Monday, 24 April 2017

'Poldark' TV Tie-Ins Available for Pre-order

Poldark, The Black Moon, Elizabeth, Pan Macmillan
Poldark, The Angry Tide, Caroline, Pan Macmillan

Poldark series three is about to hit our TV screens and publisher Pan Macmillan is marking the occasion with the release of these super TV tie-in editions of the books The Black Moon and The Four Swans on which Poldark S3 is based (series three covers all of The Black Moon and half of The Four Swans. The other half of The Four Swans will be covered in series four along with all of The Angry Tide).

The stunning covers feature Elizabeth (The Black Moon) and Caroline (The Four Swans).

The books are due for release on 1 June 2017 but you can pre-order them now from Amazon price £7.99 each.

Pre-order The Black Moon

Pre-order The Four Swans

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

'Poldark' to Air in June, but When?

We all know Poldark will be back on our TVs in the UK on Sundays in June but the question is when?

At Poldarked we're guessing it will be June 18. Why?

Well we started with the BBC trailer of 2017 dramas and saw that all the BBC One dramas on the trailer have already aired except for Poldark, Doctor Foster and Broken. Assuming Doctor Foster will take the Autumn slot it did so well in in 2015, we're left with Poldark and the Sean Bean drama Broken.

The brilliant Line of Duty concludes in the Sunday night 9pm slot on 30 April, leaving a few weeks to fill before June.

Looking for clues about Broken we find:
  • Jesuits in Britain say it will air 'some time after Easter' - now they wouldn't lie would they?
  • Broken has just had a premiere screening at the Series Mania Festival which specialises in new, and about to air TV shows
  • Anna Friel, who stars in Broken, said on instagram two days ago 'Broken out next month?? Yay. Can't wait'
  • What better time than Sunday night to show a drama about a priest?
Broken has six episodes so, if it does start on 7 May and they show an episode a week , it will conclude on 11 June, leaving 18 June free for the return of Poldark!

This is, of course, all idle speculation but what do you think?

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Aidan Turner at the BFI & Radio Times Festival (Photos)

A selection of our photos from the Poldark panel at BFI & Radio Times Festival, April 2017. Click the thumbnail to enlarge the pic.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

'Poldark' Series Four gets the Go-ahead

Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Poldark, Series Four

Poldark series three won't air in the UK until June but series four has already been greenlit by the BBC.  Aidan Turner hinted as much in his radio interview with Dave Fanning and the news was then confirmed, first at the BFI and Radio Times Festival and then later, in a tweet by Official Poldark.

Debbie Horsfield has already written the scripts for four episodes of the new series and is currently working on number five.

Like series one, S4 will have eight episodes and will cover the remaining half of Winston Graham's novel The Four Swans and all of The Angry Tide. The upcoming third series covers The Black Moon and half of The Four Swans in nine episodes.

Filming for S4 will start in September 2017 but first we've Poldark S3 to enjoy this summer!

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Nine Snippets from 'Poldark' at the BFI & Radio Times Festival

Ross Poldark: Old-fashioned Hero for a Modern World at the BFI & Radio Times Festival was very much a celebration of Poldark and its lead actor Aidan Turner. Well, what's not to like? This meant that much of the discussion covered the now-familiar tales of how Poldark came to be made, how Debbie Horsfield came to adapt it and how Aidan Turner got the part of Ross. And, of course, the scything scene.

Here are a few snippets from the day:

