Episodes

Series 2




Episode 1/10
Sunday 4 September 9-10pm
George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) is building his case against Ross (Aidan Turner) so Pascoe forces Ross to prepare a will in case the worst happens - while Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) visits their neighbour Ray Penvenen (John Nettles) to gain an ally.
Francis (Kyle Soller) seeks reconciliation but Ross refuses, and Francis takes this badly. Elizabeth (Heida Reed) attempts to negotiate a ceasefire between Ross and George too, persuading George to offer Ross his help in influencing the court. However, Ross rejects this offer as well, seeing that the price of friendship with George is too high.
The court case takes place in Bodmin, which is overwhelmed with crowds who are there for the county election. George is funding a candidate, Unwin Trevaunance (Hugh Skinner), in the hope of extending the reach of his own influence; however, Unwin is more concerned with his pursuit of Ray Penvenen’s niece, Caroline (Gabriella Wilde), who herself has taken a liking to Dr Dwight Enys (Luke Norris).
Demelza tries to meet Justice Lister to tell him that George is perverting justice but George has the doormen prevent her from entering.
Ross begins to realise that he may well be hanged tomorrow...




Episode 2/10
Sunday 11 September 9-10pm


The election results are announced and Unwin is tied for the second seat - but the mob has reached boiling point and Unwin Trevaunance (Hugh Skinner) is attacked.

Elizabeth (Heida Reed) travels to Bodmin, knowing if she does not she will not be able to stop worrying about Francis, or Ross. George (Jack Farthing) eavesdrops on Demelza’s (Eleanor Tomlinson) conversation with Justice Lister, intervening to reveal she is the wife of the trial’s defendant and attempting to influence the case.
Dwight discovers Francis very much alive in his room and persuades Francis not to try again. Meanwhile the prosecution ties the rioting of the previous night to Ross’s behaviour and presents a series of witnesses supposedly comprised of Ross’s friends. However, when Jud (Phil Davis) is on the stand, he comes out with an unexpected account of events.
Ross prepares to make his speech - one prepared by his Clymer - but goes decidedly off-script, sticking true to his principles. Despite Justice Lister wishing to make an example of Ross’s revolutionary ways, will the jury of Cornishmen rally to save Ross…


Pictured: Caroline Penvenen (Gabriella Wilde), Unwin Trevaunance (Hugh Skinner)


Episode 3/10
Sunday 18 September 9-10 pm

Ross (Aidan Turner) plans to expand Wheal Leisure and persuades the other shareholders to invest in a new tunnelling scheme.
Meanwhile, Unwin Trevaunance (Hugh Skinner) decides that he will plant his political flag by cracking down on lawlessness, particularly smuggling. Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) continues to hide her pregnancy from Ross, believing that he does not want the child.
With the interest now due on the promissory note Ross secured from Pascoe, Ross and Demelza have to find £400. Jud (Phil Davis) is attacked for recanting his testimony in court and left for dead. Ross accepts Francis’ (Kyle Soller) invitation to spend the Harvest festival at Trenwith, united now by a shared hatred of George Warleggan.
Francis reveals to Ross he has £600 set aside which he plans to invest in mining. Dr Dwight Enys (Luke Norris) is called to Killewarren and discovers that Caroline (Gabriella Wilde) has a fishbone lodged in her throat. He removes it, impressing her, but on his way home discovers that George (Jack Farthing) has acquired more shares in Wheal Leisure.
Later, Elizabeth reveals that George gave Francis the £600, making Ross suspicious as to George’s purpose. Demelza overhears the pair flirting before going to bed where Ross joins her. They argue and Demelza reveals that she is pregnant.
Pictured: George Warleggan (Jack Farthing)


Episode 4/10
Sunday 25 September 9-10pm

Ross begins to think that exiled miner Mark Daniel might have come across a copper lode when hiding out in Wheal Grace.
Meanwhile, knowing he could bankrupt them at any time, Elizabeth (Heida Reed, pictured) attempts to keep George (Jack Farthing) sweet - but finds his proposition to spend more time together behind Francis’ back too high a price.
Caroline (Gabriella Wilde) thinks to impress Dwight by buying oranges for his patients - and succeeds. Meanwhile Trencrom (Richards McCabe), the local crime-lord, offers Ross £200 to allow him to use Nampara Cove for smuggling and Ross invites Demelza’s anger by accepting.
When George shows up at the Wheal Leisure shareholder meeting and attempts to come between Ross and his cousin, he and Ross end up coming to blows.
Returning home, Ross discovers Demelza struggling to get ashore in the throes of labour. Can he reach her in time?


