Poldark: The Return, and Return, of Aidan Turner's Cornish hero

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Series 3 of the award winning Poldark has been confirmed - before Series 2 has even aired!

Filming will start on the new series of the Cornish set drama, adapted from the novels of Winston Graham, as Series 2 hits our screens in the autumn. Series 3 will air during 2017.

According to writer Debbie Horsfield, there will be stimulating new characters making their debut in Series 2, challenging Ross and Demelza’s unity and happiness, as well as more friction and tumult in Ross’s business enterprises. While she promises a series of great shocks and calamitous loss, there will be some major victories for us to cheer. It will be set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and the reverberating effect this has on life in Cornwall.

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“Poldark is a passion project for all of us, and it’s with real excitement that we prepare for both the launch of series two and our return to Cornwall to shoot series three. Winston Graham and Debbie Horsfield’s extraordinary flair for storytelling means the saga of Ross, his friends and enemies will go to even more thrilling places!” - Managing Director Damien Timmer, of production company Mammoth Screen.

Already on the radar of many people following his roles in The Hobbit and Being Human, Poldark firmly established Aidan Turner as one of the leading actors of his generation. His pivotal role in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None over Christmas put him firmly in the running to be the next James Bond.

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Yet Poldark seems to be a role he actor has allowed under his skin more than others, admitting that he knows far too much about tin mining - reading books on the subject and actually visiting a couple to get a sense of what it would have been like:

“… it’s exactly what you’d think: completely claustrophobic and dark and dangerous and everything. They smell like wet granite, it almost smells cold. And then of course when the lights go out it’s just the darkest dark you’ll ever see. Back in the day that happened a lot, you’d have drips and flames go out and that’s it: you’re finding your way through darkness. So dangerous and so scary.” (From AT’s BBC Poldark blog)

The Cornish scenery has also become a star, and led to an upsurge in holiday bookings in the county. This will only intensify as more people than ever look to ‘staycation’ this year.

“There’s a great scene with the late Warren Clarke (who played Charles Poldark) where we’re just looking out at the sea. It just grounds you because it feels like the biggest set on the planet! These amazing, epic, terrifying cliffs everywhere and it feels real. It doesn’t feel like you’re acting in a costume drama, it just feels like everything is justified.” (From AT’s BBC Poldark blog)

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Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Executive Producer for the BBC, says: “Series two promises to take the audience on another fantastic rollercoaster ride and we’re thrilled to know that the story won’t end there. It’s a testament to Debbie’s brilliant storytelling and the passion of the Mammoth team that Poldark will be returning for a third series, with yet more twists and turns for these much-loved characters.”

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