Saturday 6 December 2014

Aidan Turner Says Poldark is out in Early March

Aidan Turner at the Dublin Premiere
Photo via Irish Independent
Aidan Turner, who plays Ross Poldark in the latest BBC adaptation of the Winston Graham Poldark novels, says the drama will be shown 'in early March'.
Speaking to the  Irish Independent Aidan said, 'It's coming out in early March. I was shooting it for six months and I'm excited to see how it goes. Fingers crossed it goes well.'

Aidan made the comments at the Dublin premiere of the final film in The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,  in which he plays Kili the dwarf.  He also spoke of his next project, The Secret Scripture, which will be directed by Jim Sheridan and filmed in Ireland. The cast includes Jack Reynor, Eric Bana and Vanessa Redgrave and production will begin in January, 2015.

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Aidan Turner in BBC's Flash Trailer for Poldark

The trailer aired for the first time on BBC One just before The Missing at 9pm on Tuesday 25 November, 2014

Monday 17 November 2014

'Poldark' to Air on Australia's ABC1 in 2015

Photo via ITVS GE

Australian television network ABC1 will show the new BBC series of Poldark in 2015.

ABC has set out it's programmes for the coming year in the document 'It's All Good'  and Poldark is listed under 'Acquired Content' on page 32.  The list is in alphabetical order so gives no clue as to when it will air.

Whilst we were reliably informed that the drama would be shown in Australia next year, this is the first news we have seen in print, so it's great to have it confirmed.

Poldark is a period drama set in eighteenth century Cornwall. It stars Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza. Poldark  will probably air in the UK on BBC1 in March 2015. It will also be shown on PBS Masterpiece Theatre in the US.

Monday 10 November 2014

Win a Copy of Robin Ellis' 'Making Poldark'

Goodreads are giving away 20 copies of the collectors colour edition of Making Poldark: Memoir of a BBC/Masterpiece Theatre Actor by Robin Ellis along with a bookplate signed by him. Robin played Ross Poldark in the 1970's television series and the book is his own behind-the-scenes account of the making of the drama.

The competition is open to people in the US and Great Britain and runs from 10 November to 7 December, 2014.

Follow the link to this competition at Goodreads.

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Original British Drama Trailer Featuring Poldark

Here is a quick glimpse of the new BBC drama Poldark featuring Aidan Turner as Ross, on the Original British Drama trailer for BBC One.

Watch on the link below and click on 'Poldark' when it appears on screen and you can watch clips from the show.
Many thanks to  for this info and link.

Sunday 26 October 2014

Watch Ruby Bentall and Luke Norris in 'Dead Meat'

Here's a chance to see two of Poldark's cast, Ruby Bentall and Luke Norris, together in the short film Dead Meat. Ruby and Luke play Verity and Dwight Enys in Poldark. Dead Meat sees them as young lovers facing a tragedy.

Dead Meat was made for Colchester Film Festival's 60 Hour Film Challenge and is shortlisted for the award to be announced on Sunday 26 October, 2014. It is directed and edited by Kingsley Hoskins, one of Poldark's Assistant Directors and is a Cut To production.

Dead Meat - 60 Hour Film Challenge from Kingsley Hoskins on Vimeo.

Sunday 19 October 2014

On This Day in 1975...

On this day, Sunday 19 October, in 1975 the third episode of  Poldark was aired in the UK on BBC1.

Here is the entry in the Radio Times for that week.

This episode of Poldark was sandwiched between Songs of Praise and Film of the Week: Charge of the Light Brigade, in a day with programmes that included Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, Alias Smith and Jones and Ballet Shoes. The information appeared in the Radio Times issue dated 18-24 October, 1975.

Here are the Radio Times episode synopses for parts 1 and 2 of Poldark.

Episode 1: 5 October, 1975

Episode 2: 12 October, 1975

Source: BBC Genome 

Monday 13 October 2014

Aidan Turner Becomes Queen's University Patron

Via QUPlayers facebook

Aidan Turner has become the official patron of the drama society at Queen's University Belfast. The announcement, made on Queen's University Players  facebook page on 9 October, 2014, was followed the following day by a secret visit from Aidan himself.

The students said that Aidan was an 'absolute joy to chat to' and that he was 'over the moon to be invited'.

Aidan said, '"I'm delighted to be invited by QUP to become its patron. The significant role of university drama in the professional arts world is well established; but even if you don’t want to be the next Liam Neeson or Stephen Rea, there is no better place for students at Queens to express and develop their creativity than with the Players. I look forward to sampling some of the society’s defiance, madness and joy during the year."

via QUPlayers facebook

via QUPlayers facebook

Saturday 11 October 2014

Poldark Director Talks About Trailer Leak

Director William McGregor has posted his thoughts about the leak of the Poldark trailer earlier this week on Tumblr.

