Thursday, 17 August 2017

Dressing the Women from 'Poldark' Review

Who doesn't love the costumes in a period drama? I know I do, so I just couldn't resist a visit to the Dressing the Women from Poldark exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition consists of nine outfits worn by Demelza, Elizabeth, Verity and Caroline in Poldark series two, with the exception of one of Demelza's dresses from series one. There's Elizabeth's wedding dress from her marriage to George Warleggan and Caroline's red riding outfit, but the dress which caught my attention most was Demelza's ball gown from Hugh Bodrugan's ball.  Had the seawater stains come out from her walk along the shore in it?  Handily, the museum supplies magnifiers so I was able to inspect it very closely and amazingly, yes, it seems they have! I could see no sign of salt water stains. There was a tiny white mark about a foot from the hem at the front of the dress, but whether that was mark from the sea water, I can't say.

The dresses are all given plenty of display space: many you can see from the side as well as front and, wonderfully, very close up. Understandably, you cannot touch them or take photos. Each outfit has a bit of information about the character, the fabrics, the scene it was worn in and the designer, which I particularly liked as there were two designers on series two (Susannah Buxton and Ros Little) and I had long wondered who had designed which costume.

Dressing the Women from Poldark is at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery until 10 September, 2017. Entrance to the museum and the exhibition is free.
Opening times: Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Monday open 10.30am - 4.30pm

There is car parking close by and the museum is about a ten minute walk from the railway station.

Here's a little taste of what you can see:

Demelza's  luxurious red and black floral ball gown from Poldark series two.







Elizabeth's wedding outfit from her marriage to George.

The dress worn by Caroline when she visits Dwight the night before he leaves for the Navy.





The yellow striped dress which was one of Demelza's main outfits in Poldark series one.







Caroline's riding suit which she wears when Dwight thanks her for the oranges for the villagers.







Dressing the Women from Poldark is specially put together by the costumers Cosprop for Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery and, sadly, is not a touring exhibition.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Viewing Figures for 'Poldark' Series 3

Ross, Demelza, viewing figures, Poldark S3
Photo: BBC One
The Poldark series three finale brought in the viewers with 6.1 million of us tuning in to find out how things would work out for Ross and Demelza. The seven day consolidated figures from Barb (which do not include BBC iPlayer) show episode nine was the second most popular programme on BBC One in the week of 31 July to 6 August, with Eastenders at 6.3m pipping it to the top slot.

Scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield told RadioTimes.com: “I think it has held its own over the summer.
“The thing about the English weather is it’s so terrible and it’s still raining outside anyway so people stay in to watch TV. Everyone’s pleased with the viewing figures and so many people are watching."

Poldark S3 consistently won the overnights 9pm slot grabbing up to 25% of viewers on Sunday nights. 

The premiere was the most watched episode of the series with an audience of 6.7 m. At 5.9m episode 4 was the least watched. Over the whole series Poldark averaged an audience of 6.1m. This compares to 7.6m for S1 and 6.4m for S2 (7 day consolidated figures).

BBC sources suggested to the Radio Times that: '...executives were so pleased with Poldark's performance for series three that they plan to repeat the summer scheduling experiment next year.'

Well done Poldark!

Postscript:  Poldark S3 has been airing in Australia too, just a week behind the UK. Last night's finale garnered an audience of 551k, the best of any episode since series one!  So once more - well done Poldark!

Many thanks to @veras67  on Twitter for her regular help with the figures from Australia.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

'Poldark' DVD is an Amazon Best Seller

Poldark S3 DVD, Aidan Turner, special features, audio commentary, order

Poldark series three DVD is on Amazon's best seller list and it hasn't even been released yet!

The DVD, which is due for release in the UK on Monday 14 August, comes with lots of special features according to Entertainment Focus and DVD365.  These include cast interviews, romantic relationships, the making of Poldark, behind the scenes and a double helping of something we all enjoy: cast audio commentary on episodes five and nine.

You can order Poldark S3 DVD now on Amazon price £17.99 (£19.99 for Blu-ray).