Episode 5/10
Sunday 2 October 9-10pm
Demelza cautions Ross to distance himself from the smugglers, following arrests and talk of an informant, but they still need the money.
The Warleggans have become aware of Ross’s promissory note and plan to purchase it to crush him once and for all. Dwight is troubled by a patient, Rosina Hoblyn, who has a lame leg, but he finds himself distracted by the return of Caroline Penvenen who is expected to announce her engagement to Unwin Trevaunance at a dinner for the local gentry.
At the party Elizabeth captures Ross’s attention by admitting she will always be a little in love with him and Caroline rejects Unwin before asking Ross about his friend Dwight. Ross and George spar verbally and George returns home determined to acquire Ross’s debt.
Meanwhile, Francis believes the mine has struck copper. He returns to the mine alone to investigate...
Pictured: Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) Francis (Kyle Soller)


Episode 6/10
Sunday 9 October 9-10pm

Francis’ final breakthrough at Wheal Grace reveals nothing of value, so Ross meets with Trencrom to locate Mark Daniel and see if he can locate the copper in the mine.
Trencrom strikes a deal to build a secret cache at Nampara where he can store contraband, putting much needed money in Ross’ pocket but adding unwanted risk. Dwight is hailed as a hero for restoring Rosina to health, to Caroline’s amusement.
George calls in Ross’s debt, which means Ross will almost certainly go to debtors’ prison. Meanwhile, as Ross spends more time looking after the widowed Elizabeth, Demelza fears she is losing him.
Dwight is ordered by Ray Penvenen to stop meeting Caroline but defies him and, though advised against it, Ross sells his remaining shares in Wheal Leisure in order to purchase Geoffrey Charles’ shares in Wheal Grace anonymously - his last means of protecting Elizabeth and Geoffrey Charles.


Episode 7/10
Sunday 9 October 9-10pm
Caroline convinces Dwight they must elope for a new life in Bath, as Ross sails with Trencrom to meet with Mark Daniel.
Caroline is forced to pull her plan forward but it is threatened when Rosina dislocates her knee again. Dwight believes he can treat her and still rendezvous with Caroline; however, he and Demelza become suspicious that Charlie Kempthorne is the informant when they learn he has avoided the smuggling run. Dwight confronts Charlie, and a fight ensues.
Demelza realises Ross will be walking into an ambush and attempts to warn the boat, but McNeil and his soldiers arrive at Nampara, leaving her under guard. Dwight incapacitates Charlie and escapes as Caroline sneaks out of Killewarren to meet him. Dwight attempts to warn Ross but is too late. Will Ross find a way to evade the soldiers?
Having paid men to harass Trenwith with the aim of driving Elizabeth to him for protection, George arrives at her home and posts his men to guard Elizabeth, who is both shocked and grateful for George's attention. Dwight is released by the soldiers, but finds Caroline has already returned to London...


Episode 8/10
Sunday 23 October 9-10pm

Ross and Dwight face a magistrate’s trial for their roles in the ill-fated smuggling venture. On top of this Dwight reveals that his marriage with Caroline is cancelled and he is thinking of joining the navy.
Ross admits to Demelza he has sold their shares in Wheal Leisure to give Elizabeth the money, and it looks as though Wheal Grace must now close.
George sends false tin prospectors to Trenwith to spook Elizabeth, but their presence enrages her mother so much that she suffers a stroke. Elizabeth calls for George’s help, who tells Elizabeth that he can provide her with everything she needs if she agrees to marry him.
Disaster strikes as the new mine collapses and Ross returns to Nampara, devastated, to find a letter from Elizabeth explaining she has agreed to marry George. Though Demelza tries to stop him, Ross rides through the night to Trenwith, intent on seeing Elizabeth...
Pictured: Aunt Agatha (Caroline Blakiston) Elizabeth (Heidi Reed)



Episode 9/10
Sunday 30 October 9-10pm



Demelza refuses to speak to Ross and expects him to return to Elizabeth, abandoning her and Jeremy.
Elizabeth and Agatha believe the same and Elizabeth writes to George to postpone the wedding. George rides to Trenwith to make Elizabeth agree to another date, ensuring his plans are not usurped. In Truro, Tonkin invites Ross to join him in a prospering shipbuilding partnership.
Meanwhile, Demelza accepts Sir Hugh Bodrugan’s invitation to his ball, where she finds Captain McNeil, inviting him to her room, having justified the possibility of adultery as something Ross has driven her to. Ross finds Demelza on Hendrawna Beach but hasn’t the words to build a bridge between them.
Ross is beckoned to the mine where they have cleared the collapse and come upon the richest lode of tin Henshawe has ever seen - may Ross soon may be free of debt?
Pictured: Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) Captain McNeil (Henry Garrett)




Episode 10/10
Sunday 4 November


Elizabeth tells George that she is carrying his child and George continues to mark his territory by erecting fences around Trenwith, denying commoners passage across his property.
Dwight learns of Caroline’s new engagement and enlists in the navy. Ross decides he must mend the rift between Caroline and Dwight before it is too late.
Ross is called to Trenwith by George, suspicious that the purchase of Geoffrey Charles’ share in the mine was fraudulent. Pascoe reveals to Ross that George will seek to bankrupt him through court proceedings.