He explains that the trailer was meant for sales and was of different quality and content to the one the public will see.  But he also comments on how heartened he was by the good response to the trailer on Twitter.

Here is what he says:

'Oct 10 -
The Poldark trailer was leaked this week. At first I wasn’t at all happy about it, as the grade and graphics where completely wrong. The trailer was meant for sales, not for the public. So it wasn’t something that I’d had much involvement in. I’m glad the trailer has now been taken down, as I think its important that we control the first impressions we make with the show, I have a strong vision for the program and feeling a lack of control over the content that went out was terrifying. But the truth is I can now see that a lot of good has come from the trailer leaking… mostly due to the reaction on twitter. Which I must admit I’m relishing in. Its very exciting to see people buzzing about what we are up to. I can’t wait for the show to air. I’m confident its going to be golden. Another plus side is I can repost this beaut of a screen grab*, from my second day of filming down in Cornwall. 

*even if i have regraded it slightly :) '

Screen grab via William McGregor

Sunday 28 September 2014

Breaking News: Poldark Title Graphic Revealed

Here is the title graphic that ITV Studios Global Entertainment are using in their adverts for Poldark. The advert features Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark and the graphic is somewhat reminiscent of the Wild West. It comes with the tagline, 'The hero returns. Everything will change'.

The advert is in the pre-Mipcom edition of World Screen. ITVSGE, the worldwide distributors of Poldark, are set to launch it at Mipcom, 13-16 October, 2014.

Poldark will air in the UK in 2015. It has already been sold to the US and, I am reliably informed, Australia. It will air in the US on PBS Masterpiece in 2015.

30 September 2014: Further News
In line with this article which says this is the ITV SGE graphic used in World Screen, producers Mammoth Screen have confirmed that the final graphic is still to come. Can't wait!

There's also this new photo of Aidan Turner as Captain Ross Poldark, outside the gates of  Chavenage House (Trenwith in Poldark). The photo is from World Screen.

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Rumour: Aidan Turner Photo Shoot at Ston Easton Park

It looks like the Article Magazine has been doing a photo-shoot at Ston Easton Park Hotel near Bath and that the subject may just be Aidan Turner!

Yesterday Ston Eston Park tweeted:
Great to have the @TheArticleMag team with us today. Hope you've got some good shots!

and today the Article Magazine posted a picture of the entrance to Ston Easton Park along with this tweet:.

We're working on something special for all followers in celebration of BBC series…

The Article Magazine did an interview, video and photo-shoot with Aidan a year ago.

Article Magazine 2013. Photo by Jessie Craig

Article Magazine 2013. Photo by Jessie Craig

Ston Easton Park is an 18th century palladian house set in parkland near Bath. Here are some pictures of it from the Ston Easton website.

Can't wait to find out what the Article Magazine is doing to help us through the long months until Poldark airs.

Monday 15 September 2014

Win Aidan Turner's Bottle of Hobbit Wine

Source Middle-earth News

Here’s your chance to win Aidan Turner’s bottle of The Hobbit wine for just a 10 Euro raffle ticket!
The wine was given to Aidan by Peter Jackson when filming on The Hobbit wrapped. Aidan, who plays the dwarf Kili in the trilogy, has donated it to the Dingle International Film Festival to raise funds for their ninth festival which will take place 12 -15 March, 2015.

Tha raffle will be drawn on 12 December, 2014 to coincide with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Here’s some information about the prize from Dingle International Film Festival
“The Hobbit Wine is in a presentation box crafted by the world-renowned Weta Workshop (winners of five Oscars and 4 BAFTAs). Weta Workshops have worked with Peter Jackson on The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy, The Adventures of Tintin and many more fantasy films.

“Only thirteen of these Hobbit Wines were made, one for each dwarf. One lucky person will be the only person in the world to own the wine given to KILI. The “Dorwinion Wine,” favoured by the Elves of Middle Earth, comes in a hand blown bottle with a paper label and wax seals on the front, a tag with Elvish writing is hung around the neck of the bottle. The bottle was packaged in a custom-made box, signed by the actor Aidan Turner, decorated with an image of the dragon Smaug and a Dwarven prop coin from Smaug’s hoard is attached to the sliding front box cover. This coin itself is very desirable as it was used in filming, and no screen-used props from The Hobbit have been released to the general public. The prize also includes a signed and framed photograph of Aidan as the dwarf KILI.”