Tuesday, 8 August 2017

'Poldark' - It's the Tweetest Thing


The finale of Poldark series three really got us talking if Twitter is anything to go by.

Poldark trended last Sunday with 69% more Tweets than the average for this series. Fans live-tweeted during the episode but the peak minute for Tweets was just after it ended with 161 Tweets posted at 10.08 pm.

Kantar Media says: Ross, Demelza and George were the most Tweeted about characters but actress Heida Reed had the most mentioned handle. Most [Tweets] were praising the acting and writing, and 'Admiration' was detected in 36% of these posts. Poldark's strong Twitter following didn't disappoint, with 8.3K Tweets posted by 3.1K Unique Authors on Sunday.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Aidan Turner's Twitter Q&A



On the evening of the series finale of Poldark S3 Aidan Turner (Ross) did a Twitter Q&A answering fan questions through Official Poldark's Twitter.




































Dressing the Women from 'Poldark'


Demelza, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ballgown, Poldark


Have you ever wondered if Demelza's red ball gown in Poldark series two survived its dip in the sea? I know I have and now there's the chance to see just how good it looks at a fabulous exhibition at Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery.

Dressing the Women from Poldark  has dresses worn by Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), Elizabeth (Heida Reed), Verity (Ruby Bentall) and Caroline (Gabriella Wilde) and includes Demelza's ball gown.  The costumes are on display this summer and entrance is free.

Dressing the Women from Poldark runs until 10 September at  Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery, Riverlsey Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5TU. The venue is about a ten minute walk from the train station.
The opening times are: Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm    Sunday 2.00 - 4.30 pm.  Closed Mondays except Bank Holiday Monday when it is open 10.30 am - 4.30 pm.

It's really too good to miss!



Friday, 21 July 2017

Watching 'Poldark'



Poldark series three episode one is number seven in the BBC iPlayer Top 20 TV Episodes chart for June! The chart gives the most requested episode per series.

The episode received 934,000 requests making it sixteenth in the All TV Episodes chart. In the top and second spots are One Love Manchester with over 2 million requests and Election 2017 (1.3m). Three Poldark episodes aired in June meaning episodes two and three had fewer than 901k requests (see the chart below).

Away from iPlayer, Poldark S3 has consistently won the 9pm Sunday night slot in the seven day consolidated figures produced by Barb. The figures, available for episodes one to five, show that 6.7 million watched the series premiere and 6 million episode five, the two most popular episodes so far. Episode 4 is the least watched with 5.9m. To put this in context, the number of viewers for series one ranged between 8.7m (Ep1) and 6.8m (Ep7) and for series two 6.9m (Ep10) and 5.95m (Ep5).



Source: iPlayer Performance Pack

Australians! Win a Signed 'Poldark' S3 DVD



Here's a great chance for Australian residents to win a copy of the Poldark S3 DVD signed by Aidan Turner!

Simply order a copy of Poldark S3 or the complete series 1-3 box set from Sanity, fill out the competition form and say why you love Aidan as Ross in 25 words or fewer. The competition closes on 22 August, 2017.

You can order Poldark series 3 DVD here  price $29.99

You can enter the competition here

Poldark S3 is due for release in Australia on 30 August 2017.

Good luck!


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Aidan Turner's Q&A at OIFF (translator free)

Aidan Turner gave a Q&A at Odesa International Film Festival on 18 July, 2017.
In the video below Aidan talks about fans, social media and getting into character.  Unfortunately the video ends abruptly when he is talking about objectification at around 11.30 minutes.

The original video has a translator's voice on so we're grateful to  Silvia Lindner-Rae for producing this translator free version.



If you have trouble catching what's being said try our audio version. Just click the link on the caption of the photograph below.

Audio of Aidan's Q&A

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Farewell Captain Henshawe!

