Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ross and Demelza: A Happier Time

The events of Poldark series two led to a make or break situation for Ross and Demelza but series three sees them still together.

"I think it is a happier time for them," Eleanor Tomlinson says at the press preview, "They've decided to work together as the great team that they are. It's a decision Demelza has made, to stay with him because she still loves him and wants to be with him. So she has to move on."

Eleanor Tomlinson. Photo Evie Bowman
But she's still trying to work out what's going on with Ross. "Yeah," says Eleanor, "That's marriage!"
And what are Aidan's thoughts? "Ah, um,well..."
"Aidan wasn't listening!" teases Eleanor.
"That's marriage, right?" he quickly quips  to much laughter!

Executive producer Karen Thrussell explains,"There's a certain amount of avoidance going on."
"Yeah," Aidan picks up on this, "There's a lot of that. If Ross isn't thinking about it or talking about it, it's not really happening. There's a lot of denial so he just keeps himself busy, taking his mind off that pressing concern until there's a real reason to think about it. It's interesting playing someone like that. If he just involves himself in something else he can detach himself from reality." He adds wistfully, "It's quite a talent!" and everyone laughs.

Aidan Turner Photo: Evie Bowman
Aidan thinks Ross is a good father. "He's kindhearted, a hard worker, morally responsible. He's a caring man, not a lazy fellow. He'd be inspiring for a young kid. Someone to look up to. A good dad."

But will Ross be taking his shirt off this year? "Am I keeping my clothes on?" Aidan responds like it's a non-issue for him. "I think the clothes stay on this year - yeah. Maybe there's some topless sleeping. I don't know. Honestly, I can't remember. The clothes come on and off so easy these days!"

You can find out for yourself very soon. The new series of Poldark  starts in June on BBC One.

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Related links:
Letters, Puddings and Drama: On the Set of Poldark Series 3
Pics from Poldark S3 Preview Screening
Dramatic Start to Poldark Series 3

Dramatic Start to 'Poldark' Series 3

"Fourth!" Aidan Turner covers his mouth with his hand and gives this aside, then looks around with a boyish grin as the audience bursts into laughter. I'm at the press preview for Poldark series three and the Q&A panel (Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Luke Norris, Jack Farthing and Karen Thrussell) have just been asked if they're happy Poldark's going out in June. It catches them off guard. Has June been confirmed? Can they say? Then Aidan breaks the tension by pretending to know the date and teases Karen Thrussell.

Aidan Turner
We've just watched the first episode of Poldark and, boy, is it good! It's fast moving with lots of drama, tense scenes and a sprinkling of humour. It's set a few months after the end of series two with an uneasy truce between Demelza and Ross; Elizabeth pregnant and married to George Warleggan; and Caroline and Dwight finding love.

The episode opens with the dramatic scene of Elizabeth's horse bolting. The scene was shown at the BFI and Radio Times Festival and, yes, it still judders before your eyes. Talking us through it Aidan says, "There was quite a big horse scene at the beginning. I don't think I'm telling tales out of school to say we went back to shoot it again because it took so long to get it right. We had the stunt guys around for that scene. It was a difficult one to nail down. But it's always fun playing around with the horses."  So is he now known for his horse riding? "Yeah, "he grins, "I'm known for horse-action. That's meeee!"

Eleanor Tomlinson
Elizabeth's baby is born and, while there may be some question on the baby's paternity, executive producer Karen Thrussell assures us, "We don't know who the father is. In the books it's not clear."  "What about the little scar?" chips in Aidan to much laughter. Karen continues,"We don't know and neither does Elizabeth for certain and neither does Demelza and neither does Ross."

The episode moves on apace then all of a sudden, excitingly, there's a moment on the beach I'd expected to see in series two and its absence caused not a little disappointment. But here it is!  In a different context to what I'd thought but a thrill to see it on screen at last! Were the fans listened to? I like to think so!

