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 “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!