In a move that caught us all off guard, Captain Henshawe died a hero's death in Poldark last week. Deviating from the novels, the rescue of Dwight Enys (Luke Norris) from the French prison camp ended with Henshawe dying as the Cornishmen made their escape. Viewers were left shocked but John Hollingworth, who plays Henshawe, sees the logic in it. He explained to the Radio Times, 'With so many new and brilliant characters coming in, there was going to be less and less story oxygen for Henshawe to live on. They (writer Debbie Horsfield and executive producer Karen Thrussell) said, "Look, I think it’s best if we just release you and say goodbye to the character."  I was really pleased they did that because they gave me a really great exit story – having been on the periphery of a lot of the stories for three years it was lovely to come to the foreground in such a lovely way.'

In a tribute to John and Captain Henshawe BBC One posted this farewell video:






Official Poldark tweeted:




John Hollingworth said goodbye with this tweet:



But it wasn't quite goodbye. BBC One later posted a video of John and the make-up team showing how he got his horrific 'injuries'.




Farewell Captain Henshawe! You'll be missed.

John Hollingworth at Poldark BFI Screening 2016
Photo: EvieBowman for Poldarked

Friday, 14 July 2017

Aidan Turner on OIFF, Poldark and his Latest Project (version 2)




Here is a very rough translation of an interview with Aidan Turner for the Ukranian magazine Focus
The article is dated 14 July 2017.  Among other  things, Aidan talks about Poldark, The Odesa International Film Festival, his latest project filming in Massachusetts with Sam Elliott and the infamous 'handbag snatch story' of 2014.

Irish actor Aidan Turner of disbelief in the supernatural, impressions of OIFF and skills of past life





According to one version, the name Aidan - derived from the Gaelic "fire". After talking with Aidan Turner, you know: there is a grain of truth in this. Irish actor - zinger, who will give odds to any of its colorful characters. By the way, "hot" and recognized role in the 34-year-old Turner missing: dwarf Kili from "The Hobbit", the artist Rossetti from "Desperate Romantics" Captain Poldark series of the same name.
Say, brown-eyed handsome man - a real contender to be the next 007. Shortly before his interview with the producer warns about bondiane the star not to ask. Is someone afraid to jinx it offer?

Aidan you a superstitious person? - No, not a bit. Not superstitious, not religious, I do not believe in the paranormal. Frankly, I'm always surprised when I hear that this or that person believes in omens. Some of my colleagues have a whole theory on this subject: someone wearing the amulet, who is not lazy to perform some ritual every day. I'm not rushing on the ability to come up with something like that myself. I am a down to earth in this sense, people do not try to complicate things and see what is not there
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You have often said that the new film project of interest to you only if it's an interesting story. By what criteria to select projects? - It is difficult to answer. Sometimes you read a script - something sank in, and you realize: yours. It happens that it is not even in the role, and the plot. Or, for example, the proposal came from the director with whom you want to work. This can not be predicted.
Sometimes people ask me: "Would you like to play in such a picture?" And I do not know what to say. I can not talk about something abstract! Let me show the script to tell about who leads the project, and then we can think if I film interesting.

Some of the actors have drawn parallels between their roles and what happens to them in real life. For example, your character Ross Poldark saved from a beating Demelzu. How often do you have to perform feats beyond the screen? - I'm not a superhero, I'm just an actor playing the roles. Not all soglas- us to live with it. When I first arrived in Odessa, many reporters have written, that I helped the girl allegedly snatched her bag from the hands of robbers. It's nice that someone has tried, wrote me a beautiful story. In fact, there was nothing. Of course, if in front of me someone stole something, I would not stay on the sidelines. Just like any other person. But the right thing to do - it's a natural reaction, I would not consider myself a hero. I can play Captain Poldark, can be a dwarf of "The Hobbit", to save the world in any other picture. But this show. My real life is a little more boring than the life of my characters. This is normal.

You have worked with many talented actors and actresses. With whom have you had the most comfortable to divide the shooting area? - Probably, Eleanor Tomlinson. This incredibly talented actress, with whom we have shared a lot of scenes in the new season of "Poldark". My character, Ross is married to her Demelze, they have an uneasy relationship, and our job - to play so that the audience believed it. You understand that when two
actor playing a married couple, in any case they have to communicate. I am glad that we get along with Eleanor. When one of us that something does not work, we will not break, exercise patience. And, of course, we discuss their scenes together to achieve the highest quality results. It is important.
I love the team working on "Poldark". Though I must admit that in every project, where I worked, there were people with whom I would gladly crossed again. Perhaps the day is not enough to call all. I was lucky to have cool people.

