Friday 29 January 2016

Vote 'Poldark' for Best TV Series in Jameson Empire Awards

Vote for Poldark!

This year, for the first time ever, Best TV Series joins a host of traditional film categories on the Jameson Empire Awards voting longlist.

The Empire Awards, is an annual British awards ceremony 'honoring cinematic achievements in the local and global film industry'. The awards are voted for exclusively by the public. In 2014 Aidan Turner was voted Best Male Newcomer for his role as Kili in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug although, as he said, he '...thought he came years ago'.

Voting for 2016 closes on 12 February when a shortlist is drawn up for a second round starting 18 February.  It seems you can vote more than once but we're awaiting confirmation of this.

The award for Best TV Series will be presented on stage along with all the longstanding awards at a star-studded ceremony in London on 20 March, 2016.

Meanwhile, here's a little taster of Aidan winning to spur you on!

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Poldarked: Aidan Wins At Jameson Empire Awards

Poldarked: Aidan and Awards

Thursday 28 January 2016

Radio Times Covers Party 2016

Radio Times, Aidan Turner, Poldark, Sarah Dunn
Aidan's Radio Times cover for his Poldark role.

The annual Radio Times Covers Party was held in London on Tuesday night to celebrate their most popular covers of the previous year, so the Poldark team went along to join the celebrations, Aidan Turner's cover for Poldark, being amongst those recognised. He was photographed for the cover and article by Sarah Dunn in a photoshoot that is a firm favourite for many fans.

Radio Times, Aidan Turner, Poldark
Aidan collecting his cover, pic from @beatieedney

Aidan was in jovial mood, joking about his hair (see the video below from the Radio Times) and what Poldark series 2 has in store (clothes apparently!). Of course it's not the first time Aidan's been to this event, he attended last year and back in 2010 with his Being Human co-star, Lenora Crichlow.

Here's some of the highlights of the evening.

Heida Reed, Karen Thrussell, Poldark, Ruby Bentall, Radio Times
Heida Reed, Karen Thrussell and Ruby Bentall, pic from @PoldarkTV

Aidan Turner, Poldark, Radio Times
Aidan Turner in good spirits, pic from @sarahisnothere 

John Hollingworth enjoying the party, pic from @beatieedney

Beatie Edney & Phil Davis with Leslie Manville & Jason Watkins pic from @beatieedney

Aidan looms large! Pic from @beatieedney 

Be an Extra in 'Poldark'

Poldark, extra, Aidan Turner
Photo: Official Poldark

It's not too late to be an extra in Poldark!

Film Cast Cornwall & SW are advertising for two men to play upper class guests in the second series.

Here's the job spec:
2 males needed for 25th and 26th Feb, longish hair, clean shaven, 38-40 chest, 5'10 to 6' tall to be upper class party guests. Would suit people from Chippenham/Bristol area but could be from Cornwall/Devon if willing to travel. Would also need to be willing to be taken to London by coach on 3rd Feb for the costume fitting.

Candidates in their 20s-30s should contact

Thanks to @piratefm for spotting this ad.

Saturday 23 January 2016

Rumour: Is Aidan Turner to Star in 'War of the Worlds'?

Photo: Kitty Gale
Is Aidan Turner set to play the narrator in the new BBC adaptation of  War of the Worlds? The Daily Telegraph certainly thinks he may be, according to Pressreader.

War of the Worlds is being produced for television by Mammoth Screen who, of course, produce Poldark. The H.G.Wells novel is being adapted by Peter Harness, who wrote the screenplay for Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and has written for Dr Who.  The director is Neil Marshall of Game of Thrones fame.

The Daily Telegraph says that, although  the casting has not yet been finalised, Aidan is said to be  'the leading candidate'.

Filming will begin in 2017, according to Den of Geek.

Update 16 February 2016
According to Radio Times Magazine Aidan will not be in War of the Worlds. Thanks to Aidan Turner Forever for the news.