  • It's official! Series Four has been commissioned and will start filming in September. Aidan had dropped a heavy hint about this in his recent interview with Dave Fanning but it's always nice to have it confirmed.
  • Series Three will air in June. Damien Timmer explained that they wanted to keep the show's momentum going, having felt the gap between series one and two was just too long.
  • Aidan broke his hand filming series three. From his gestures he seemed to indicate it was his left hand.
  • Back in 2015 at the preview screening of Poldark, Aidan teased Eleanor about Garrick not being 'amazing'.  We know Aidan is a dog person, so it was interesting to hear him expand on this saying, "He’s a working dog and when he’s on set he’s working but he’s not terribly affectionate and it kind of annoys me that he’s not. He doesn’t want to know you unless you have a treat in your hand and I just don't have time for that!"
  • Aidan's favourite scene is when he and Demelza first kiss in what he calls 'the blue dress scene'. He said there was a great energy on the day they were shooting it and, 'It just felt right, it felt real. It works for me!'
  • Aidan's comment that he doesn't think people like his beard was met with noises of approval for it from much of the audience.
  • Asked about the paparazzi and, in particular, about a documentary on Channel 4 where a certain member of the paparazzi admitted to making up stories, Aidan said, "It's frustrating when it holds up the shoot and when there are things we are trying to keep private in the show. I don't know if anybody takes these stories seriously but when he says I'm pushing people around - he fabricates the whole thing, which is kind of shocking. But as long as he doesn't get in my way I don't care."  Debbie added that the fans are brilliant and are never a problem.
  • Asked how he gets rid of his Irish accent for the show Aidan joked "Loads of talent." Debbie added, "There's this marvelous thing called ADR." 
  • Aidan's favourite British painter right now is Harland Miller, known for his paintings of vintage Penguin book covers.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

'Poldark' Series 3 UK and US Air Dates!

Poldark will be back on UK television in June!

The Radio Times announced its return and Official Poldark confirmed the news with this tweet, although the actual date is yet to be revealed.

Fans in the US will have to wait a little longer to see series three, however.  Masterpiece PBS give the premiere date Stateside as 1 October.

And what news of Series 4? Although it has not been announced Aidan Turner, in his recent interview with Dave Fanning, dropped strong hints of a September start for S4 - should it go ahead. Series 1, 2 and 3 all had four months pre-production prior to the start of filming. On that basis S4 will need to start in May. Let's hope for some news soon!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Three Things You Want to Know About 'Poldark' at BFI & Radio Times Festival

Aidan Turner, Poldark, BFI Radio Times Festival, Questions, Q&A, Video, selfie, autograph
Photo: Ellis Parrinder

With just days to go to the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival's Ross Poldark: Old-fashioned Hero for a Modern World, we ask Press Officer Liz Parkinson some of your questions about the event.

Poldarked: Will there be a chance for the audience to ask questions during the discussion?
Liz Parkinson: I have been told there will be a short Q&A at the end yes. Probably ten to fifteen minutes max.

P: Will there be an organised opportunity for fans to meet Aidan Turner for a picture or autograph?
LP: Aidan won't be doing any pre-organised meet and greet, no.

P: Will the event be videoed so people who can't come to the Festival can see it at a later date? 
LP: We have requested permission to film which is pending. If we get the go-ahead it will go online within about a week.

Liz will let Poldarked know either way about filming the panel so be sure to check back here.

UPDATE 3 April 2.10 pm:  Liz has let me know that, sadly, the event will not be videoed.

Ross Poldark: Old-fashioned Hero for a Modern World is 3.15 to 4.15pm on Saturday 8 April at the BFI IMAX, London.  Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark) along with screenwriter Debbie Horsfield and executive producer Damien Timmer will talk about the show to Radio Times' TV Editor Alison Graham. A full programme of events can be found here.

We can't wait!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Poldark Composer Nominated for BAFTA

Congratulations to Anne Dudley! Anne has been nominated for a British Academy Television Craft Award for composing the original music for Poldark.

Other contenders for best original music are:

National Treasure  -  Cristobal Tapia
Planet Earth II -  Hans Zimmer, Jacob Shea, Jasha Klebe
War and Peace - Martin Phipps

It is the second year that Anne has been nominated for Poldark. In 2016 she lost out to Steven Price and The Hunt.

The BAFTA TV Craft Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday 23 April, 2017 at The Brewery, London.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Aidan Turner on RTE Dave Fanning Show

Aidan Turner talks to Dave Fanning on RTE Radio 2 about Poldark, The Secret Scripture and his career and drops a heavy hint about a possible Poldark series four.

Many thanks to   on Twitter for alerting me to the interview.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Rumour: Will Merrick Cast as Arthur Solway

Poldark Series 3, Will Merrick, Arthur Solway
Will Merrick
Photo: United Agents
It's yet to be confirmed by Mammoth Screen but it seems actor Will Merrick has joined the cast of Poldark series three as Arthur Solway. Arthur is a librarian and plays an important part in Morwenna's story.