Before joining the movies you worked as an apprentice electrician. Were there any skills from that period?
- I have nothing to boast of (laughs). My dad - electrician. As a teenager, I for some time followed behind him, he was waiting in the wings, but mastered by only a few basics. To be honest, a little sorry I did not inherit the father's knowledge. If need be, I can replace a light bulb.

On the screen you are able to be different - and a dwarf, and a vampire, and artist-rebel. screenwriter and director - Do not try myself in a new incarnation's time?
- In my opinion, is not the time. It is possible that I will fall kakomto stage project, for which I'll put on director's cap. But as I head in the roles: I received tempting offers, and I see myself as solely an actor. In August, I'm leaving for a few weeks in Massachusetts, where I will participate in the filming with Sam Elliott. In September, I will return to filming the fourth season of "Poldark" - it will take me to the end of the year. Then he plans to play in the play.

If you still have undertaken to lead the film project, what genre would prefer? - Comedy.

Since 2014 you a regular guest of the Odessa International Film Festival. How has the festival for three years?
- The festival is growing: the program is expanded, a selection of films has become more interesting, the number of visitors has increased. Everyone with whom I spoke on this topic, confirm that from year to year, the festival grows stronger, his incredible potential. So I like to come here.

This year you starred in a promo video for OIFF. What's it like - to play himself?
- I like it. But it should be noted, it was only one version of me. I played the actor - apparently, the actor Turner. For me, this role is not very different from that of any other representative of my profession, which was in an unfamiliar city and trying to "find" your character. He arrives in a new place, and before you go on stage, imbued architecture, people and music. He, like all of us, inspiring new places and experiences.
We are working with a wonderful crew, and it seems that everything turned out perfectly. I can not wait to see the result on the big screen.

This Promo video that everyone should find their movies. What the movie did you come to Odessa?
- Do not know yet. I'm going to Odessa not for any particular film and the festival, from which programs are always delighted. During the first or second of his visit to Odessa, it is here, at the film festival, the first time I looked, "Boyhood" Richarda Linkleytera. This tape is very impressed with me. That's what is remarkable Odessa Festival: incredible genre and thematic variety and a single random movie.

Complete this sentence: "If next year Aidan Turner return to Odessa, it would mean ..."
- Next year? I have no idea! (Laughs.) I do know that I like you exactly.

Aidan Turner on OIFF, Poldark and his Latest Project

Here is a very rough translation of an interview with Aidan Turner for the Ukranian magazine Focus
The article is dated 14 July 2017.  Among other  things, Aidan talks about Poldark, The Odesa International Film Festival, his latest project filming in Massachusetts with Sam Elliott and the infamous 'handbag snatch story' of 2014.

If you have problems reading this post please see this later version.

Irish actor Aidan Turner of disbelief in the supernatural, impressions of OIFF and skills of past life






