Tuesday 25 August 2015

Win Tickets to the 'Poldark' Event at the Radio Times Festival

Enter our Twitter Giveaway for your chance to win two tickets to The Making of Poldark event courtesy of the Radio Times Festival.

The Radio Times Festival will be held at Hampton Court Palace in September. The Making of Poldark is on Sunday 27 September, 3.30 to 4.30 pm.  Poldark's executive producers Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer, and writer Debbie Horsfield will be at the event to give the low-down on filming the series. Leading members of the cast will also attend (to be announced - watch this space). Andrew Graham will join them to talk about his father’s writing, including the book Poldark’s Cornwall.

To be in with a chance of winning simply follow @Poldarked on Twitter and retweet the competition tweet.  The competition closes at 4 pm BST on Friday 28 August.

Terms and Conditions

One winner will be chosen at random from everyone who follows @Poldarked and retweets our message.

The prize is two tickets to the Making of Poldark at the Radio Times Festival

The prize must be dispatched to a UK postal address

The draw closes at 4 pm BST on Friday 28 August, 2015

The winner will be chosen at random by computer from all qualifying entries. The result is final and no discussion will be entered into concerning the outcome

The winner will be notified by direct message on Twitter by the @Poldarked Twitter account and asked to provide contact details, which will be passed on to the Radio Times Festival to send out the tickets.

Thursday 20 August 2015

VIDEO: 'And Then There Were None' Film Set

While waiting for Poldark to start filming here's a little look behind the scenes at a set being used for another Mammoth Screen production starring Aidan Turner, And Then There Were None (mild spoilers).  The location, at the former Central Saint Martins site in Holborn, London, has previously been used for The Imitation Game and Frankenstein reports estatesgazette.

And Then There Were None is based on the novel by Agatha Christie and is being made for BBC One to air, probably at Christmas, in three sixty-minute episodes.  Aidan plays a mercenary soldier, Philip Lombard, in the drama.

Monday 17 August 2015

Why 'Poldark' is not Returning to Corsham

Photo: Corsham Council

The BBC has announced that Corsham will not be used as Truro in the second series of Poldark.  Instead, other streets and the harbour at Charlestown in Cornwall will be used.

Producer Margaret Mitchell said, "Corsham offered a great vista for the world of Poldark last series. The residents were incredibly accommodating and understanding of the film crew's need to transform a contemporary town into the busy 18th Century Cornish town of Truro.

"Roads had to be closed during the latter stages of prep and shoot to enable road coverings to be laid, shop frontages had to be given the 18th Century treatment too.

"For this series, there are other demands on the visuals for the production, and so the decision has been made to create the Truro world using other streets plus integrating the Harbour element of Charlestown in Cornwall.

"Creative aspirations always play a largest part in the decision making of any production.We're really sorry not to be able to return, but the filming of a second series means that we are looking to add other visual value and enjoyment for the audience, and hope that the choices we make this year will fulfill that,"  reports the Bath Chronicle.

Thursday 13 August 2015

Storyboarding Poldark Part 1: The Pilchard Scene

Andrew Lamb and Jenny Turner are two storyboard artists who worked on Poldark Season 1.

Storyboard artists help with a film's production by taking the screenplay and making sketches of the scenes. They work closely with the director to give a clear idea of what the director wants to achieve and what props, make-up and so on are needed.

Andrew storyboarded the pilchard scene with the men fishing for pilchards and Ross and Demelza rowing to the shore. Here is a selection of drawings from this scene. You can see the full set on Andrew Lamb.  Jenny's drawings of the skirmish and the shipwreck scene follow in 'Storyboarding Poldark Part 2'.

Storyboarding Poldark Part 2: The Skirmish and Shipwreck

Jenny Turner is a storyboard artist on Poldark Season 1. Here is a sample of her illustrations from the skirmish at the start of episode 1...

... and the shipwreck scene in episode 8. More of Jenny's illustrations are on her website.

 I think we all recognise this one of Ross with a gleam in his eye.

Wednesday 12 August 2015

10 Episodes for Season 2 of 'Poldark'

Photo: BBC

Aidan Turner has revealed there will be ten episodes in Season 2 of Poldark. 

In an interview with the  Huffington Post  Aidan says of filming : 'We're going to start September, I think first week of September, something like that, or second week of September. I think we run until ... I think we go until like the first week in April. We've two extra episodes this season, which is amazing. The shoot is probably seven and a half months or something like that. A bit longer than last year. But looking forward to it, can't wait to get back there. I love shooting the show, I love Cornwall, and adore everyone in the show, so it'll be fun.'

The BBC originally planned six episodes for the first series of Poldark but had increased this to eight by the time filming started.  The news that there will be 10 episodes in the second season will delight the drama's many fans.

'Poldark' Event at Radio Times Festival

The Radio Times is holding its first ever TV Festival and members of the cast and crew from Poldark are set to attend!

Executive producers Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer and writer Debbie Horsfield will be at The Making of Poldark event to give the low-down on filming the series. Leading members of the cast will also attend (to be announced - watch this space). Andrew Graham will join them to talk about his father’s writing, including the book Poldark’s Cornwall.

The festival will be held at Hampton Court Palace in September and will give the public the chance to hear from the cast, writers and programme makers of shows ranging from The Archers through to PoldarkWolf Hall and Doctor Who.  Some 70 events are planned for the four day festival which will run 24-27 September, 2015.

The Making of Poldark is on Sunday 27 September, 3.30 to 4.30 pm. Tickets cost £15 per adult, £6 per child and are available from www.radiotimesfestival.com

Wednesday 5 August 2015

Video: Aidan Turner Talks About Poldark Season 2

"I think we'll expect something very, very exciting." ~Aidan Turner weighs in on what we can look forward to in Season 2 of Poldark! cc: PBS
Posted by MASTERPIECE | PBS (Masterpiece Theatre) on Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Aidan Turner talks about what's in store in Poldark Season 2 in this PBS Masterpiece video.

Sunday 2 August 2015

4 Million Watched US Premiere of Poldark

At last we have some viewing figures for Poldark on PBS Masterpiece.

The premiere drew more than 4 million viewers in the US before other platforms were added reports Oregon Live.  To give a comparison Wolf Hall, which premiered in Aprilattracted 4.4 million viewers including catchup TV. Speaking at the TV Critics Summer TV Press Tour, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said that Poldark could run for 'years and years'  

Rebecca Eaton also announced that Poldark  was renewed for a second season on Masterpiece.