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.

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!