Irish actor Aidan Turner of disbelief in the supernatural, impressions of OIFF and skills of past life
According to one version, the name Aidan - derived from the Gaelic "fire". After talking with Aidan Turner, you know: there is a grain of truth in this. Irish actor - zinger, who will give odds to any of its colorful characters. By the way, "hot" and recognized role in the 34-year-old Turner missing: dwarf Kili from "The Hobbit", the artist Rossetti from "Desperate Romantics" Captain Poldark series of the same name.
Say, brown-eyed handsome man - a real contender to be the next 007. Shortly before his interview with the producer warns about bondiane the star not to ask. Is someone afraid to jinx it offer?
Aidan you a superstitious person? - No, not a bit. Not superstitious, not religious, I do not believe in the paranormal. Frankly, I'm always surprised when I hear that this or that person believes in omens. Some of my colleagues have a whole theory on this subject: someone wearing the amulet, who is not lazy to perform some ritual every day. I'm not rushing on the ability to come up with something like that myself. I am a down to earth in this sense, people do not try to complicate things and see what is not there.
You have often said that the new film project of interest to you only if it's an interesting story. By what criteria to select projects? - It is difficult to answer. Sometimes you read a script - something sank in, and you realize: yours. It happens that it is not even in the role, and the plot. Or, for example, the proposal came from the director with whom you want to work. This can not be predicted.
Sometimes people ask me: "Would you like to play in such a picture?" And I do not know what to say. I can not talk about something abstract! Let me show the script to tell about who leads the project, and then we can think if I film interesting.
Some of the actors have drawn parallels between their roles and what happens to them in real life. For example, your character Ross Poldark saved from a beating Demelzu. How often do you have to perform feats beyond the screen? - I'm not a superhero, I'm just an actor playing the roles. Not all soglas- us to live with it. When I first arrived in Odessa, many reporters have written, that I helped the girl allegedly snatched her bag from the hands of robbers. It's nice that someone has tried, wrote me a beautiful story. In fact, there was nothing. Of course, if in front of me someone stole something, I would not stay on the sidelines. Just like any other person. But the right thing to do - it's a natural reaction, I would not consider myself a hero. I can play Captain Poldark, can be a dwarf of "The Hobbit", to save the world in any other picture. But this show. My real life is a little more boring than the life of my characters. This is normal.
You have worked with many talented actors and actresses. With whom have you had the most comfortable to divide the shooting area? - Probably, Eleanor Tomlinson. This incredibly talented actress, with whom we have shared a lot of scenes in the new season of "Poldark". My character, Ross is married to her Demelze, they have an uneasy relationship, and our job - to play so that the audience believed it. You understand that when two actor playing a married couple, in any case they have to communicate. I am glad that we get along with Eleanor. When one of us that something does not work, we will not break, exercise patience. And, of course, we discuss their scenes together to achieve the highest quality results. It is important.
I love the team working on "Poldark". Though I must admit that in every project, where I worked, there were people with whom I would gladly crossed again. Perhaps the day is not enough to call all. I was lucky to have cool people.
Before joining the movies you worked as an apprentice electrician. Were there any skills from that period?
- I have nothing to boast of (laughs). My dad - electrician. As a teenager, I for some time followed behind him, he was waiting in the wings, but mastered by only a few basics. To be honest, a little sorry I did not inherit the father's knowledge. If need be, I can replace a light bulb.
On the screen you are able to be different - and a dwarf, and a vampire, and artist-rebel. screenwriter and director - Do not try myself in a new incarnation's time?
- In my opinion, is not the time. It is possible that I will fall kakomto stage project, for which I'll put on director's cap. But as I head in the roles: I received tempting offers, and I see myself as solely an actor. In August, I'm leaving for a few weeks in Massachusetts, where I will participate in the filming with Sam Elliott. In September, I will return to filming the fourth season of "Poldark" - it will take me to the end of the year. Then he plans to play in the play.
If you still have undertaken to lead the film project, what genre would prefer? - Comedy.
Since 2014 you a regular guest of the Odessa International Film Festival. How has the festival for three years?
- The festival is growing: the program is expanded, a selection of films has become more interesting, the number of visitors has increased. Everyone with whom I spoke on this topic, confirm that from year to year, the festival grows stronger, his incredible potential. So I like to come here.
This year you starred in a promo video for OIFF. What's it like - to play himself?
- I like it. But it should be noted, it was only one version of me. I played the actor - apparently, the actor Turner. For me, this role is not very different from that of any other representative of my profession, which was in an unfamiliar city and trying to "find" your character. He arrives in a new place, and before you go on stage, imbued architecture, people and music. He, like all of us, inspiring new places and experiences.
We are working with a wonderful crew, and it seems that everything turned out perfectly. I can not wait to see the result on the big screen.
This Promo video that everyone should find their movies. What the movie did you come to Odessa?
- Do not know yet. I'm going to Odessa not for any particular film and the festival, from which programs are always delighted. During the first or second of his visit to Odessa, it is here, at the film festival, the first time I looked, "Boyhood" Richarda Linkleytera. This tape is very impressed with me. That's what is remarkable Odessa Festival: incredible genre and thematic variety and a single random movie.
Complete this sentence: "If next year Aidan Turner return to Odessa, it would mean ..."
- Next year? I have no idea! (Laughs.) I do know that I like you exactly.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Behind the Scenes of the Roscoff Recue

video


Official Poldark have produced this video giving us a behind the scenes look at the rescue of Dwight Enys (Luke Norris) from the French prisoner of war camp in Poldark S3 episode 5. You can see the original on their facebook page 

