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1783. Bruised and battered from a costly war with America, England is in the grip of a recession. Nowhere is harder hit than Cornwall, where the jobs and financial rewards of yesteryear have all but dried up. Only the bankers seem to be making any money as debts rise and mines close. Ross Poldark is horrified to return home to find his beloved country as broken as his own heart. In Ross's absence, his childhood sweetheart has married his cousin and best friend. Feeling betrayed by everything he loves - his family, his friends, his country - Ross decides to reopen his mine and provide jobs for the people of Cornwall. Breaking down class barriers in his attempts to build a new life, Ross will find new love but it will also cost him dearly.
|1||HDVideoEpisode 1||Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) joins the army to avoid charges of smuggling, leaving behind his sweetheart, Elizabeth (Heida Reed), with the promise that he will return soon.||58:37||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDVideoEpisode 2||When local mine Wheal Reath is closed violently by bailiffs, hundreds of miners, including Jim (Alexander Arnold), find themselves out of work and desperately poor.||57:17||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDVideoEpisode 3||Wheal Leisure is opened, but immediately hits ironstone that will require additional funds for gunpowder. At the mine, Zacky confides in Ross that his daughter Jinny is pregnant by Jim. Ross offers the young couple one of his cottages free of rent, so that Jim and Jinny can marry.||57:40||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDVideoEpisode 4||The news of Ross and Demelza’s marriage shocks Trenwith and Charles' amusement at the thought brings on a fatal heart attack. On his death-bed, he asks Ross to look after Francis who is drinking, gaming and whoring his family’s money away.||58:00||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDVideoEpisode 5||Ross 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.||56:58||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDVideoEpisode 6||The Carnmore smelting company is a success and Ross makes more of an enemy of George by outbidding him for copper at auction. Meanwhile, Francis is increasingly volatile now that he has lost his mine and is reduced to working the land, so Verity avoids speaking to him about her plans to marry Captain Blamey.||57:33||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|7||HDVideoEpisode 7||Ross is struggling to keep the Carnmore smelting company afloat, now that George 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.||57:50||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|8||HDVideoEpisode 8||Ross tries one last time to turn around the fortunes of Carnmore, but after they are outbid he reluctantly folds the company. George has won and takes the opportunity to rub Ross’ face in it, showing off his new ship, the Queen Charlotte, and inviting Matthew Sanson to return.||57:03||£2.49||View in iTunes|
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Fantastic! Better than expected...
Aidan Turner drew me to watch this series, he’s a brilliant and superbly talented actor. I did think it was going to be one of BBC’s more typical dramas which tend to be the same story told in different ways. However, this was not the case, I got a pleasant surprise.
1. The cinematography is amazing and on par (though different in style) with the likes of Sherlock
2. The storyline is fresh, exciting and complex.
3. The scenery and setting of Cornwall is stunning
4. The dialogue is great and Turner's Poldark portrayal is both interesting and true to the books
Not so Good
1. The Cornish accents weren’t that great
2. Elizabeth is really annoying (I know she’s meant to be) :P
Displaying the best of Cornwall
Not only is this series beautifully set on the Cornish coast highlighting the real beauty that we have here, the cast are great at catching their roles well to how the books describe them. Obviously Aiden helps greatly too but definitely BBCs Sunday night drama matching the like of ITV's Downton!
5 star = a must for a Sunday - well done :)
Was a bit worried when I heard BBC were doing 'Poldark' again. I was so disappointed with the series in the late 1970s as although the actors were fantastic, the fact that the BBC veered wildly of course with the script versus the novels was a complete mystery . I have read & re-read the novels since I was 15 and I am delighted that this series keeps incredibly close to the orginal. I am so pleased with this adaptation and now look forward to each episode. This is a definite 5 star rating from a a Poldark novel nerd.