Thursday, 12 January 2017

iPlayer figures for 'Poldark' S2

Series Two of Poldark got off to a terrific start on BBC iPlayer with over 1.25 million requests for episode one, beating the premiere of Series One by 64,000!  The only episode across both seasons to receive more requests is number five of Series One with over 1.4 million (it aired Easter Sunday).

Poldark went head to head with ITV's Victoria for its first six episodes but Victoria premiered in August so, by the time Poldark aired, Victoria was on its third episode. This may, in part, have affected the number of iPlayer requests for the Poldark premiere, with some people choosing to watch Victoria live and Poldark on demand.

The iPlayer report focuses on the top twenty episodes and the most requested episode per programme for each month. Poldark appears in the report for episodes one, five and ten. One and ten are the premiere and finale. Five gives us the death of Francis and also Ross in the bath tub. At the time five aired it was the least watched episode of the series, with viewing figures of 5.95m (seven day consolidated). It may be that many people caught up with it later, helping to make five the most popular episode of Poldark on iplayer in October, with 872k requests.

Poldark Series Two finished with the good overnight viewing figure of 5.8m (6.9m seven day consolidated) taking it back to the levels seen for Series One. It's hardly surprising then, that the number of requests on iPlayer were more modest at 697k. Nevertheless, it was the twelfth most requested programme in November.

Here are the tables which should be read alongside the Notes and Glossary:

Source of request figures: BBC Digital Analytics
Source: BBC iPlayer Performance Report

Related Links:
Poldarked: 'Poldark' Iplayer Figures are Out!
Poldarked: 'Poldark' Popular on iPlayer in April

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Poldark S3 Outtakes!

Here it is! An outtakes reel from Poldark S3 with plenty of laughs from the cast.

Why not vote Poldark then sit back and enjoy?

Source: Official Poldark

Monday, 9 January 2017

'Being Human' Revisited

Aidan Turner, Lenora Crichlow and Russell Tovey at  the Being Human Panel MCM Comic Con 2016

It's eight years (25 January 2009) since Being Human and, of course, Aidan Turner, burst onto our TV screens and I became enthralled by the vampire, werewolf and ghost who share a house together. Finding myself in Bristol recently, I thought I'd take a look at some of the show's locations and see how things have changed since it was filmed.

First up: the Pink House.  I was delighted to see it was being cared for though the shade of pink is more terracotta than in the past. But the bath is still in the garden, the door a very similar shade of blue.

The Pink House 2016

The Pink House Being Human S1 Ep 2

Next: to the hospital, where  Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and George (Russell Tovey) work and look!!! you can actually live there!  It's being developed into apartments called The General.  Prices start at £280,000 for a one bedroom apartment.

 Being Human : Mitchell and George at the hospital gates

The hospital gates 2016
The General Apartments sale board 2016

Maybe this is a good time to see some of Mitchell at the hospital gates too:

War Memorial 2016
And finally: the war memorial. But wait! Where is it? Ah there!  Looking rather sad in the middle of a huge road improvement scheme. I'll have to come back and see it when the road works are done.

Being Human is currently on BBC iplayer. If you've never watched it, give yourself a treat and catch it while you can!

War Memorial 2016

War Memorial: Being Human Ep 1

Mitchell at the War Memorial

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Vote for 'Poldark' in the National Television Awards 2017

Poldark. Aidan Turner, National Television Awards
Aidan Turner wins the NTA Impact Award 2016

Congratulations!  Poldark has been nominated for a National Television Award 2017!

Poldark is a contender for Best Period Drama along with:
Stranger Things
Peaky Blinders
Call the Midwife

The NTAs are voted for by the public so let's get voting and make Poldark  a  winner!

You can vote on line or by calling 0905 647 2017 but please be aware: to vote online you need to have an IP address within the UK, Eire or Channel Islands and a valid UK or Irish postcode. Voting closes at 12 noon on Wednesday 25 January 2017.  Full terms and conditions are available here.

