Poldark fans shocked after another rape scene and Ross' betrayal

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Spoilers for Poldark season 3 episode 8 to follow

Gone are the days of a shirtless Aidan Turner working the fields in series one of BBC drama Poldark. By the third series, viewers are being subjected to shocking moments including a rape scene and Ross cheating on his devoted wife Demelza.

Rape charities criticised the BBC drama for its ‘appalling message’ in the last season when Ross Poldark appeared to force himself on his former betrothed, Elizabeth Warleggan.

And in last night’s episode, the show entered dody waters once more when Reverand Osborne Whitworth spied on his wife’s 15-year-old sister in the bath, before the sex-obsessed vicar lunged at his terrified spouse Morwenna, who was cowering in bed, before saying: ‘We will say a prayer and it will soon be over. Just close your eyes and submit’.

The storyline features in author Winston Graham’s book, and production company Mammoth Screen defended last night’s scene.

They told MailOnline: ‘In the novels Winston Graham has created The Reverend Ossie Whitworth as a despicable character. We have chosen to depict this element of the novels … because to do otherwise would be to minimise the appalling nature of Ossie’s behaviour.’

But fans were also left distraught and dismayed by Ross’ behaviour, which saw him share a loving kiss with his former flame Elizabeth in the church, while being watched by Prudie the entire time.

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