It seems months away, but in a few weeks you will be set free . . . three days after America was free.
Especially if you’re a fan of MASTERPIECE: Poldark. It arrives in early July, on DVD and Blu-ray on July 7.
Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of MASTERPIECE’s earliest hit series, Poldark. Now the gallant captain rides again in a thrilling new version with all the action, adventure, and romance of the original, plus even more spectacular Cornish scenery and rousing local color.
Aidan Turner stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin.
A ratings hit when it aired on the BBC, Poldark was warmly received by the British press: “An intoxicating cocktail of lusty romance and historical drama, set among the crashing ocean waves and savage beauty of Cornwall” (Mail on Sunday); “A beautifully filmed Sunday night romp”(The Times); “An absolute must-see” (TV Times); and from The Guardian: “You need look no further for your next guilty pleasure.”
Also starring is Eleanor Tomlinson as the fiery servant
Demelza, a strong-willed miner’s daughter who runs away from home and finds refuge in Poldark’s enlightened household.
In a special appearance, Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in MASTERPIECE’s original adaptation, plays Reverend Halse, the village’s sin-obsessed parson.
Co-starring are Warren Clarke as Poldark’s prosperous, duplicitous Uncle Charles; Ruby Bentall as Charles’s tenderhearted daughter, Verity; Kyle Soller as Verity’s ineffectual brother, Francis; and Heida Reed as Francis’s fiancée, Elizabeth Chenoweth, the beautiful young woman who gave Poldark her ring as a love token before he left for America.
Also appearing are Phil Davis and Beatie Edney as Judd and Prudie Paynter, Poldark’s comical hired hands; and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan, a rapacious young businessman who challenges everything the principled Poldark stands for.
Poldark is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham. The first, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945; the last, Bella Poldark, appeared in 2002, the year before Graham’s death. All 12 are subtitled A Novel of Cornwall and trace the fortunes of a landed, mine-owning family in windswept Cornwall two centuries ago.
The program opens with a prologue in Virginia in 1781, when Captain Poldark’s regiment is ambushed by the local militia fighting for independence. After the war and with a scar across his face as a souvenir, he goes home to Cornwall, where his real struggle begins.
For one thing, everyone assumes Poldark has been killed in action. On seeing him, they react as if meeting a ghost. And he might as well be dead, since his inheritance from his father is almost worthless, Elizabeth has forsaken him, and all the local gentry urge
him to leave the region to make his fortune elsewhere.
How little they know this headstrong adventurer!
Poldark immediately goes to work paying off his father’s debts, repairing his property, and reopening his abandoned copper mine, which either holds his salvation or his ruin. And he finds someone just as impulsive as he is to share the twists and turns of this eventful new life.
Small wonder that viewers voted the original Poldark series one of the top 10 programs in MASTERPIECE’s first 35 years. Now a new generation can delight in the exploits of a romantic hero like no other.