Friday 22 January 2016

The National Television Awards 2016

Aidan Turner, NTAs, Poldark
Aidan Turner with his Impact Award
edit by India-Rose for Poldarked, original pics from
Many of us were tuned into the annual National Television Awards (NTAs) on Wednesday night, which were held at London's 02 Arena. With Poldark nominated for Best New Drama, Best TV Moment and Aidan Turner for Best Drama Performance we were looking forward to seeing our favourite stars.

Aidan Turner, Ruby Bentall, Debbie Horsfield, Poldark, NTAs
Aidan Turner, Debbie Horsfield & Ruby Bentall on the way to the NTAs
picture by Heida Reed

The evening kicked off at 7pm and early on Aidan Turner and Heida Reed presented the award for Best Drama to Downton Abbey. Both looked as stylish as you'd expect, Aidan was in an Alfred Dunhill suit, styled by his friend and regular stylist Kenny Ho, and Heida wore an off the shoulder teal dress by Emilo De La Morena.

Aidan Turner, Heida Reed, Poldark, NTAs
Heida and Aidan, pic posted by Heida Reed

Other stars in attendance were Beatie Edney, Ruby Bentall, Kyle Soller, Jack Farthing, Caroline Blakiston, series one directors Willie McGregor and Ed Bazalgette, writer Debbie Horsfield as well as representatives from the show's producers, Mammoth Screen.

To his surprise Aidan Turner was announced as the winner of a special new Impact Award for his Poldark work; this appears to have replaced the Best TV Moment Award. A delighted Aidan accepted the award and dealt with the inevitable questions about his torso from the press afterwards with charm, grace, modesty and good humour as he always does, a true star. His performance as Ross Poldark has had an extraordinary reaction amongst the media and the public. Leading men have often been compared to Colin Firth, since his turn as Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice in 1995, but it really is fair to say there hasn't been anything quite like it until Aidan Turner rode into town as Ross Poldark.

Aidan Turner, NTAs, Poldark
Aidan collecting his award, screencap by Poldarked
Aidan said he was delighted with the award, though he claims not to have noticed too much difference in his own life, but admitted, 'walking down the street, sometimes you get stopped.' and that his family, especially his mum were super proud of his success. He also let slip there are plans under way for a third series of Poldark already, which will begin filming in September 2016.

Aidan with his NTA award
pic from
Sadly Poldark missed out on Best New Drama and Bets Drama Performance to another BBC hit, Doctor Foster, and its lead actress, Suranne Jones.

Here are some more pictures of the evening:

Aidan Turner, Poldark, NTAs
Aidan on the red carpet
pic from

Heida on the red carpet
pic from

Ruby Bentall looking glam
pic from

Jack Farthing, Kyle Soller & Ruby Bentall
pic by Heida Reed

The Poldark Posse! Pic from Beatie Edney's twitter

Willie McGregor and Kyle Soller, who was unimpressed with being mistaken for Seth Rogen!
pic from Willie McGregor's instagram
Check out our exclusive interview with Heida Reed here.

The original pictures from can be found here, along with others from the evening.

Wednesday 20 January 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Poldarked interviews Heida Reed

When Poldark hit the screens in March 2015, one of the break out stars was Icelandic actress, Heida Reed. With parts in Toast of London, Silent Witness and DCI Banks, as well a number of theatre credits, notably in Scarlet at the Southwalk Playhouse in 2015, Poldark is Heida's biggest role to date. Heida was born Heiða Rún Sigurðardóttir in Reykjavik, Iceland, on 22nd May 1987. She moved to London to study drama, graduating from the London Drama Centre in 2010, taking the stage name, Heida Reed.

Heida Reed (picture credit, Jeremy Selwyn).

Heida kindly agreed to answer some of our questions on Poldark, and her role in the current series of the hugely popular BBC One murder mystery show, Death in Paradise, as well as telling us her dream pizza.