The winners will be announced at the National Television Awards ceremony on 25 January 2017 which will be broadcast live on ITV.  Tickets for the event at the O2 London are available from the NTA.

You can vote for Poldark here.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Poldarked's Highlights of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close we've been looking back at some of our highlights of the year. Here are our top five in no particular order:
  • Our exclusive photos from the filming, MCM Comic Con, Monte Carlo Film Festival and BFI preview screening. 
  • Reaching 1.2 million hits on! Thank you to everyone who helped us achieve this.You are stars! We enjoy all the artwork, photo edits and witty comments you share with us and love being a part of the Poldark fandom.

Here's wishing you all a very Happy New Year xxx

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Director Ed Bazalgette Talks 'Poldark'

Aidan Turner, Poldark, Ed Bazalgatte
Ed Bazalgette directing Aidan Turner in Poldark

Ed Bazalgette directed the first four episodes of Poldark series one. In an interview with Radio Times  he talks about the challenge in getting a new series off the ground and, of course, about the famous scything scene.

Radio Times: You directed the opening episodes of Endeavour, Poldark and Doctor Who spin-off Class. What particular challenges or freedoms are there for a director in getting a brand-new series off the ground?
Ed Bazalgette: In directing opening episodes, you get to set the look and tone of a new series. Like everything in TV it’s a collaborative process but you’re right in the middle of it all – it’s a lot more responsibility but allows you more creative licence. Of course the process is different in each instance and the key for me is finding my own entry point into the story. Once you find that, things start to flow. With Poldark, it was seeing the landscape as a character: understanding how the wild and unpredictable nature of Cornwall – the climate, the terrain, the sea – had informed the way Winston Graham had created his characters in the novels and seeing how Debbie Horsfield had threaded that idea through her scripts. Once I had that, so much fell into place – I loved all the jokes about “there goes Ross, galloping off on his horse...again”. It kept the sense of place front and centre throughout those opening episodes where we were establishing our world. 
And coming in at the start gives you the opportunity to spend more time with the writer. Debbie Horsfield on Poldark,
You are also pivotal in the casting, one of the best parts of the process. You’re at the start of prep, a million decisions to be made – there’s so much on your plate. But hearing the script come to life, each actor bringing their own interpretation, interrogating each line, never fails to inspire me. It’s like shining light on a brilliant diamond, constantly seeing the script from a fresh angle, in a new light. You get this real sense of momentum building. It’s thrilling.

Radio Times: Directing Poldark series one, you were responsible for Aidan Turner’s famous topless scything scene, which put many of our readers, and the ladies in our office, into a lather. Anything you’d like to say about that? 
Ed Bazalgette: Ha! I love it when a plan comes together! Debbie had written this wonderfully sensuous scene: she describes Demelza watching Ross from a distance, hidden in the long grass, seeing her boss very differently after the events of the previous night – so it was all Demelza’s point of view! This scene that came to define Poldark, that got everyone talking about Aidan, was actually written from Demelza’s perspective. 
Aidan’s physique isn’t what I remember from the shoot. When we first recce’d the field it was perfect. Come the day of filming, cow parsley had shot up everywhere, Eleanor [Tomlinson] kept disappearing in it, we had to constantly increase the camera height to allow us to see Aidan and Phil [Davis] over the grass, and I wanted the late afternoon light so we were racing to get it shot before the sun set. And of course we did – I think it’s safe to say we got the scene...

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Friday, 23 December 2016

Searches for 'Poldark' Up 339%!

Spectacular! Searches for Poldark on were up 339% when Aidan Turner appeared in the BBC's And Then There Were None last Christmas says Exchange Wire. Unfortunately, we don't have the actual figures to see what this really means but, for now, let's enjoy the fun of that percentage.  Of course, having watched Aidan's terrific performance in And Then There Were None I can only think,,,

...are we surprised?

Related Links:
Poldarked: And Then There Were None - Spoiler Free Review
Poldarked: Titbits from 'And Then There Were None': The House