While we’ve been keeping up with the latest in the world of Masterpiece on PBS—new series, shows in development, and the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie, just to name a few—we’ve also been revisiting some of our old Masterpiece favorites. That begs the question: Have you seen Poldark yet? If you’re looking for a period drama with jaw-dropping vistas aplenty, this is the show for you.
Poldark is a television series based on the classic Masterpiece show of the same name that aired from 1975 to 1977. According to PBS, the first Poldark was one of their earliest television hits: “Almost 40 years ago, Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers […]. Now the gallant hero rides again.” Both versions are period dramas set in the 18th century, and they’re based on the Poldark novels by Winston Graham, which were published between 1945 and 1953.
The current series was adapted from the Graham novels by Debbie Horsfield (The Riff Raff Element, Cutting It), who has penned every episode in the series’ run so far. Poldark originally premiered on the BBC, and in the intervening years, it has filmed in locations across England, including on the Cornish coast and in Wiltshire, Bristol, and Somerset.
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Poldark is set in Cornwall just after the American Revolutionary War, and in it, according to PBS, “Aidan Turner stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after battle to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is engaged to another.” It stars Turner (The Hobbit, And Then There Were None), Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley, Colette), Heida Reed (One Day, Jo), Jack Farthing (The Riot Club, Burn Burn Burn) and Ruby Bentall (Lark Rise to Candleford, Lost in Austen).
The latest iteration of Poldark began in 2015, and its fourth season is currently airing on Masterpiece on PBS. The final season will air in 2019. Catch up on all the previous seasons before the final one is released; you can find past and current episodes, as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses of the show’s production, on PBS, and you can also find all four seasons available through Amazon Prime. If you'd like to read the books before watching the show, you can find the Poldark series on Amazon and Indiebound.
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Are you watching Poldark? What are your go-to television shows these days, and what Masterpiece series do you find yourself watching again and again?