Demelza is assaulted for trespassing on Warleggan land provoking the villagers to march on Trenwith with vengeance in mind - will Ross be able to disband the mob?

Series 1



Episode 1/8

Sunday 8 March 9-10 pm


Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) joins the army to avoid charges of smuggling. He goes to fight in the American War of Independence, leaving behind his sweetheart, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), with the promise that he will return soon. Three years later, wounded and scarred, Ross returns home to discover that his father has died, his estate is in ruins and Elizabeth is set to marry his cousin Francis (Kyle Soller).
Elizabeth and Francis are married. Ross is surprised to see that callous banker George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) is at the groom's side. Ross’s uncle, Charles Poldark (Warren Clarke) thinks that it would be better for the newlyweds if Ross were to leave Cornwall and he offers to pay for Ross to make a fresh start elsewhere.
Ross stubbornly refuses, determined to rebuild his family estate, Nampara. With only the help of his father’s useless servants, Jud and Prudie (Phil Davies and Beatie Edney), Ross takes on a new kitchen-maid, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson), after he rescues her from a beating.






Episode 2/8
Sunday 15 March 9-10 pm
  
When the local mine Wheal Reath is closed, hundreds of miners, including Jim (Alexander Arnold), find themselves out of work and desperately poor. Ross (Aidan Turner), having repaired the family home of Nampara, now employs Jim as a farm-hand, and thinks to resurrect his family’s mine (Wheal Leisure) with the hope of bringing prosperity to the area again.
Meanwhile, Verity (Ruby Bentall) asks Ross to accompany her to a ball at the Assembly Rooms, where she meets and falls in love with Captain Andrew Blamey (Richard Harrington). However, Blamey is hiding a dark secret that Verity's brother Francis (Kyle Soller) and father Charles (Warren Clarke) are horrified to discover.
Ross, with the help of mine Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth) and willing investor Horace Treneglos (Michael Culkin), manages to convince banker and friend, Harris Pascoe (Richard Hope) that Wheal Leisure is a viable business.
But it is Ross' intimate dance with Elizabeth (Heida Reed) that causes a stir at the ball and gives the other guests a reason to gossip.
Under George’s (Jack Farthing) influence, a jealous Francis (Kyle Soller) decides not to go into business with Ross. Meanwhile, Ross must help Verity arrange a tryst with Captain Blamey after Charles discovered Blamey’s scandalous past and forbids her from seeing him. Francis, spurred by his jealousy of Ross and angered by this fresh betrayal, challenges Blamey to an ill-fated duel. Ross is able to save Francis’ life, but Charles (Warren Clarke) blames Ross for the incident and will not forgive him. Elizabeth, however, is extremely grateful to Ross, revealing that she is pregnant with Francis’ child.





Episode 3/8
Sunday 22 March


Ross celebrates the opening of Wheal Leisure as rumours spread of a scandalous relationship between him and Demelza. Francis and Elizabeth celebrate the birth of their new son. Ross must fight to save his friend Jim, sparring in court with Reverend Halse.








Episode 4/8
Sunday 29 March 9-10 pm

News of the marriage between Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) shocks Trenwith - with Charles' (Warren Clarke) amusement at the union bringing on a fatal heart attack. On his death-bed he asks Ross to look after Francis (Kyle Soller) who is drinking, gaming and whoring his family’s money away.
Verity visits Nampara and despite Demelza’s worry that she is too common for Verity (Ruby Bentall), the two quickly become firm friends, and Verity teaches Demelza how to be a refined lady.
Wheal Leisure has still not hit copper and the money is running out. Ross turns to his investors, but finds they are unwilling to throw away good money after bad. They must hit copper soon or Wheal Leisure will have to close after Christmas.


Francis and Elizabeth invite Ross and Demelza to Trenwith for Christmas. Demelza is welcomed into the Trenwith Poldarks and appraised by Aunt Agatha (Caroline Blakiston), who never minces her words.