Darker times ahead for Elizabeth (picture credit BBC).
Without giving too much away, would it be fair to say Elizabeth has a darker arc in series 2. Has this been challenging to play and if so how?

Yes it would be fair to say that. Actually, playing constant composure like in series 1 is kind of harder. This storyline gives me more places to go with her.

Elizabeth's choices and actions seem very much dictated by women's extremely constrained role in those days. Do you think she would have made the same choices had she been a 21st century woman?

Honestly I don't know. I'm not sure Elizabeth would be the most progressive of women in today's society. Obviously her situation would be different in terms of education and independence, but I can't say whether she would make any different choices romantically. It's sort of an impossible thing to think of really, as your environment is what shapes you as a person and obviously it would be very different in the 21st century.

Heida as the elegant Elizabeth (picture credit BBC).
One of the things I liked about Debbie Horsfield's adaptation was that a friendship develops between Elizabeth and Demelza. How do you feel about the way the women interact with each other in Poldark, both the novel and show?

I think they are both very good hearted women and can see that in each other to start with. It's sometimes easier to decide to care for someone who you feel threatened by than to be jealous of them. Obviously things change later on in the story and their friendship does takes a turn for the worse.

What's been the best thing about being in a hit show like Poldark and have there been any downsides?

The best thing for me is the people I'm working with. I've met some of my best friends on this job and I will be forever grateful to Poldark for that. In terms of its success, the best thing about it is we get to do it again. Downsides are mostly just stuff like being away for long periods of time and maybe missing out on things with friends and family. But that's the industry we're in.

Heida Reed, Death In Paradise, Poldark
Heida as Eloise (picture credit @ReedHeida)
We're excited by your role in Death in Paradise. What can you tell us about your episode and character? Also, how hard was it having to spend time in beautiful, sunny Guadeloupe filming?

It was just awful. Ugh, the white sand and the clear sea and the piña coladas. Who would want that? ;) The episode is about the murder of a model from a fashion show that was on the beach. I play Eloise, one of the other models from the show who becomes a suspect. Guadeloupe is pure heaven.

Heida in Iceland (picture credit @ReedHeida)
Do you ever get to speak Icelandic these days and have you tried teaching it to any of your castmates? If so how did they get on?

They're not the best. They tried to learn some when some of them came to visit me in Iceland last summer but I'm pretty sure they've forgotten it all. I of course still speak Icelandic to my family and my friends back home.

We know you're partial to pizza, so what's your dream pizza topping, where would you eat it and who with?

So simple. I just want some nice cheese and garlic. Sometimes I go for mushrooms and pepperoni but not always. It's always best at home with a friend and a nice glass of red.

How do you feel about being New Life Magazine's Woman of the Year?

Honestly I feel like there are probably a lot more women who've accomplished more admirable feats than I have last year. But it's an honour to be thought of as a role model and as someone who people find successful.

Fans love seeing your updates from the Poldark set on twitter. How do you find Twitter from your end and is it ever a bit daunting?

It was at first. But I've learned to keep it balanced. My followers are so lovely and sweet, it would be hard not to enjoy their comments. 


Heida is on Twitter @ReedHeida  and Instagram where she posts pictures and updates from the Poldark set.

You can catch Heida's episode of Death in Paradise on Thursday 21st January, 9pm on BBC 1. It will also be available on iplayer after broadcast.

Read about when Heida, along with Jack Farthing, performed a scene from series 2 of Poldark for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Chinese president last year.

Read about how Elizabeth's portrait in Trenwith was created in our interview with artist, Gavin Lines.

Please remember to credit Poldarked when sharing this interview.

What's Your Favourite Ross Moment?

What's your favourite Ross moment from Poldark S1?  'I am you humble servant', 'Challenging Sansom',  ''Saying goodbye to Julia' or maybe something else?  Go over to Official Poldark's You Tube Channel and let them know.

