Wednesday, 18 April 2018

When will 'Poldark' Return?

Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Poldark Series Four

We all know Poldark series four will be back on our screens in the next few weeks but the question is when?

Last year Poldark began on 11 June but when asked the air date at the Radio Times Covers Party in January Aidan Turner said, "Sooner rather than later. I think it's probably a different time to last year, it's probably earlier from what I can gather," and Damien Timmer at the Poldark on Stage event said it might be slightly earlier than last year. Here at Poldarked we think it will start on Sunday 20 May. Why?

Well, BBC One's drama The Woman in White starts at 9pm on Sunday 22 April. It is a five part drama and parts two and three follow, we believe, on Sunday and Monday 29 and 30 April. It's probably safe to assume the fourth episode of The Woman in White will be on Sunday 6 May but what about episode five? The following Sunday (13 May) the BBC is likely to air the BAFTA Television Awards so it makes sense for the finale of The Woman in White to be on Monday 7 May rather than wait until Sunday 20th.

And so we speculate Poldark will be back on 20 May.  What do you think?

Related Links:
Poldark on Stage
Aidan Turner Talks Poldark Air Date and Series Five



Friday, 23 March 2018

Poldark S4 Preview Screening at BFI




Poldark series four is to get a preview screening at the BFI Southbank this May!

The first episode will be shown and Aidan Turner will be there for the Q&A along with writer Debbie Horsfield and executive producer Karen Thrussell.

The event will take place on 2 May at 8.15pm. Tickets are available from the BFI website from 3 April for BFI members and 10 April at 11.30 am for non-members. Tickets are limited to two per person.

Details and tickets are available from the BFI website.


Aidan Turner Supports HIV Charity with Dinner Date Prize

Photo: Kitty Gale

Woah!

Terrific news from the Terrence Higgins Trust. Aidan Turner is supporting the HIV charity by offering dinner with him as a prize in their charity auction!  The auction, which is at Christies Auction House on 16 April, has loads of fabulous prizes including a painting of Russell Tovey and a watercolour by Tracey Emin.

The Terrence Higgins Trust is at the forefront of the fight against HIV and works towards improving the nations sexual health. Last year this event raised £240,000 and, over the years, has raised £4.2 million.

This is such a wonderful offer from Aidan. While at £150, even a ticket to the event is out of the question for many of us, let alone a bid for the dinner, it's great to see Aidan supporting such an important charity.

Tickets for the auction are available online until 15 April, 2018. Follow the link for more information.

Check out more details on the Terrence Higgins Trust  Facebook page

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Aidan Turner on Stage

One of the things I'm most looking forward to this summer is seeing Aidan Turner make his West End debut in Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Aidan returns to the stage after a break of ten years. Back in 2008, when he played Paris in Dublin's Abbey Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet, he probably had no idea that his career would take him away from live performance for so long and since 2012 he has been saying he would like to get back to his roots. As he told ARTICLE magazine recently, "It's gone beyond something I want to do at this point; it's actually something that I need to do."


Aidan Turner, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh, Noel Coward Theatre, Michael Grandage
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Photo: Johan Persson
A while ago I was lucky enough to talk to Aidan about returning to the stage. As he says, "Going to the theatre is such a different experience than, say, watching TV.  It's like, well, it's the reason I started acting. Performing in theatre is just something that's completely different. You're on stage for two hours and it's just electric and anything can go wrong. It's that fear. Nothing can go wrong on a TV set and, if it does, you call cut and just go again."

Aidan plays Mad Padraic in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a terrorist deemed too violent for the IRA, who loves his cat and is determined to find out how it met its end. Padraic can go from being brutal to disarmingly nice and fans familiar with Aidan's television work will have no trouble bringing to mind the roles he's brought both charm and menace to. Just think Philip Lombard in And Then There Were None which Variety describes as, "...the best work of his [Aidan's] career." But it's worth remembering that The Lieutenant of Inishmore is first and foremost a comedy, be it ever so black. And here, perhaps, Aidan's work in the theatre comes into play as he's no stranger to comedy on stage.

Aidan Turner, Crock of Gold
Crock of Gold Photo: Liam Halligan
Aidan played several parts in the fantasy play Crock of Gold (2006) which was noted by critics for its strong performances. From a cast of 30, reviewers sought out Aidan for the humour he brought to one his roles saying, "You have characters beautifully played such as Pan by Aidan Turner. His strutting around the stage is hilarious." Part of the fun of the theatre is having players interact with the audience which is just what Pan did, even at one time offering someone a cup of tea!