Episode 5/8

Sunday 5 April 9-10 pm


Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza welcome two new arrivals: Dwight Enys (Luke Norris), a doctor who plans to make a study of lung diseases at Wheal Leisure and their own baby daughter, Julia Grace Poldark.
At Julia’s christening, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) resolves to lift Verity’s spirits by reconciling her with her lost love Captain Blamey (Richard Harrington). Meanwhile, Mark Daniel (Matthew Wilson) has fallen in love with the capricious Keren (Sabrina Bartlett), who demands he find her a home before they are married. Ross helps Mark renovate one of his dilapidated cottages.
Ross sets about forming an alliance with other mine owners to build their own smelting company and break the Warleggan stranglehold that is driving copper prices ever lower. However, as Francis (Kyle Soller) is deeply in debt to George (Jack Farthing), he cannot join the venture. Deeply unhappy with his marriage to Elizabeth, Francis is spending what money he has left on lavish gifts for an ambitious prostitute, Margaret (Crystal Leaity).


Francis also secures Ross an invitation to George’s house party, a seedy affair of drinking, gaming and whoring. With Ross at the party, Demelza lures Verity (Ruby Bentall) into a trap designed to reconcile her with Captain Blamey.








Episode 6/8
Sunday 12 April BBC One 9-10 pm

The Carnmore smelting company is a success and Ross (Aidan Turner) makes more of an enemy of George (Jack Farthing) by outbidding him for copper at auction. Meanwhile, Francis (Kyle Soller) is increasingly volatile now that he has lost his mine and is reduced to working the land, so Verity (Ruby Bentall) avoids speaking to him about her plans to marry Captain Blamey (Richard Harrington).
When Ross and Zacky (Tristan Sturrock) discover there is fever at Bodmin Jail just weeks before Jim (Alexander Arnold) is to be released, Ross asks Dwight (Luke Norris) to accompany him to the prison. Ross forces his way into the jail and discovers that Jim is near death. They break Jim out from the jail in a desperate attempt to save him.


Returning home, Ross is expected to attend George’s grand ball. He is sickened at the thought of going amongst the people responsible for Jim’s incarceration, but Verity persuades him that he must do it for Demelza and Julia’s sake; to remind everyone that he is one of their class so they won’t arrest him for the prison break. However, at the ball Ross is fighting drunk and Demelza is aghast that she has been left to fend for herself at her first ever high society social event.







Ep 7/8
Sunday 19 April, 9.00pm-10.00pm, BBC ONE

Ross is struggling to keep the Carnmore smelting company afloat - and George Warleggan is determined to crush it. George’s agents are outbidding Carnmore in order to starve it of copper and George is trying to find ways to get to its shareholders, who all remain secret except Ross.
After a rockfall at Wheal Leisure Mark returns home early and finds that Keren is not there. He tracks her to Dwight's house and discovers that they have been sleeping together.
When Verity runs away with Captain Blamey, Francis immediately blames Ross for helping to arrange the scandalous elopement. Ross is furious and denies any involvement, but Francis will not listen and the cousins break irreconcilably. George sees an opportunity and exploits Francis’ anger until he reveals the names of the Carnmore shareholders.


Demelza heads to Trenwith to confess to Francis and beg him to forgive Ross, but Francis flies into a rage and throws her out. 




Ep8/8
Sunday 26 April, 9.00pm-10.00pm BBC One



Ross (Aidan Turner) tries one last time to turn around the fortunes of Carnmore, but when he is outbid he reluctantly folds the company. George (Jack Farthing) has won and takes the opportunity to rub his face in it, showing off his new ship, the Queen Charlotte.
Consumed with guilt over Keren’s death, Dwight (Luke Norris) throws himself into work, dealing with an outbreak of the putrid throat. When Ross learns that all at Trenwith are stricken with the disease he tries to persuade Dwight to see them - but they are Doctor Choake’s patients. Despite the estrangement Demelza rushes to their aid, but becomes infected and passes it on to baby Julia.


Ross is cheered to see George’s new ship being wrecked upon the rocks and leads the local poor, many of whom are starving, in looting the contents of the ship and exacting his revenge upon George. 



Source:  BBCMedia

6 comments:

  1. Have seen on-line that the morbid putrid throat was scarlet fever. Not so, it was the 18C name for diphtheria, a more serious illness. We get vaccinated these days.

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  2. LOVE this blog! :) It is not likely btw that Demelza was infected at Trenwith - there is an incubation period of several days for such diseases - remember the mining towns were already rife with Putrid Throat/Diptheria. Demelza was already infected to be sure as well as her daughter BEFORE she went to Trenwith.

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    1. Perhaps. Unless Demelza was at Trenwith for a few days, which would leave time for exposure and incubation.

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    1. Yes there is but not sure when it starts. Some of it was being filmed at The Royal Agriculture University where my daughter goes a couple of months ago - she sent me some fab photos of the set and the stars!

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  4. Just binged on season 1 and am now joensing for season 2 any idea when it will become available on Amazon?

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