And don't forget to vote Poldark and Aidan Turner in the National Television Awards

Tuesday 19 January 2016

Video: Watch 'Poldark' Actors Short Film 'Ice Dreams'

Ice Dreams is a short film of rivalry and friendship on the Cornish coast in summer, but being shot in Cornwall is not it's only connection with our favourite period drama. Two Poldark actors, Jason Gregg and Rory Wilton, were involved in its production. Jason wrote and directed the film and Rory, who plays Richard Tonkin in Poldark, stars in it.

Jason Gregg: Actor/Writer/Director
Jason, along with his fiancee Mel Hayward who produced the film, said that the film was a pleasure to make and that, with such a local cast and crew, it was all hands on deck. He told Poldarked, 'We were very lucky as we shot the film in one day on our local beach at Porthtowan on what was literally the first dry and sunny day since the really bad storms of early 2014.  Callestick Farm kindly donated their ice cream van for the day and we managed to rope in lots of locals as extras and talented film crew including Cornish based Stephen Oxborrow and John O'Regan.

'Ice Dreams was a "propur" Cornish collaboration of local talent and I feel honoured with the success that it has had globally. To reach the Middle East for the Iran Film Festival just goes to show the power of the universal language of love (and ice cream).' 

The main character in the film is played by Rory Wilton who told us, 'I was asked to appear in Ice Dreams by my good friend Jason a few months before filming was scheduled. We'd known each other through the business for some time, but never had the opportunity to actually work together. He sent through a very simple outline of the screenplay, and what really struck me was the clarity and simplicity of its beautifully told story, I didn't need to think about it twice, I accepted the role and called him straight away.

'One of the things I really loved about the film was its lack of dialogue. Not only does it mean there aren't lines to learn (how much dialogue does Leonardo De Caprio actually have in The Revenant for example), but it presents you with a whole range of different performance challenges as an actor.

Rory Wilton: Photo by Pooch Purtill
'The film is a romantic comedy and therefore calls for subtlety and nuance within the performance - but still requires comic timing and characterisation. We had to play the characters and scenes completely straight and avoid playing for laughs at all cost, otherwise the finished film just wouldn't be funny!

'But saying that, we did have a lot of fun filming, starting with the ice cream van burying itself up to its axles in the sand literally seconds after it arrived on location (but after an awful lot of effort by everyone involved, the van was freed and in its proper position). Some of my favourite memories of filming were the looks of glee on the children's faces every time they got given free ice cream, and the crew teetering on step ladders holding watering cans to create the rain! It was a really beautiful day on Porthtowan beach, but it was actually February or March (I think) so everyone got completely frozen in their beach wear by the wind blowing straight in off the sea! Throughout the day I was attempting to be as frugal with the ice cream as possible, as we thought we'd have to pay for we'd used, but it turned out the suppliers, Callestick Farm, said we could keep everything that was left! So as everyone else, apart from Jason, Mel, her son and I, had gone home - I ended up taking home six HUGE tubs of the stuff (as Jason and Mel didn't like ice cream!?). I was a very popular uncle with my nephews and nieces for some weeks after!!!!

'I'm really proud of Ice Dreams and I'm truly delighted for Jason and Mel that it's got the global recognition it deserves. Its performed incredibly well at film festivals all over the world and I think that's because it's a beautifully crafted, lovely little film that has brought a lot of joy to an awful lot of people. And I'm looking forward to the next one...’

Ice Dreams has already won several awards.
  • It won the gold award for Best Technical at the Manchester Short Film Festival 2015.
  • It received six nominations at the Watergate Festival 2015 and went on to win in three categories in the comedy/satire section: Best Lead Actress, Rebecca Miller; Best Cinematography; and Best Soundtrack. 
  • In 2014 it won Dish of the Day Award at the Porthleven Food & Music Festival.

Going into 2016 it has been selected for the Iran Film Festival.

Ice Dreams is a charming film. Here's wishing it every success from all of us at Poldarked!

Monday 18 January 2016

Jud & Prudie say vote for Captain Ross!