Aidan Turner, Cyrano
Cyrano Photo; Patrick Redmond
Later in 2006 Aidan played Christian in the comedy Cyrano. Reviewers praised the sharp writing of this funny play and called Aidan a "fabulous young actor who really stole the show," despite playing a "priapic lughead". As Christian, Aidan had the audience with him as he talked to Cyrano about never having been with an older woman, "except for that one time with my Aunt", responded to Roxanne's question about what makes him angry with "Britney Spears" and likened sex to paintball. There was plenty of visual comedy too with reviewers finding the sword fight with leeks inspired!


Although Aidan has been in many productions over the years the plays have often had short runs (Cyrano was eight days) with Romeo and Juliet at Ireland's national theatre The Abbey, having the longest run of 47 shows. The Lieutenant of Inishmore will run for over 100 performances. Aidan is realistic about the repetition whether it be for Poldark or on stage telling WWD magazine, "When you're anchoring a show there's some responsibility to take the lead and not to let boredom settle in. It happens in every job, it happened when I was on stage for years. After opening night, or a few weeks after, you begin to think it's old hat, that there's nothing new to discover. But it's just about re-engaging with the role, the experience and the project. I'm still having a lot of fun."

Aidan Turner, Romeo and Juliet, Abbey Theatre
In rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet Photo: Ros Kavanagh
Of course, Aidan and the cast are in the very capable hands of Michael Grandage, one of our finest directors. Aidan has not worked with Michael before but it seems they share the same ethos. Michael likes his actors to be happy and, as we know, everyone who joins the cast of Poldark says it's a lovely show to work on; Michael expects the cast to arrive at the first rehearsal knowing all their lines and Aidan's advice for auditions is to "get off book as quick as you can"; Michael hopes that, by the end of rehearsals, every line of a play will have been examined and Aidan says, "With theatre you’re kind of four-to-five weeks locked down in the room with the guys figuring stuff out. It’s back to play school.That’s what I miss the most — almost. There’s nothing like an opening night or like the curtain going up and having a full house, but also having weeks and weeks to work with your director and cast members and try to crack the play."


Aidan Turner, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh, Noel Coward Theatre, Michael Grandage
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Photo: Johan Persson
The Noel Coward, where The Lieutenant of Inishmore will be staged, is a pretty Rococo style  theatre dating from 1903.  Aidan is certainly familiar with it as a member of the audience having seen Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw there in Peter and Alice and Sarah Greene in The Cripple of Inishmaan (which he went to with some friends from The Hobbit) - both Michael Grandage productions, The Cripple of Inishmaan being a Martin McDonagh play.  I've been to the Noel Coward several times (I particularly enjoyed The Cripple of Inishmaan). The seats have a comfortable amount of leg room and there is air conditioning during the performance. A word of warning though. The Ladies loos are few in number and the foyer ones are tiny!

The Lieutenant of Inishmore  runs from 23 June to 8 September.  Follow the link tickets and more information.

Please remember to credit Poldarked when reposting this article.

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Poldark's Uniform goes on Display at Gainsborough Old Hall

Poldark unifrom, exhibition, Gainsborough Old Hall
Photo: Gainsborough Old Hall


See Ross Poldark's uniform for yourself at Gainsborough Old Hall's Historical Hall of Fame exhibition this spring/summer! The uniform, as worn by Aidan Turner in the BBC One TV series, is one of  twelve costumes from film and television to go on display along with outfits worn by stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Judi Dench and Daniel Craig.

The Old Hall's public engagement manager, Jon Hogan told the Gainsborough Standard"Many of these costumes are period pieces, and, of course, as a 500-year-old building, the Old Hall would have witnessed many of these fashions the first-time round. That makes it the perfect venue to showcase them, giving visitors a glimpse into life back then."  

The exhibition runs from Friday 30 March to Sunday 2 September at Gainsborough Old Hall, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Follow this link for more information.


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Get Close to Poldark's Uniform

Monday, 19 February 2018

Nine Snippets from 'Poldark on Stage'

Poldark on Stage, Rebecca Keane, Debbie Horsfield, Damien Timmer, Karen Thrussell
Rebecca Keane, Debbie Horsfield, Damien Timmer and
Karen Thrussell
Poldark on Stage was a chance for fans to find out more about the show from screenwriter Debbie Horsfield and Executive Producers Karen Thrussell, Damien Timmer and Rebecca Keane. Now-familiar stories such as how Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson were cast, were mixed with new tales to make an interesting evening topped, wonderfully, by a look at some film from series four. Fans were treated to a three minute clip from episode one of Ross and Demelza sitting and talking by the fireside. First, though, we saw a preview of S4 as shown to the cast and crew at the wrap party back in January. It looks fabulous!