Ross pays a visit to George Warleggan at his impressive bank. Will there be fisticuffs this time? "Certainly with Ross he's getting older and more mature," says Aidan,"There are only so many barroom brawls you can get in to before somebody loses his life. They have their families to consider. It's part of growing up." Does that mean George has improved? "He's definitely worse," says Jack, "But he's also got better because you see more of him emotionally: his angst, his vulnerability."

Jack Farthing
Ross's good friend Dwight Enys has his own joys and disappointments in this first episode. Luke says, "Dwight tries to be a fundamentally decent, wonderful man and fails quite a lot. He's a guy whose moral compass is really right on but circumstances conspire against him - a lot! He makes some bad choices too."

Several of the scenes I saw filmed on my visit to Bottleyard Studio last year are in this first episode, and those of you who've read my set report may pick up on Prudie saying "Pudding" and letters arriving at Nampara without a seal!

It wouldn't be Poldark of course if there weren't waves crashing against the rocks and a gallop along
the cliffs although this time it's not Ross but Demelza speeding away!

Luke Norris
So who can you expect to see in this first episode? Well, in addition to the main cast there are some returning characters: Ray Penvenen (John Nettles), Tom Carne (Mark Frost), Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth) and Harris Pascoe (Richard Hope). There are some new faces too. Ellise Chappell is Morwenna, Elizabeth's cousin and Harry Marcus plays Elizabeth's son Geoffrey Charles, who joins Aunt Agatha as another Poldark thorn in George Warleggan's side. Harry Richardson and Tom York play Demelza's brothers Drake and Sam. Eleanor says, "Working with them both was amazing. Tom York and Harry Richardson are my best friends now. I had such a blast and it's so lovely to have new people coming into the cast. It brings a real new energy."

Sadly, Jud is absent from series three. But there's a new character coming back into Ross's life: Tholly Tregirls (Sean Gilder). Tholly was around when Ross was a boy and was a good friend to both Ross and his father, Joshua Poldark. Sean says he believes Tholly knows Ross better than anyone. Debbie Horsfield explains, "With Tholly you can see where Ross got his bad lad tendencies. The problem is, Ross has changed in these 13 years. He isn't always the wild tearaway though there are still those tendencies. He is his right-hand man in many escapades."  Aidan enjoyed working with Sean, "Sean is such a cool fella. We just got on great."  And is it true they had fun in every scene? "We're really cool people to hang out with," he jokes.

Poldark will be back on our screens on BBC One in June. Get ready to fall in love with it all over again!

Photo credit: Evie Bowman for Poldarked

Please remember to credit Poldarked when reposting from this article.

Related links:
Letters, Puddings and Drama: On the Set of Poldark Series 3
Pics from Poldark S3 Preview Screening
Ross and Demelza: A Happier Time

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Pics from 'Poldark' S3 Preview Screening

Here are a few pics from the Q&As at last night's Poldark S3 preview screening. Sorry, there's no report as news from the event is embargoed for a while.

Poldark S3 Q&A, Aidan Turner, Luke Norris, Eleanor Tominson, Jack Farthing
Photo: Evie Bowman

Poldark S3 screening, Eleanor Tominson,
Eleanor Tomlinson 

Poldark S3 screening, Luke Norris
Luke Norris

Poldark S3 screening,Aidan Turner
Aidan Turner 

Poldark S3 screening,Aidan Turner
Aidan and Jack Farthing

Poldark S3 screening,Aidan Turner

Poldark S3 screening,Aidan Turner

Karen Thrussell, Luke Norris, Eleanor Tomlinson

Poldark S3 screening,Ellise Chappell
Ellise Chappell (Morwenna)

Poldark S3 screening,Harry Richardson, Tom York, Debbie Horsfield
Debbie Horsfield, Harry Richardson (Drake), Tom York (Sam)

All photos by Evie Bowman.

