Monday 31 October 2016

Clip: Poldark S2 Episode 10

Ross tells Demelza he's considering returning to the army but unable to forgive his recent betrayal, Demelza mocks his "gallantry".

Saturday 29 October 2016

'Loving Vincent' Preview Talk

Loving Vincent, Aidan Turner,
Aidan Turner as Boatman
Filmgoers are in for a real treat when Loving Vincent hits our screens next year if last night's preview at London's National Gallery is anything to go by.

Loving Vincent is a 'painted animation film, looking into the mystery of Vincent van Gogh's death, told through the medium of his paintings' and it features Poldark stars Aidan Turner as Boatman and Eleanor Tomlinson as Adeline Ravoux.

Writer/director Hugh Welchman began the evening with a ten minute introductory talk about the film in which he gave some fascinating insights such as how, when they started filming, it was generally held that Van Gogh had cut off a third of his ear but how, by the time they finished filming, this belief had changed to one of him cutting off all of his ear, so thousands of the film's pictures had to be altered! During the introduction an audible intake of breath went through the audience when Aidan was mentioned but we only saw a glimpse of him as Boatman. The real delight, however, was Eleanor. The plan was to show an 18 minute excerpt of the film but, due to
Loving Vincent, Eleanor tomlinson,
Eleanor Tomlinson as Adeline Ravoux
some technical issue, we were treated to half an hour, much of which featured Eleanor. It was really exciting to hear her unmistakable voice coming through and see her expressions, bringing Adeline Ravoux to life. A little on accents here: although the film takes place France, English/Irish accents are used throughout with the exception of Van Gogh who has a Dutch accent. When the film is released in France, however, it will be in French.

One of my fears about Loving Vincent was that a whole feature film in the style of Van Gogh's paintings might be a little overwhelming, so I was pleased to discover that the film-makers have addressed this by painting the flashbacks to when Vincent was alive in a black and white, realistic style.  Clever!

The preview evening was one of only two planned for the film. The second will take place at Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam next month but, if you're planning to go, get your tickets early. Last night's event in a theatre that seats 328, was a sell-out!

Here are some photos from the evening which was attended by one of the stars of the film, Douglas Booth, who plays Armand Roulin.  Apologies for the poor quality.

Loving Vincent, Aidan Turner, Eleanor tomlinson, Douglas Booth
Douglas Booth (Armand Roulin) and Hugh Welchman

Douglas Booth plays Armand Roulin

Douglas Booth

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Viewing Figures for 'Poldark' S2 Episodes 7 and 8

The second series of Poldark gained its highest share of the television audience this season with its controversial episode on Sunday. Episode eight won a 23.8% share of viewers according to OvernightsTV. The audience numbers continued their steady week by week climb from a low of 4.7 million for episode five to 5m this Sunday, making it the third most popular episode this series.

Barb's seven day consolidated viewing figures for episode seven, which do not include BBC iplayer, were down slightly on the previous week's from 6.2m to 6.14m. Poldark was eleventh in the ranking of  BBC One's shows for the week, with the drama The Missing coming fourth. Other shows in the top ten were The Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Eastenders and Countryfile.

Catching up with the ratings in Australia for the five city metro area, episode 4 of Poldark was watched by 468k on 16 October rising to 482k for episode 5 last Sunday, its second best showing of the season after episode 3 (502k) according to TVTonight.

Sunday 23 October 2016

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Video: Aidan Turner on Poldark's Fights

Aidan Turner shows just how much he enjoys the fight scenes in Poldark in this short video from Masterpiece PBS.

Related links:
Poldarked: All The Fun of the Fight
Poldarked: Aidan Turner: Fighting Talk
Poldarked: Pamela Haddock: Making-Up Ross

Tuesday 18 October 2016

'Poldark' at MipCom 2016

This week ITV Studios, the international distributors of Poldark, are promoting the show at MipCom, a global entertainment market where TV programmes are bought and sold.

Aidan Turner as Ross graces the 'Welcome' page of ITV Studios Programme Highlights 2016, with details of the drama appearing a few pages later.

ITV Studios have a rather neat sales 'house' at MipCom this year: the photos of the 'house' being constructed and of it complete are via DesignScene WW

Here's wishing ITV Studios a terrific week with their sales of Poldark.

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Monday 17 October 2016

Audience Numbers for 'Poldark'

Poldark, S2, Episode 7, viewing figures, aidan turner

With no Victoria on ITV to compete with and a cracking episode of Poldark last night it's good to see the overnight viewing figures edge towards the 5 million mark this week, with an audience of 4.96m which is a 22.4% share of viewers, according to OvernightsTV. The small increase on the previous week (4.9m) means episode 7 was the third most popular of this series so far.

The seven day consolidated figures from Barb (which do not include BBC iplayer) give an audience of 6.16 m which is good news after the previous episode's dip below the 6m mark. While the number of viewers for series two has not matched those for series one, Poldark is BBC One's best performing drama in September and October. This week, for example, the shows with higher audiences were The Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Eastenders and Countryfile.

NB: We usually take a look at the viewing figures for Australia here too, but they don't seem to be out yet, so we'll catch up with those next week.

Sunday 16 October 2016

CLIP: No Hope for Grace

In this clip from Poldark S2 Episode 8 Ross and Demelza discuss the future of the mine.