Jud & Prudie discuss the NTA's
Jud & Prudie discuss the NTA's... t'aint right... #VotePoldark #Poldark
Posted by Poldark on Monday, 18 January 2016

Fantastic new video of Jud (Phil Davis) and Prudie (Beatie Edney) from Official Poldark. 

Vote here for Poldark as Best New Drama and Aidan Turner for Best Dramatic Performance at the NTA Awards 2016 before midday (GMT) on 20th January.

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Video: 'Poldark' Outtakes Reel!

Exclusive Behind The Scenes Footage From Series 1
#Poldark like you've never seen him before... Love Poldark, #VotePoldark
Posted by Poldark on Wednesday, 13 January 2016

At last!  What we've all been waiting for! An outtakes reel from Poldark! 
With plenty of Aidan Turner in it, why not Vote Poldark and then just sit back and enjoy!
Source: Official Poldark

New Director for 'Poldark' Series 2 Finale

Poldark, Director, Poldark S2, Richard Senior
Richard Senior via cleverdick
A new director is joining the crew of Poldark to direct episodes nine and ten of season two. Richard Senior joins Will Sinclair (episodes 1-4) and Charles Palmer (episodes 5-8) as the directors of the second series.

Richard's credits include Silent Witness, The Interceptor and Our Girl.  He is the youngest director of Dr Who since its return in 2005 and received a nomination for Director Debut of the Year for his episode Let's Kill Hitler at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival Channel Of The Year Awards 2012. 

Poldark will air in the UK on BBC One in Autumn 2016. Interestingly, however, Richard's information on Poldark could be interpreted as suggesting it will air on MasterpiecePBS in 2016 too.

Poldark, Director, Poldark S2, Richard Senior

Update: 14 January 2016
Since writing this post the information on Richard Senior's web page has changed to read: Poldark will transmit in 2016 on BBC One

Poldark, Director, Poldark S2, Richard Senior

Monday 11 January 2016

Portraits in 'Poldark' : Q&A With TV Illustrator Gavin Lines

Gavin Lines
Gavin Lines is a graphic designer and illustrator for Poldark Series 1. With credits like Shaun the Sheep Movie, Broadchurch and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit, Gavin's no stranger to working in film and television but, for Poldark, his brief was somewhat unusual: to produce portraits of Charles (Warren Clarke), Francis (Kyle Soller) and Elizabeth (Heida Reed) to hang on the walls of Trenwith, the Poldark family home.

Intrigued, I asked Gavin to tell me more:

Poldarked: As a TV illustrator, is it unusual to be commissioned to do portraits?
Francis (Kyle Soller) by Gavin Lines
Gavin Lines: Although I have contributed graphics for a number of TV shows, this was the first time that I had been commissioned to create realistic portraits for a show. Previously I had fulfilled the graphic design requirements for the BBC drama The Crimson Field as well as some things for series 1 of Broadchurch - on which I first worked with Cat Meredydd, the production designer on Poldark series 1.
The majority of the work on film and television I have supplied is for Aardman Animations on many of their feature film and television projects. In the case of animation, I have created many portraits and other illustrated needs, however those would need to be in a cartoon style. Realistic portraits are something I do enjoy creating and have had many private commissions and exhibitions of my own work.

P:  What preparation did you do before you started painting? 
GL: In the case of the portraits for Poldark, the production designer and director had a clear idea of the kind of subject they needed and supplied relevant research and examples of the kind of thing they wanted. I also would research portraits contemporary to the era of the show both online and including trips to the National Portrait Gallery to see paintings up close

Charles (Warren Clarke) by Gavin Lines
P: How did you actually paint the portraits?
GL: Unfortunately due to the schedule of the production I didn't get to meet the actors or have the opportunity to have them sit for me. I first met with Cat to discuss the project and her requirements before the actors had been finalised for the roles. Cat had a clear idea of the subjects of the paintings and, once the actors had been cast, I could then gather reference pictures. Using the actor's head shots and online image reference I was able to build a library of pictures. I also requested photos from any costume or wig fittings, which were invaluable. Warren Clarke's pics from his wig fittings were very funny as he mugged for the camera. His personality really came across in those photos and he appeared to be a lovely man, not like at all like his dour onscreen persona! He had very nice things to say about his portrait too, even going as far as to say it would make a good Christmas card. I was sad to hear of his passing.

