popular programme for the week 23-29 July, after Eastenders (5.8m) and Antiques Roadshow (5.7m).

Barb's seven day consolidated figures show the premiere of Poldark series four garnered an audience of six million and was BBC One's top show that week. Episode two was the most popular episode of the series (6.1m) and episode four the least watched (4.9m). On average, 5.6m people watched each episode, compared to 6.1m for series three and 7.6m for series one.  BBC iplayer figures will probably be available in the Autumn.

To give some context to the months of June and July in the UK,  the football World Cup took place during the weeks Poldark episodes two to six aired (though games were generally not being played when the show was on TV). The UK also experienced a heatwave during this period.

Poldark in Australia
Poldark series four aired in Australia just six days after the UK on ABC. Previous series had been shown on a Sunday evening but, for series four, the show was moved to Saturdays at 8.15 pm. Episode 8 proved the most popular with 409K watching it that day in the five city metro area and episode 7 the least with 332K, it's smallest audience ever.
Many thanks to  @veras67 on Twitter for her regular help with information from Australia.

Related links:
'Poldark' Tops the Tables
Poldark's Weekly Viewing Figures