Monday, 24 April 2017

'Poldark' TV Tie-Ins Available for Pre-order

Poldark, The Black Moon, Elizabeth, Pan Macmillan
Poldark, The Angry Tide, Caroline, Pan Macmillan

Poldark series three is about to hit our TV screens and publisher Pan Macmillan is marking the occasion with the release of these super TV tie-in editions of the books The Black Moon and The Four Swans on which Poldark S3 is based (series three covers all of The Black Moon and half of The Four Swans. The other half of The Four Swans will be covered in series four along with all of The Angry Tide).

The stunning covers feature Elizabeth (The Black Moon) and Caroline (The Four Swans).

The books are due for release on 1 June 2017 but you can pre-order them now from Amazon price £7.99 each.

Pre-order The Black Moon

Pre-order The Four Swans

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Aidan Turner at the BFI & Radio Times Festival (Photos)

A selection of our photos from the Poldark panel at BFI & Radio Times Festival, April 2017. Click the thumbnail to enlarge the pic.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

'Poldark' Series Four gets the Go-ahead

Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Poldark, Series Four

Poldark series three won't air in the UK until June but series four has already been greenlit by the BBC.  Aidan Turner hinted as much in his radio interview with Dave Fanning and the news was then confirmed, first at the BFI and Radio Times Festival and then later, in a tweet by Official Poldark.

Debbie Horsfield has already written the scripts for four episodes of the new series and is currently working on number five.

Like series one, S4 will have eight episodes and will cover the remaining half of Winston Graham's novel The Four Swans and all of The Angry Tide. The upcoming third series covers The Black Moon and half of The Four Swans in nine episodes.

Filming for S4 will start in September 2017 but first we've Poldark S3 to enjoy this summer!

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Nine Snippets from 'Poldark' at the BFI & Radio Times Festival

Ross Poldark: Old-fashioned Hero for a Modern World at the BFI & Radio Times Festival was very much a celebration of Poldark and its lead actor Aidan Turner. Well, what's not to like? This meant that much of the discussion covered the now-familiar tales of how Poldark came to be made, how Debbie Horsfield came to adapt it and how Aidan Turner got the part of Ross. And, of course, the scything scene.

Here are a few snippets from the day:

  • It's official! Series Four has been commissioned and will start filming in September. Aidan had dropped a heavy hint about this in his recent interview with Dave Fanning but it's always nice to have it confirmed.
  • Series Three will air in June. Damien Timmer explained that they wanted to keep the show's momentum going, having felt the gap between series one and two was just too long.
  • Aidan broke his hand filming series three. From his gestures he seemed to indicate it was his left hand.
  • Back in 2015 at the preview screening of Poldark, Aidan teased Eleanor about Garrick not being 'amazing'.  We know Aidan is a dog person, so it was interesting to hear him expand on this saying, "He’s a working dog and when he’s on set he’s working but he’s not terribly affectionate and it kind of annoys me that he’s not. He doesn’t want to know you unless you have a treat in your hand and I just don't have time for that!"
  • Aidan's favourite scene is when he and Demelza first kiss in what he calls 'the blue dress scene'. He said there was a great energy on the day they were shooting it and, 'It just felt right, it felt real. It works for me!'
  • Aidan's comment that he doesn't think people like his beard was met with noises of approval for it from much of the audience.
  • Asked about the paparazzi and, in particular, about a documentary on Channel 4 where a certain member of the paparazzi admitted to making up stories, Aidan said, "It's frustrating when it holds up the shoot and when there are things we are trying to keep private in the show. I don't know if anybody takes these stories seriously but when he says I'm pushing people around - he fabricates the whole thing, which is kind of shocking. But as long as he doesn't get in my way I don't care."  Debbie added that the fans are brilliant and are never a problem.
  • Asked how he gets rid of his Irish accent for the show Aidan joked "Loads of talent." Debbie added, "There's this marvelous thing called ADR." 
  • Aidan's favourite British painter right now is Harland Miller, known for his paintings of vintage Penguin book covers.