All pictures via Dingle International Film Festival

Sunday 14 September 2014

'Poldark' Raises £380 in Anno's Africa Auction

Congratulations!  The first edition copy of Ross Poldark donated to the Annos Africa Charity Auction by Aidan Turner and signed by Aidan and Robin Ellis has raised £380!

Benedict Cumberbatch's Spencer Hart suit fetched £7,100, Stephen Fry's tie raised £112, a Being Human script and werewolf illustration donated by Toby Whithouse raised £180, a Broadchurch script signed by David Tennant raised £640 and a Daniel Craig shirt from Skyfall raised £980. Jane Birkin's signed Birkin Bag made £19,900!

The Anno's Africa Charity Auction  has raised funds for art education for children in slums and AIDS orphans in Nairobi.

Pictures via Annos Africa on eBay

And That's a Wrap!

Poldark filming 14 April to 12 September, 2014.
Here are some pics from the final day.

Aidan Turner by BBC One

Heida Reed and Eleanor Tomlinson. Photo by Official Poldark

Photo by William McGregor

Director William McGregor. Photo by Official Poldark
Eleanor Tomlinson and Gracee O'Brien. Photo via Gracee O'Brien

Crystal Leaity and Gracee O'Brien. Photo via Gracee O'Brien

Photo via Gracee O'Brien

Photo via DOP Adam Etherington

Aidan Turner with the Social Media Team at the wrap party via Official Poldark

First Look at Alexander Arnold as Jim Carter

Our first look at Alexander Arnold as Jim Carter in Poldark is a rather poignant one. Many thanks to Nick Kenyon @Njkfoto  for this picture.

Poldark will air in the UK and the US in 2015.

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Be the Star of MIPCOM Competition

ITV Studios Global Entertainment are launching Poldark at MIPCOM, Cannes, in October. Whilst there's  no news of anyone from Poldark attending the event, I thought you might like to know about the Be the Star of MIPCOM competition.

The winner of the Be the Star of MIPCOM competition will get to walk the red carpet and enjoy VIP access to the Official Opening Night Party and  a chance to meet the stars in the VIP Lounge on 13 October, 2014. The prize also includes registration to the MIPCOM event 13-16 October. Please note: the prize does NOT include travel or accommodation. Participants must be aged 18 or over.

To enter:

  • Take an Instagram photo or a video showing why you deserve to be the star of MIPCOM 2014 and tag it with #MIPCOM and #star
  • Publish it on your personal Instagram account
  • Fill the form on the dedicated Facebook app to complete your submission before September 15, 12h00 (UTC+01:00)

Details are available from MIPCOM

Terms and conditions 

 Find out more at MIPCOM on facebook

Monday 1 September 2014

Aidan Turner Donates "Poldark" to African Charity Auction

Here is your chance to bid for a first edition copy of Poldark, donated to the Anno's Africa Charity Auction  by Aidan Turner and signed by Aidan and Robin Ellis.  Aidan plays Ross Poldark in the new BBC adaptation of Poldark and Robin played him in the original TV show. Robin also plays Dr Halse in the new version.

The Anno's Africa Charity Auction raises funds for art education for children in slums and AIDS orphans in Nairobi. The auction is live on eBAY from 4 to 14 September, 2014. Aidan's donation is Lot 47  and includes a signed photo of Aidan as Ross Poldark as well as the signed first edition book.

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson in ITV's Poldark Promotion

Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza)  feature in this super promotion picture for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. ITVSGE  are the worldwide distributors for Poldark . So far the drama has been sold in the US and Australia.

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson as Ross and Demelza via ITV Global Studios

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark via ITV Global Studios

Thursday 21 August 2014

Poldark Filming Moves to Wales

Filming for Poldark has moved to Wales and St Fagans National History Museum today.

@adesmith1972 on Twitter spotted the filming and went along to have a look, only to meet two of the main cast, Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark) and Luke Norris (Dr Enys).

St Fagans is an open-air museum in the grounds of St Fagans Castle near Cardiff. Historical buildings have been re-built on the site. Filming today appears to have been of the interior of some farmhouses and cottages.

Here are some of the cottages and farmhouses, furnished in 18th century style, that may have been used.

Nant Walter Cottage via Museum of Wales St Fagans 

Llainfadyn Cottage via Museum of Wales St Fagans

Abernodwydd Farmhouse via Museum of Wales St Fagans

Many thanks to @adesmith1972 for his help.