Here are some snippets from the evening:
  • Damien said that the fifth series of Poldark was 'in discussion'.
  • Mammoth Screen do not know when series four will be aired but say it may be a little earlier than last year. S4 will take us to the end of The Angry Tide.
  • Damien said: There are plans afoot for an American fan event: that's certainly been discussed.
  • Debbie uses an 18th century Cornish lexicon to ensure that the Cornish dialogue she writes is as authentic as possible. She is convinced Winston Graham used this lexicon too, as all the phrases from the books are in it. Debbie invented the word 'skillage' - a favourite from the show.
  • There is a scene in S4 where Ross and Demelza are racing their horses across the sand and, during the filming, Eleanor's horse edged in front. Aidan, looking over and getting a bit cross about this, urged his horse on but couldn't catch up. When Karen spoke to them afterwards Eleanor was quietly smug while Aidan was all "Well my horse isn't as fast..."
  • The BBC have a standard amount of money they pay for an hour of drama and don't pay any more because it's an historical drama filmed in Cornwall. The production company has to work out how much money they need to raise, outside of the BBC licence fee and tax credit, to make the show. They overspent on the first series of Poldark because it was a much bigger production than anticipated but now the show comes in on budget. Despite claims by the press that 'no expense has been spared' there is always scrimping and saving. Debbie is very strict about the finance and is good at finding the dramatic purpose of a scene within the confines of the budget. 
  • Talking locations, Rebecca said Nampara is the beating heart of Poldark and they sometimes go and sit in the set and think "We're in Ross's living room."
  • Karen nearly resigned over the exterior of Nampara! She felt it should be bigger.  The original plan had been to build an extra wing on the end of the house but then, because they were over-budget, that became impossible so they had to make the house work as it was.
  • Poldark is a happy ship! It has one of the happiest, most bonded teams and people care passionately about it.
Poldark on Stage was a fundraiser for the INK Festival which supports the new writing of films and plays in East Anglia. An auction of photographs signed by Eleanor and Aidan raised £340 on the night and the bidding is still open on the auction for one of Ross's waistcoats. Check out the details here.

















Wednesday, 14 February 2018

First Look at 'Poldark' Series 4

Here's our first look at Poldark series 4, courtesy of BBC One, with glimpses of Dwight and Caroline, Elizabeth and George and, of course, Ross and Demelza. Enjoy!

Bid for Poldark's Waistcoat!

Aidan Turner, Poldark, auction, INK Festival, waistcoat


Here's your chance to bid for one of Ross Poldark's waistcoats as worn by Aidan Turner in the television series Poldark!

The waistcoat (I'm sure it has a name - see the video below!) has been donated by Poldark producer Mammoth Screen to help raise funds for the Ink Festival. The Festival showcases new writing for film and plays from East Anglia.

The auction ends on 20 February, 2018.  









Wednesday, 7 February 2018

6 RTS West of England Nominations for 'Poldark'!

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


Congratulations!

Poldark series three leads the Royal Television Society West of England Awards for drama with a massive six nominations including best Drama and Director!

Poldark is up against Three Girls for best Drama while Director Joss Agnew faces competition from Philippa Lowthorpe for Three Girls and Bryn Higgins for Access All Areas.

The shortlists for the other categories with Poldark S3 nominations are:

Cinematography
Nick Dance Poldark
Matt Gray Three Girls

Sound
Ronald Bailey and team Poldark
Owen Shirley, Andrew Wilson, Scott Hazell, Dave Mackie Breakdown 
Ian Bown, James Burchill, Richard Hinton, Graham Wild Prime Suspect 1973

Editing
Una Ni Dhonghaile Three Girls
Jo Smyth Poldark

Composer
Natalie Holt, Three Girls
Timo Baker, Wonderful You
Anne Dudley, Poldark
Will Goodchild, Rise of the Warrior Apes

A full list of nominees may be found here.

The RTS West of England Awards will take place on Sunday March 11th at the Bristol Old Vic. Tickets are available from the Bristol Old Vic box office price £47.50. Call 0117 987 7877.

Well done Team Poldark!  Good Luck!












Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Aidan Turner talks 'Poldark' Series Four Air Date and Series Five


Aidan Turner, Poldark, Radio Times Covers Party
Photo: Radio Times

Poldark Series Four will air in the UK earlier than last year according to Aidan Turner.

