Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Aidan Turner Cast in New Film

Photo: BBC Radio 2
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.

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 RuairĂ­ 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:
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

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ross and Demelza: A Happier Time

The events of Poldark series two led to a make or break situation for Ross and Demelza but series three sees them still together.

"I think it is a happier time for them," Eleanor Tomlinson says at the press preview, "They've decided to work together as the great team that they are. It's a decision Demelza has made, to stay with him because she still loves him and wants to be with him. So she has to move on."

Eleanor Tomlinson. Photo Evie Bowman
But she's still trying to work out what's going on with Ross. "Yeah," says Eleanor, "That's marriage!"
And what are Aidan's thoughts? "Ah, um,well..."
"Aidan wasn't listening!" teases Eleanor.
"That's marriage, right?" he quickly quips  to much laughter!

Executive producer Karen Thrussell explains,"There's a certain amount of avoidance going on."
"Yeah," Aidan picks up on this, "There's a lot of that. If Ross isn't thinking about it or talking about it, it's not really happening. There's a lot of denial so he just keeps himself busy, taking his mind off that pressing concern until there's a real reason to think about it. It's interesting playing someone like that. If he just involves himself in something else he can detach himself from reality." He adds wistfully, "It's quite a talent!" and everyone laughs.

Aidan Turner Photo: Evie Bowman
Aidan thinks Ross is a good father. "He's kindhearted, a hard worker, morally responsible. He's a caring man, not a lazy fellow. He'd be inspiring for a young kid. Someone to look up to. A good dad."

But will Ross be taking his shirt off this year? "Am I keeping my clothes on?" Aidan responds like it's a non-issue for him. "I think the clothes stay on this year - yeah. Maybe there's some topless sleeping. I don't know. Honestly, I can't remember. The clothes come on and off so easy these days!"

You can find out for yourself very soon. The new series of Poldark  starts in June on BBC One.

Please remember to credit Poldarked when reposting from this article.

Related links:
Letters, Puddings and Drama: On the Set of Poldark Series 3
Pics from Poldark S3 Preview Screening
Dramatic Start to Poldark Series 3

Dramatic Start to 'Poldark' Series 3

"Fourth!" Aidan Turner covers his mouth with his hand and gives this aside, then looks around with a boyish grin as the audience bursts into laughter. I'm at the press preview for Poldark series three and the Q&A panel (Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Luke Norris, Jack Farthing and Karen Thrussell) have just been asked if they're happy Poldark's going out in June. It catches them off guard. Has June been confirmed? Can they say? Then Aidan breaks the tension by pretending to know the date and teases Karen Thrussell.

Aidan Turner
We've just watched the first episode of Poldark and, boy, is it good! It's fast moving with lots of drama, tense scenes and a sprinkling of humour. It's set a few months after the end of series two with an uneasy truce between Demelza and Ross; Elizabeth pregnant and married to George Warleggan; and Caroline and Dwight finding love.

The episode opens with the dramatic scene of Elizabeth's horse bolting. The scene was shown at the BFI and Radio Times Festival and, yes, it still judders before your eyes. Talking us through it Aidan says, "There was quite a big horse scene at the beginning. I don't think I'm telling tales out of school to say we went back to shoot it again because it took so long to get it right. We had the stunt guys around for that scene. It was a difficult one to nail down. But it's always fun playing around with the horses."  So is he now known for his horse riding? "Yeah, "he grins, "I'm known for horse-action. That's meeee!"

Eleanor Tomlinson
Elizabeth's baby is born and, while there may be some question on the baby's paternity, executive producer Karen Thrussell assures us, "We don't know who the father is. In the books it's not clear."  "What about the little scar?" chips in Aidan to much laughter. Karen continues,"We don't know and neither does Elizabeth for certain and neither does Demelza and neither does Ross."

The episode moves on apace then all of a sudden, excitingly, there's a moment on the beach I'd expected to see in series two and its absence caused not a little disappointment. But here it is!  In a different context to what I'd thought but a thrill to see it on screen at last! Were the fans listened to? I like to think so!