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Aidan Turner at the Odessa Film Festival



The eighth Odessa International  Film Festival opens on Friday 14 July and this year Aidan Turner has been given the honour of being one of the festival's jurors.  Aidan has been a guest at the festival on two occasions in recent years and this year has taken part in their promotional video.

In addition to being a juror Aidan will present the animated film Loving Vincent in the non-competitive Special Screenings section of the festival. Aidan plays The Boatman in the film which will have it's Gala Premiere at 3.30 pm EEST (EEST is two hours ahead of BST) on Monday 17 July.

There is also the chance for fans to see Aidan at a Q&A session on Tuesday 18 July at 1.15pm EEST. In 2014 when Aidan did a Q&A at the festival, questions could be posted on the OIFF facebook page but as yet OIFF haven't announced if this will be so for the coming event.

More details are available in the OIFF Programme

Aidan Turner at OIFF Q&A 2014

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Vote 'Poldark' in TV Choice Awards 2017



It's voting time again and  Poldark , Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson have all made it through to the final round of the TV Choice Awards 2017.  In 2015 Poldark won Best New Drama so let's make it a winner again!

Poldark is up against Broadchurch, Line of Duty and Our Girl in the Best Drama Series category.

Aidan has been nominated for Best Actor. The other contenders are Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant and George Rainsford.

Eleanor goes against Olivia Colman, Michelle Keegan and Amanda Mealing for Best Actress.

You can vote here.    Voting closes 7 July at midnight BST.

You can vote as often as you like if you submit without using your email.

The TV Choice Awards will be presented by Richard Osman at The Dorchester on 4 September.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Aidan Turner Cast in New Film

Photo: BBC Radio 2
Update 29 June: Deadline reports  Aidan Turner Joins Sam Elliott in The Man who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot

Aidan Turner has been cast in a Robert D Krzykowski film shooting this August according to The Lisa Richards Agency. He will play the character Barr. The agency do not give the film's title.

Robert D Krzykowski has written and will direct the film The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot this August Deadline reports. The movie's main character is called Calvin Barr. Sam Elliott is already on board to play Barr so there's speculation that Aidan may play him as a young man. Then, of course, for Aidan it will be back to Poldark in September for the filming of series four.



Monday, 19 June 2017

Viewing Figures for 'Poldark' S3 Premiere



Poldark series three got off to a good start last week (11 June) with 5.5 million (a 24% share) watching the season premiere, just surpassing the numbers for the first episode of series two (5.1 m, 23% share) according to OvernightsTV. The seven day consolidated figure from Barb (which does not include iplayer) ranked Poldark S3 episode 1 as BBC One's third most popular programme last week with an audience of 6.7 million, the same number as watched the premiere of series two. Eastenders ranked number one and two.



Happy Birthday, Aidan Turner!


Photo: Evie Bowman

Happy birthday, Aidan Turner! Aidan is 34 today and, as he celebrates his birthday, the show that made him a household name is delighting audiences up and down the country with it's third series on British TV! It is, of course, Poldark in which Aidan plays the lead character Ross.


Poldark
Aidan was born in 1983 in Clondalkin, Dublin, in a house in which he lived for the next 20 years with his Mum, Dad and older brother. He left school knowing he didn’t want to do anything ‘mundane’ and eventually signed up for a six week ‘Acting for Camera’ course because he thought it looked ‘like a laugh.’ Aidan says the class '...was a game changer for me. The buzz of walking "on stage" …was a rush I hadn’t quite achieved through anything else up to that point in my life. And so naturally, I loved it.’