Will's early credits include E4's Skins where, as Aloysius Creevey, he appeared alongside fellow Poldark actor Alexander Arnold (Jim Carter). He's also appeared in Dr Who, Atlantis, About Time and Brief Encounters. Will recently played snooker player Steve Davis rather brilliantly in the BBC's excellent The Rack Pack. 

Poldark Series 3, Freddie Watkins
Freddie Watkins in Lord of the Flies
Another Poldark S3 rumour that we're delighted to hear is that Freddie Watkins has joined the cast, although we don't know his role. At Poldarked we love our connections so hope this rumour is true as Freddie is the son of Jason Watkins who, of course, starred in Being Human alongside Aidan Turner. Freddie's credits include DCI Banks, The Five and Holby City.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

'Poldark' Wins TRIC Award!

Here's some fabulous news for us all to enjoy! Poldark is the winner of the HD Drama Programme of the Year award at the Television and Radio Industries Club!

Poldark beat off the competition from Cold Feet and Vera to win. The award was collected by screenwriter Debbie Horsfield, executive producer Karen Thrussell, author Winston Graham's son Andrew, Ruby Bentall (Verity), Beatie Edney (Prudie) and Sebastian Armesto (Tankard) at a lunch time ceremony at Grosvenor House, London on 14 March, 2017.

Congratulations Poldark!  Well deserved.

Photo: TRIC

Andrew Graham and Debbie Horsfield Photo: Official Poldark

Ruby Bentall, Debbie Horsfield, Beatie Edney
Photo: Official Poldark
Karen Thrussell, Debbie Horsfield
Photo: Official Poldark

Friday, 10 March 2017

Debbie Horsfield to Attend Stoke Literary Festival

Poldark, Debbie Horsfield, Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival
Debbie Horsfield
Come and hear screenwriter Debbie Horsfield talk Poldark at the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival this June. Debbie joins the packed programme to talk about the success of Poldark and the challenges of adapting Winston Graham's well loved story for television.

Debbie's session on Saturday 10 June at 8pm is the festival's finale. Tickets are available online price £6.00.

The Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival is on 8-10 June at the Emma Bridgewater Factory. The full programme can be found here.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Aidan Turner Nominated for IFTA Award

Here's some fabulous news!

Aidan Turner has been nominated for best actor in a leading role by the Irish Film and Television Academy for Poldark! Not only that but the film The Secret Scripture, in which he has a small part, is nominated in several categories including best feature film and best director (Jim Sheridan).

Aidan will be facing competition from four other actors including his friend from The Hobbit, James Nesbitt and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor who is also in The Secret Scripture. The contenders are:

Dara Devaney   An Klondike 2
Cillian Murphy   Peaky Blinders
James Nesbit  The Secret
Aidan Turner  Poldark
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor   Trial of the Century

The IFTA Awards ceremony will be in Dublin on Saturday 8 April. A full list of nominees is given here.

Here's wishing Aidan all the very best of luck!

Monday, 6 March 2017

'Poldark' Nominated for TRIC Award

Poldark has been nominated for Best Drama in the 2017 TRIC Awards.

The TRIC Awards are given annually by the Television and Radio Industries Club. The winners a chosen by members of the industry.

Poldark is up against Cold Feet and Vera for HD Drama Programme of the Year. Previous winners include Downton Abbey and Doctor Who. A full list of nominations may be found here.

The awards will be presented at a lunch at Grosvernor House, London on 14 March 2017.

Well done Poldark!  

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Aidan Turner: All Clued Up

Aidan Turner as Kili in The Hobbit

How impressive is this?

Aidan Turner has made The New York Times crossword!

The crossword on 23 February, 2017 contained the clue: Actor Turner of "The Hobbit" (56 Across). The answer, of course, is "Aidan". Aidan played the dwarf Kili in The Hobbit trilogy, prior to starring in Poldark.

Hilary Stillman, a Poldarked reader who regularly does The New York Times crossword, brought the puzzle to my attention saying, 'This is a big deal, as a public person has to have a certain level of recognition to be used as a clue. I've done the puzzles for a long time and this is the first time I've seen Aidan Turner recognised in this way.'