In an interview with the Radio Times at the Covers Party last night he said it would return, “Sooner rather than later, I imagine. I think it’s probably a different time to last year, it’s probably earlier from what I can gather. They need to finish post production and all of those sorts of things so that’s when I step out.”

He also confirmed that a fifth series has been green lit saying,“Definitely we’re going to do season five, we’re going to shoot the fifth one. After that, I don’t know. We’ll have to see how it all goes, but definitely for five. It’s kind of one step at a time.”

Aidan was at the Radio Times Covers Party to collect the award for the Poldark cover along with writer Debbie Horsfield, executive producer Karen Thrussell and Aunt Agatha herself, Caroline Blakiston. It was great to see stills photographer Robert Viglasky there as well, as he produces the photographs for so many fine covers. Here are some pictures from the night.

Aidan Turner, Caroline Blakiston, Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell,Poldark , Radio Times Covers Party
Aidan Turner, Caroline Blakiston, Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell Photo: Official Poldark

Aidan Turner,Robert Viglasky, Radio Times Covers Party
Aidan with Robert Viglasky  Photo: Robert Viglasky

With GBBO Photo: Kate Lyon

Photo: Radio Times



Friday, 26 January 2018

Three 'Poldark' Nominations for TRIC Awards 2018

TRIC Awards2018, Poldark, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Nominations

Brilliant news!

Poldark, Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson have all been nominated for the Television and Radio Industries Club Awards 2018!
The TRIC Awards are voted for by members of the industry. Last year Poldark won the award for HD Programme of the Year.

This year Poldark faces competition from  Apple Tree Yard, Babs, Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Casualty, Cold Feet, Death in Paradise, Doc Martin, Doctor Foster, Dr Who, Endeavour, Grantchester, Holby City, Liar, Line of Duty, Little Boy Blue, Midsomer Murders, Peaky Blinders,Silent Witness, Taboo, The Durrells, Three Girls, Vera and Victoria in the Best Drama Programme category.

Aidan and Eleanor are both up for Best Drama Performance along with Amanda Mealing Casualty, Anna Friel Broken, Brenda Blethyn Vera, Cillian Murphy Peaky Blinders, David Tennant Broadchurch, Emilia Fox Silent Witness, Fay Ripley Cold Feet, Helen George Call the Midwife, Ioan Gruffudd Liar, James Nesbitt Cold Feet, Jenna Coleman Victoria, Joanne Froggatt Liar, John Thomson Cold Feet, Neil Dudgeon Midsomer Murders, Olivia Colman Broadchurch, Peter Capaldi Dr Who, Suranne Jones Doctor Foster and Tom Hardy Taboo.

A full list of nominees can be found here.

The TRIC Awards 2018 will be announced at a ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel, London on 13 March 2018.

Congratulations on the nominations - well deserved!

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

'The Angry Tide' Cover Revealed

Poldark, The Angry Tide, cover, Drake, Morwenna

Here is a first look at the new edition of The Angry Tide, with Drake (Harry Richardson) and Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) gracing the cover.

The Angry Tide is the seventh book in Winston Graham's Poldark series and makes up the story for series four of the television drama along with parts of The Four Swans not covered in series three. Filming on Poldark S4 has just wrapped and the show is expected to air later this year.

The book synopsis says:
Cornwall, towards the end of the 18th century. Ross Poldark sits for the borough of Truro as Member of Parliament - his time divided between London and Cornwall, his heart divided about his wife, Demelza.
His old feud with George Warleggan still flares - as does the illicit love between Morwenna and Drake, Demelza's brother.
Before the new century dawns, George and Ross will be drawn together by a loss greater than their rivalry - and Morwenna and Drake by a tragedy that brings them hope . . .

The Angry Tide is published by Panmacmillan and will be available from 19 April, 2018, price £7.99.




Sunday, 7 January 2018

'Poldark' Q&A in Suffolk

aidan turner, poldark series 4, Poldark Q&A, Walberswick

Writer Debbie Horsfield and Mammoth Screen producers Damien Timmer, Karen Thrussell and Rebecca Keane "spill the beans behind the scenes" at this Poldark Q&A held in aid of INK Festival. A showing of an unseen preview of series four and some Poldark out-takes add to the excitement of the evening, as does an auction of something 'up close and personal' of Aidan Turner's.

The Q&A is on 17 February, 2018 at 7.30 pm, The Village Hall, Walberswick, Suffolk.
Tickets: £15 are  available from the village Tuck Shop or from emily@inkfestival.org .

See Poldark Q&A  for more information.