That buzz led to Aidan training at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. He graduated in 2004 and, within months, was performing in The Plough and the Stars at The Barbican, one of London’s top theatres. There followed several years of acting both in fringe and mainstream theatre.

Desperate Romantics
From 2007, Aidan began to get roles in television and film. He played the lead in the feature film Alarm which was released in 2008. Around this time Aidan was cast in the Irish television drama The Clinic and, playing the receptionist Ruairí McGowan, found himself nominated for Favourite Newcomer to Irish TV in the Now TV Awards 2009.

Then, ‘without the safety net of an actual job,’ Aidan moved to London, where he soon found work playing the vampire Mitchell in what was to become the award-winning BBC drama, Being Human.

More television roles followed. He played the artist Rossetti in Desperate Romantics (his audition tape for which was filmed by his friend and fellow Being Human actor Russell Tovey) and the cad John Schofield in the critically acclaimed biopic Hattie. 

Spotted in Being Human by Peter Jackson, Aidan won the role of the dwarf Kili in The Hobbit. Aidan says of working on The Hobbit, ‘It was amazing, being flown out to the other side of the world, being part of the Peter Jackson experience. As Kili I’ve got my own Lego figure. How did that happen?’


And Then There Were None
In February 2014 the BBC announced Aidan was to play Ross in a new television adaptation of Poldark and the rest, as they say, is history!

In between filming three series of Poldark Aidan has starred in the films The Secret Scripture, Loving Vincent and Look Away. He was praised for his stand out performance in the BBC's Agatha Christie thriller And Then There Were None with Variety saying, 'Turner does the best work of his career.'








Here are some bits of Turner Trivia you may, or may not, know!
  • As an actor Aidan has had lots of fight training and, for Poldark, says, ‘I really enjoy the fight scenes, they are so much fun,but it wasn't always so.  Talking about the fight in Desperate Romantics in 2009 he said, 'Yeah, that was scary. He scared the life out of me, you can see it in the take. Thank God the camera doesn't go down a bit lower, I'd be absolutely shivering. That fight in particular, it was mad.'
  • Aidan was first mooted as '...the next James Bond' by reviewers of the play Cyrano back in 2006
  • He likes to paint and, according to fellow The Hobbit actor Jed Brophy, he's brilliant at it, ‘Although’ Jed says, ‘he would hate me saying that, because he doesn’t rate it. But I saw some of the art that he did when he had days off  and I think that he’s got a lot of talent.’
  • Aidan enjoys his food. In fact, one of his few complaints about Poldark is that he has to watch what he eats so as not to put on weight. From Brussel sprouts, 'I'm a big fan of those,' to ToffyPops of which he once admitted, 'I'm totally addicted'  he says, 'I eat everything. There is no food I don’t like.'
  • Back in 2006 Aidan claimed that one thing he would never be able to do is, '...a one-arm press-up. I've smashed my face so many times trying this one.'  From the look of Aidan in Poldark we're guessing this is no longer true!
  • Aidan is terrified of sky diving. While out in New Zealand, James Nesbitt persuaded Aidan to try it. And did he man-up for it? 'Oh! When you say man-up – I screamed all the way down. I had a panic attack on the way down. I couldn’t breathe. Yeah. Yeah. It’s all on tape… I didn’t man-up at all!'
Here's wishing Aidan a very Happy Birthday and another successful year!



Tuesday, 13 June 2017

US Preview Screening of 'Poldark' S3



Great news! It looks like PBS are doing free preview screenings of the first episode of Poldark once again.

WTCI in Chattanooga are showing Poldark S3 Episode 1 at The Palace Picture House on 14 September, 6.30pm to 8.00pm EDT. The event is free. You can register for tickets from now until 2 July though, of course, places are limited.

Find out more and register here.

Poldark S3 will air in US on PBS Masterpiece on 1 October 2017.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

'Poldark' Series Three DVD Available for Pre-Order in UK



Updated 15 June 2017:  DVD image added

The DVD of Poldark S3 is now available for pre-order in the UK.  Amazon are offering the DVD for £17.50 with a release date of 14 August 2017.

