BY BILLY SUTER
FANS of Poldark, the British drama series based on 12 historical novels by Winston Graham, should ring August 8 on their calendars as at 8pm that day the third season is scheduled to start on DStv’s ITV Choice (channel 123).
The new season of a show that centres on Ross Poldark, a British army officer who returns to his home in Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War, is said to bring a host of new characters and worlds into play.
The year is 1794 and Poldark must traverse new family, new love and new conflicts, as the French revolution casts a shadow over life in Cornwall.
Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear?
Aidan Turner reprises his role as the hero Ross Poldark, as he tries to rebuild his marriage to Eleanor Tomlinson’s Demelza. However, their fragile peace is disturbed by the arrival of her deeply Methodist brothers Sam and Drake Carne, played by Tom York and Harry Richardson respectively.
Also returning are Heida Reed as Elizabeth and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan, as they expect their first child and plot their ambitious rise to be the most powerful family in Cornwall.
George will try to separate Elizabeth from her Poldark roots and will employ Elizabeth’s cousin, Morwenna, played by Ellise Chappell, as a governess to Geoffrey Charles, played by newcomer Harry Marcus.
When Morwenna meets Drake Carne, the pair will fall in love and the Poldark and Warleggan households will collide once again.
Says producer Michael Ray: “The world of Poldark expands again in series three as we head across the sea to violent revolutionary France. Meanwhile on the homefront we meet the richest and most powerful people in Cornwall. And they all want a piece of Ross.
“It was a great challenge to create the world of France, which we did on location in Cornwall and Bristol. It’s a much darker and colder place than our beloved Cornwall and it poses a constant threat to our heroes at every turn.
“Berkley Castle in Gloucestershire was transformed into a guillotine-happy port town and Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset, was turned into a deadly convent-come-prison for a week – and they saw a lot of action! Our stunt coordinator had his work cut out for him.”
Producer Roopesh Parekh continues: “(Writer) Debbie Horsfield’s extraordinary talent for weaving explosive events with the delicate struggles of a marriage has reached new heights.
“Ross and Demelza finally have some wealth and success, and their eyes are opened to a much grander world than the one they have previously inhabited. But the secrets of the past continue to hang over them and they are pushed and pulled in different directions.”
Poldark is filmed on location in Cornwall and the Bristol area and at The Bottle Yard Studios. A fourth series will go into production later this year.
Poldark is a nine-part series written and created for television by Debbie Horsfield and directed by Joss Agnew and Stephen Woolfenden. It is produced by Roopesh and Michael Ray and the executive producers are Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell, Tom Mullens and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.