It's certainly the coolest crossword clue I've seen!

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Many thanks to Hilary for sharing this story with Poldarked.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

'Poldark' Nominated for RTS West of England Awards

Poldark RTS Wesr of England Awards, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aidan Turner

Congratulations! Poldark  has received three nominations for the Royal Television Society West of England Awards 2017 in the categories Best Drama, Best On Screen Performance and Best Cinematography.

Competing against Mammoth Screen's Poldark in the Best Drama category are:
Crazyhead - Urban Myth Films
Sherlock, The Abominable Bride - Hartswood Films
The Living and the Dead -  Monastic Productions

Eleanor Tomlinson is up for Best On Screen Performance along with:
Rachael Stirling - Sixteen, Seize Films
Roger Jean Nsengiyumva - Sixteen, Seize Films
Susan Wokoma - Crazyhead, Urban Myth Films

Cinders Forshaw has been nominated for Best Cinematography for Poldark. Others in this category are:
Suzie Lavelle -  Sherlock, The Abominable Bride, Hartswood Films
Justin Brown - Sixteen, Seize Films
Matt Gray - The Living and the Dead, Monastic Productions

A full list of the nominations can be found here.

The RTS West of England Awards will take place on Sunday 19 March at the Bristol Old Vic. Tickets are on sale from 20 February from the Bristol Old Vic box office (tel: 0117 987 7877) price £45.

The Crown at Wells on 'Poldark' Filming

Last Friday, Poldark returned to the City of Wells in Somerset for the final day of filming series three. Back in November they had filmed at the Bishop's Palace but this time the action took place in the Market Square, with the Town Hall becoming the Warleggan Bank.

Adjacent to the Town Hall is The Crown at Wells and their PR and marketing manager, Sara Blair, told me, 'We were lucky to have a birds eye view of filming. The crew were just super, ensuring we got a signed photograph of Eleanor Tomlinson and Aidan Turner. They were also kind enough to leave us a Crown Inn sign which is now up in our bar.'

If you happen to be in the area, why not pop in and take a look? 

Photo credit: The Crown at Wells

Photo credit: The Crown at Wells
Photo credit: The Crown at Wells

Photo credit: The Crown at Wells

Thursday, 9 February 2017

'Poldark' Pics from Radio Times Covers Party

Here are some fun pics of the Poldark cast from the Radio Times Covers Party which was held at Claridges on 31 January, 2017.  Enjoy!

All photos are from the Radio Times.

Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ruby Bentall, Beatie Edney and Harry Richardson

I'm sure I saw Harry Richardson arrive with a skateboard tucked under his arm! Very cool! Harry was in ITV's Doctor Thorne last year, which was also presented with a Radio Times cover award.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Aidan Turner is Going to the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival!

Poldark, BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, Aidan Turner
Photo: Ellis Parrinder
Ever since the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival was announced back in December we've been hoping for this news! There will be a Poldark session at the Festival and Aidan Turner will be on the panel!

Aidan will be joined by screenwriter Debbie Horsfield and executive producer Damien Timmer for the event Ross Poldark: Old-fashioned Hero for a Modern World. They'll be discussing what makes Ross tick and there'll also be a clip from Poldark Series Three.

The event will be at the BFI IMAX on Saturday 9 April from 3.15 pm to 4.15 pm.  The IMAX seats 500 people, so is a little larger than the BFI Southbank theatre that has been used for the Poldark preview screenings.

Tickets go on sale to BFI members at 11.30 am on Friday 10 February (to Champions 24 hours earlier), to Radio Times subscribers on Saturday 11 February at 11.30 am and to the general public on Monday 13 February at 11.30 am.  They can be booked online or by phone on 020 7928 3232 (11.30 am to 8.30 pm) and cost £16 with concessions and member prices available.

There are plenty of other good things on at the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival 7-9 April such as sessions on Victoria (a Mammoth Screen production), The Crown, Line of Duty and The Night Manager. Check out the full line-up here.

UPDATE 8 Feb 2017: Please note BFI members can book a maximum of two tickets per member.