You can order the DVD here.

Check out our earlier post for ordering Poldark S3 in Australia.

'Poldark' S3 Episode 2 Trailer




Can't wait for next week? Here's the trailer...

Thursday, 8 June 2017

'Poldark' S3 DVD Available for Pre-order in Australia


Updated 23 June: ABC Shop have the release date as 23 August

The dvd of Poldark S3 is now available for pre-order in Australia!

As yet there is no cover picture and few details, but Sanity are advertising the dvd at $39.99 with a release date of  2 August, 2017.

Meanwhile we can enjoy the trailer from ABC TV.

Many thanks to  Margaret James on Facebook for this news.

Poldark S3 airs in UK Sunday 11 June, in Australia Sunday 18 June and in US 1 October.

Related Links:
Poldark Series 3 Coming to Australia Soon!
Poldark Returns 11 June
Poldark S3 Trailer is Here!
Ross and Demelza: A Happier Time
Dramatic Start to Poldark S3

Monday, 5 June 2017

'Poldark' Series 3 Coming to Australia Soon!

Trailer with spoilers - be warned!!!


Poldark series three will be out in Australia just a week after it airs in the UK!

Thanks to @veras67 on Twitter and Roz Bevis on Facebook, we've learnt that ABC TV has been showing a trailer for Poldark with the news that it will be back on Sunday 18 June at 8.30 pm, although it is yet to appear in the ABC schedule.

Poldark series three will air in the UK on BBC One at 9 pm on Sunday 11 June, in Australia on ABC at 8.30 pm on 18 June and in the US on PBS Masterpiece on 1 October, 2017.

We can't wait!

Updated 5 June 2017:

Thanks again to Roz Bevis for this ABC schedule confirming the date and time




Related Links:
Dramatic Start to Poldark S3
Ross and Demelza: A Happier Time


Friday, 2 June 2017

'Poldark' S3 Trailer is Here!

The BBC One trailer for Poldark series three is out with some familiar faces and lots of new characters to spot. Poldark returns to our screens on Sunday 11 June, 9pm, BBC One (1 October, Masterpiece in US).






 Related links:
Episodes
Dramatic Start to Poldark Series 3
Poldark Returns 11 June!

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

'Poldark' Returns 11 June!



The wait is nearly over! The BBC have announced that Poldark will return to our screens in UK on 11 June!

We've known since April that series three will air in June in the UK but news of the actual date seems long overdue. It had been expected the show would take the Autumn slot it held last year but at the BFI and Radio Times Festival executive producer Damien Timmer said they wanted to keep the show's momentum going, having felt the gap between series one and two was just too long. Poldark S3 covers all of Winston Graham's The Black Moon and half of  The Four Swans.

In September the cast and crew will begin filming the fourth series of Poldark, covering the remainder of The Four Swans and the whole of The Angry Tide. Recently The Radio Times suggested, if commissioned, the drama may run to a fifth series with the remaining five books being covered in one season.  Whilst it seems quite a task to cover five books in a single series Karen Thrussell said at the press preview earlier this month,"What's always been so brilliant about Debbie (Horsfield's) writing is the way she writes short scenes and they power through. You get these characters and she punches you with them."

Poldark series three is on BBC One, Sunday 11 June at 9 pm and on PBS Masterpiece 1 October.

Related Links:
Nine Snippets from Poldark at the BFI and Radio Times Festival
Poldark Series Four gets the Go-ahead

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Promo Shots for 'Poldark' S3

The BBC have released some promo shots of the cast for Poldark series three:

Poldark Series Three, Aidan Turner, Ross
Aidan Turner as Ross


Poldark Series Three, Eleanor Tomlinson, Demelza
Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza


Poldark Series Three,Heida Reed, Elizabeth
Heida Reed as Elizabeth

Poldark Series Three,Jack Farthing, George Warleggan
Jack Farthing as George Warleggan

Poldark Series Three, Luke Norris, Dwight Enys
Luke Norris as Dwight Enys

Poldark Series Three, Gabrielaa Wilde, Caroline Penvenen
Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Penvenen