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Visual Effects Magic on Poldark

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The visual effects company Lexhag show how they work their magic on Poldark in these mini-clips.

Vote for 'Poldark' in the National Television Awards

Who can forget the surprise and excitement of the National Television Awards 2016 when Aidan Turner won the TV Moment of the Year Award for Poldark?

Now the nominations are out for the National Television Awards 2017 and Poldark, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson and Heida Reed are all contenders!

You can vote for Poldark   in the following categories:
  • Period Drama
  • Drama Performance:  Aidan Turner or Eleanor Tomlinson or Heida Reed
How to vote:
You can vote in as many categories as you like, but can only vote for one nominee in each category.
Voting closes at 11 pm on 23 October.  

This is the long list of nominees from which the short list will be drawn for a second round of voting, probably in January, 2017. In previous years, votes from the long list and short list have been added together to decide the winners, so please vote now to help Poldark win!

Useful links:
Vote online
Voting Guidelines

The NT Awards are voted for by the public. The winners will be announced at the National Television Awards ceremony on 25 January, 2017 to be broadcast live on ITV. Tickets for the event at the O2 in London are available from the NTA.

Related posts:
Poldarked: The National Television Awards 2016

Monday 10 October 2016

Viewing Figures for Poldark S2

Poldark, S2, Viewing Figures, Aidan Turner
Photo: Official Poldark

Poldark S2 Episode 6 got the series its third best viewing figures last night with 4.9 million watching, which is a 22.5% share of the audience according to OvernightsTV. Episodes 1 and 4 have had the best audiences so far for the current series with over 5 million apiece.

The seven day consolidated figure for Poldark S2 Episode 5 was 5.95 m, its lowest figure ever.  The Series 1 low was 6.8m (episode 7) and Series 2 premiered with 6.7m.

The 7 day consolidated figures are produced by BARB; the data gives the number of people watching a programme on the day plus those who recorded it and played it back within a seven day period. The figures do not include iplayer: these should be available from the BBC at a later date.

Last night's finale of Victoria was watched by 5.5m (25.5% share), the best figure since the premiere according to OvernightsTV.  Victoria's seven day consolidated figure for the previous week's episode was 7.3m.

It was good news from Australia where Episode 3 of Poldark S2 aired last night to an audience of 502,000 in the five city metro area, well up from the 453,000 of the previous week (TV Tonight).

Sunday 9 October 2016

CLIP: It's an Ambush! Poldark S2 Ep 7

While Ross and the smugglers unload their boats Ross spots a warning fire.

Thursday 6 October 2016

Coming Soon! 'Poldark' Series 1 and 2 Box Set

Poldark series one and two is to be released as a box set!

The drama will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 7 November, the same day the individual second series comes out.

The box set has all 18 episodes plus over two hours of bonus material. It is classified as 12 as it contains moderate violence, threat, injury detail and sex.

Poldark Complete Series 1 and 2 is available for pre-order now price £27.99 for DVD and £34.99 Blu-ray

As a little aside, you may like to enjoy DVD menus designed for Poldark series one by Duncan Dettmer.

Related links:
Poldarked: Poldark S2 DVD Available for Pre-Order Now!
Poldarked: Poldark DVD Available for Pre-Order

Monday 3 October 2016

Watching 'Poldark'

The number of people watching Poldark (Episode 5) last night fell back to 4.7 million from the series high of 5.15 m the week before, according to Overnights TV.  The figures equaled those for Episode 3 two weeks ago and represented a 21% share of viewers.

The seven day consolidated figure for Poldark S2 Episode 4 was 6.5 m, giving the second best seven day figure this series after the premiere of 6.7m.

The 7 day consolidated figures are produced by BARB; the data gives the number of people watching a programme on the day plus those who recorded it and played it back within a seven day period. The figures do not include iplayer: these should be available from the BBC at a later date.

Victoria, for those interested, had 4.9 m viewers last night and a 22% share according to OvernightsTV. The figure reported usually includes ITV+1 although Overnights did not confirm that in their tweet. Victoria's seven day consolidated figure for the previous week's episode was 7.65m.

Episode 2 of Poldark S2 aired in Australia last night to an audience of 453,000 in the five city metro area, which is a drop from 479,000 the previous week but still left it at Number 10 in the rankings.(TV Tonight). And it was the top drama with the Rugby League Grand Final and the news taking the top five places.

Saturday 1 October 2016

Who to Look Out for in 'Poldark' S2 Episode 5

Robin Ellis as Rev Halse

It's always nice to see TV's original Ross Poldark, Robin Ellis, in the current series so look out for him making an appearance as the Reverend Halse in this week's episode.

John Macneill
Photo: Patrick Management
Amelia Clarkson Photo: IMDB
New characters this week are Rosina Hoblyn (Amelia Clarkson) and her father Jackca (John Macneill) who are visited by Dr Enys. Charlie Kempthorne (Ross Green) has his eye on marrying Rosina.  Rosina has a role to play throughout the Poldark saga.

Ross Green and Luke Norris
Photo: Official Poldark

CLIP: Poldark S2 Episode 6

"Do they serve plum pudding in debtor's prison?" Having bought Ross's debt, George and Cary delight in being able to bankrupt him in time for Christmas.