The paintings are created digitally using a drawing tablet screen and paint programme, this affords me flexibility of making any changes based on any designer or director's notes, also in terms of speed it means I can produce the pictures in the, sometimes, tight shooting schedule. The paintings were then sized to fit antique frames once the art directors had sourced and supplied them. The paintings were then printed on to canvas and varnished, which created a convincing prop.

P:  Which of the pictures did you enjoy painting the most?
Elizabeth (Heida Reed) by Gavin Lines
GL: I honestly enjoyed creating each of the portraits but I was most satisfied with the final painting of Heida as 'Elizabeth'. It was the most detailed of the paintings in terms of subject and composition. It was also the more difficult of them to do as Heida is obviously quite striking, but the director wanted her portrait to be contemporary to the times. Which meant I had to soften her features but still mantain her likeness. It took a couple of goes to achieve the right look and this is where working digitally really helps. It was also very helpful to receive photos of Heida in the correct pose, which were taken during a script reading.

P: When you watch Poldark do you find you are searching Trenwith for your work? 
GL: The nature of the kind of work I and others do for film and television means that we are always on the lookout for the items we have created. It fills you with pride to see the work on screen, but you have to not be too precious about it as often work might be far in the background or sometimes not appear at all. It is a great industry to be involved in and you do get to meet a wide range of lovely and very talented people.

P:  Have you been commissioned for any portraits on Poldark Series 2?
GL: I was asked, but I have found myself to be quite busy on other projects during the production of Poldark series 2 so I haven't been able to contribute this time. I shall definitely be on the lookout to see if the portraits make a return.

Many thanks to Gavin for this insight into the work of a TV illustrator. You can find out more at

Saturday 9 January 2016

And Then There Were None - Spoiler Free Review

And Then There Were None aired on BBC One over the Christmas period to critical acclaim and ratings success (6 million watched the first episode overnight with consolidated figures of well over 8 million and 9.5 million once iplayer figures are added, the subsequent episodes held up well too). It's easy to see why it was so popular with a stellar ensemble cast, beautifully shot and a great script by Sarah Phelps that brought Agatha Christie's classic up to date; retaining her dark story and characters, whilst making them easily accessible for a twenty-first century audience.

Aidan Turner, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

Set on just off the Devon coast, ten strangers are stranded in a house on a small island, seemingly empty but for them, all there at the behest of a mysterious U.N. Owen. The guests (a thoroughly unlikeable bunch on the whole) are played a strange recording accusing them all of heinous crimes, before they start dying. Panic ensues amongst the remaining guests as nobody knows who to trust and if they'll be next.

And Then There Were None is Agatha Christie's best selling work and has been described as the ultimate locked room mystery (plus there's no Poirot or Marple to gently guide us through here). The exploration of the darkest corners of the human mind and the paranoia, guilt and fear that grow as the story develops make for fascinating viewing. The casting is good and all the actors play their parts well and it's set to a fantastic, sinister score.

Aidan Turner, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

Of course Poldark fans will be pleased to hear Aidan Turner has an important role and acquits himself very well indeed. He's a fine actor and his presence and charisma is notable throughout the show, a particular achievement when playing alongside the likes of Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill. You may have heard something about a towel scene (unless you live on Mars). Rest assured the scene is from the book and it's Aidan's charisma and dark, predatory interaction with co-star Maeve Dermody that make this scene thrillingly sexy, as much as his impressive muscles.