Ross pays a visit to George Warleggan at his impressive bank. Will there be fisticuffs this time? "Certainly with Ross he's getting older and more mature," says Aidan,"There are only so many barroom brawls you can get in to before somebody loses his life. They have their families to consider. It's part of growing up." Does that mean George has improved? "He's definitely worse," says Jack, "But he's also got better because you see more of him emotionally: his angst, his vulnerability."

Jack Farthing
Ross's good friend Dwight Enys has his own joys and disappointments in this first episode. Luke says, "Dwight tries to be a fundamentally decent, wonderful man and fails quite a lot. He's a guy whose moral compass is really right on but circumstances conspire against him - a lot! He makes some bad choices too."

Several of the scenes I saw filmed on my visit to Bottleyard Studio last year are in this first episode, and those of you who've read my set report may pick up on Prudie (Beatie Edney) saying "Pudding" and letters arriving at Nampara without a seal!

It wouldn't be Poldark of course if there weren't waves crashing against the rocks and a gallop along
the cliffs although this time it's not Ross but Demelza speeding away!

Luke Norris
So who can you expect to see in this first episode? Well, in addition to the main cast there are some returning characters: Ray Penvenen (John Nettles), Tom Carne (Mark Frost), Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth) and Harris Pascoe (Richard Hope). There are some new faces too. Ellise Chappell is Morwenna, Elizabeth's cousin and Harry Marcus plays Elizabeth's son Geoffrey Charles, who joins Aunt Agatha as another Poldark thorn in George Warleggan's side. Harry Richardson and Tom York play Demelza's brothers Drake and Sam. Eleanor says, "Working with them both was amazing. Tom York and Harry Richardson are my best friends now. I had such a blast and it's so lovely to have new people coming into the cast. It brings a real new energy."

Sadly, Jud (Phil Davis) is absent from series three. But there's a new character coming back into Ross's life: Tholly Tregirls (Sean Gilder). Tholly was around when Ross was a boy and was a good friend to both Ross and his father, Joshua Poldark. Sean says he believes Tholly knows Ross better than anyone. Debbie Horsfield explains, "With Tholly you can see where Ross got his bad lad tendencies. The problem is, Ross has changed in these 13 years. He isn't always the wild tearaway though there are still those tendencies. He is his right-hand man in many escapades."  Aidan enjoyed working with Sean, "Sean is such a cool fella. We just got on great."  And is it true they had fun in every scene? "We're really cool people to hang out with," he jokes.

Poldark will be back on our screens on BBC One in June. Get ready to fall in love with it all over again!

Photo credit: Evie Bowman for Poldarked

Please remember to credit Poldarked when reposting from this article.

Related links:
Letters, Puddings and Drama: On the Set of Poldark Series 3
Pics from Poldark S3 Preview Screening
Ross and Demelza: A Happier Time

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Pics from 'Poldark' S3 Preview Screening

Here are a few pics from the Q&As at last night's Poldark S3 preview screening. Sorry, there's no report as news from the event is embargoed for a while.

Poldark S3 Q&A, Aidan Turner, Luke Norris, Eleanor Tominson, Jack Farthing
Photo: Evie Bowman

Poldark S3 screening, Eleanor Tominson,
Eleanor Tomlinson 

Poldark S3 screening, Luke Norris
Luke Norris

Poldark S3 screening,Aidan Turner
Aidan Turner 

Poldark S3 screening,Aidan Turner
Aidan and Jack Farthing

Poldark S3 screening,Aidan Turner

Poldark S3 screening,Aidan Turner

Karen Thrussell, Luke Norris, Eleanor Tomlinson

Poldark S3 screening,Ellise Chappell
Ellise Chappell (Morwenna)

Poldark S3 screening,Harry Richardson, Tom York, Debbie Horsfield
Debbie Horsfield, Harry Richardson (Drake), Tom York (Sam)

All photos by Evie Bowman.

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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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.