Aidan Turner, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

This is a very watchable, thrilling whodunnit. Even having read the book I was still gripped by Sarah Phelps's screenplay. It's perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Aidan Turner, murder mysteries or just those who like fine, high quality television.

If you want to find out more about the making of And Then There Were None check out this video of the cast, including Aidan Turner, talking about the show, as well as the links at the bottom of the page. The show was filmed on location in Cornwall (although it is set in Devon) and at Harefield Grove Farm. You can read more about the locations used here.

Aidan Turner, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None comes to the U.S. this spring on Lifetime, with a DVD release date in the USA of 19th April we expect it to air before then. It is available to buy in the UK on DVD on 11th January here in the UK and here in the USA. And Then There Were None is a Mammoth Screen production for the BBC, directed by Craig Viveiros.

You can find out more about And Then There Were None  at the links below.

Watch the official BBC trailer for And Then There Were None

General titbits from the making of And Then There Were None 

Interview with Aidan Turner about his role in And Then There Were None 

Friday 8 January 2016

Will 'Poldark' Theme Make Classic FM's TV Top 20?

Poldark, Poldark Theme, Anne Dudley, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson

Do you love the  Poldark theme tune?  Well, now you can show your love by voting for it in Classic FM's inaugural TV Top 20.

Classic FM have joined up with S Magazine to find which theme tunes are our favourites from a list of 50 chosen by a Classic FM panel.  Anne Dudley's music for the current Poldark drama, performed by Anne Dudley, Christian Garrick and the Chamber Orchestra of London, is one of those selected.

To vote, simply choose your three favourites from this list.  There is one entry per person. Voting closes at 11.59 pm on 31 January, 2016.   The TV Top 20 will be revealed on the Classic FM website and in S Magazine on 14 February, 2016.

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Eleanor Tomlinson and Emma Spurgin Hussey Shortlisted for BBC Audio Drama Awards

Eleanor Tomlinson BBC Audio Drama Awards
Eleanor Tomlinson
Congratulations to Eleanor Tomlinson and Emma Spurgin Hussey on being shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2016.

Eleanor, who plays Demelza in Poldark, has made the shortlist for Best Debut Performance in an Audio Drama for Dead Girls Tell No Tales.  The other finalists in the category are Karen Bartke in My Name Is... and Richard Hawley in Monster.

Emma Spurgin Hussey BBC Audio Drama Awards
Emma Spurgin Hussey
Emma plays Mrs Zacky Martin in Poldark, but is a finalist for the Imison Award for Best Audio Drama Script by a New Writer, for her play The Churchill Barriers. The other contenders are 30 Eggs by Eoin O'Connor and A Thing Inside a thing Inside a Thing by Iani AJ Ross.

The Audio Drama Awards "...recognise the cultural significance, range and originality of audio drama, on air as well as online, and credit the creativity of the actors, writers, producers, sound designers and others who work within the field." Judging will be by a panel of experts. The awards ceremony will be in the Radio Theatre at BBC Broadcasting House, on Sunday 31 January.

Vote for 'Poldark' and Aidan Turner in National Television Awards!

NTA2016 Poldark Aidan Turner National Television Awards

Congratulations to Poldark and Aidan Turner on their nominations for the National Television Awards 2016!

Poldark is a contender for New Drama along with:
Dr Foster

Ordinary Lies

Aidan is in the running for Drama Performance and up against:
Suranne Jones (Dr Foster)
David Tennant (Broadchurch)
Sheridan Smith (Black Work)

The NTAs are voted for by the public, so let's get voting and make Aidan and Poldark winners!

You can vote on line (once per email address) or by calling 0905 647 2016*. Voting closes at noon on 20 January 2016.  Full terms and conditions are available here.

The winners will be announced at the National Television Awards ceremony on January 20, 2016 to be broadcast live on ITV.   Tickets for the event at the O2 in London are available from the NTA.

Vote for Poldark and Aidan here!

* Calls cost 25p per minute plus your network access charde and should last no longer than 7 minutes.