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It's bittersweet news for Poldark fans - the release of the second series has been pushed back by six months.
Ross,Demelza and Elizabeth will not return to TV screens until autumn 2016, more than a year after the dramatic end of the first series. However, while that may be an inconvenience to viewers, on the upside, the second series will now have ten episodes, two more than the first.
"Autumn is the season for the strongest drama and more time was needed to complete the extended run," a source explained to the Daily Mirror.
Phil Davis, who plays Poldark's boozy servant Jud Paynter, told the Radio Times that series two may not feature many fan-pleasing scenes of a shirtless Ross working up a sweat in the fields – because the weather was too cold.
Jud will be up to his old tricks again, said Davis, but with his master clapped in irons awaiting trial for inciting a riot, who knows what mischief he will get up to?
Poldark: six things to look forward to in second series
Two extra episodes
Aidan Turner, who plays the eponymous Captain Ross Poldark, told the Huffington Post on the eve of shooting for the second series: "We've two extra episodes this season, which is amazing. The shoot is probably seven and a half months or something like that. A bit longer than last year."
More love dilemmas
The actor, who prompted something of an internet storm with his brooding demeanour and propensity to lose his shirt, has also revealed that the new series will feature more dilemmas for his character as he is torn between his new love Demelza and his ex-fiancé Elizabeth.
Turner remained tight-lipped on the exact details. "All I can say at the moment is that love is a very complex thing," he said. "It is so deep and there are so many layers."
A darker turn
Where series one was mostly based on the first two books of the Winston Graham novels, series two will be taken from the third and some of the fourth novels in the 12-book series.
"Series two will take a darker turn from the start, with Ross fighting for his life after being put on trial for leading the plunder of the Warleggans' wrecked ship, a crime for which he could be executed if found guilty,"
Happily there will be some joy for Ross and Demelza. After a series one finale in which they lost their child Julia, Demelza will give birth to a baby boy in the new series.
New facesSeries two will feature a number of new faces, Gabriella Wilde, will take the role of Caroline Penvenen, a new love interest on the Cornish shores. Wilde's character will be pursued by prospective MP Unwin Trevaunance, another new character to be played by W1A's Hugh Skinner.
Series two won't be the end
With over six million people watching the finale of the first series, it looks like Poldark could be around for a while. Officially, only the second series has been commissioned, but in May the BBC's outgoing head of drama, Brian Stephenson, "firmly believes" there will be six series of Poldark in total.
More scything aheadThe first sight of a bare-chested Poldark scything in a field kick-started the nation's obsession with the Sunday night drama – and fans of the character's topless farming techniques can rest assured that they will continue in the second series,
Whats it all about then and what are the facts?
Based on Winston Graham’s acclaimed novels set in Cornwall in the 18th Century, and currently showing on Sunday evenings on BBC1, Poldark tells the story of Ross Poldark, an Army officer who returns to England after fighting in the American War of Independence to discover that his fiancee Elizabeth had believed him dead and has since married his cousin. Poldark then marries his maid, Demelza but is forever torn between the two women.
Here are some Poldark facts to help you plan your tour.
1. Trerice House, near Newquay was Winston Graham’s inspiration for the estate that features in Poldark
2. Porthgwarra, which can be seen later in the series, is part of the St Aubyn Estate
3. Winston Graham lived in Perranporth – you can now sit on a memorial seat at the site where he wrote the first two novels
4. Charlestown with its Grade II Listed harbour complete with Tall Ships is a popular film location, as well as Poldark it starred in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Dr Who
5. Hallagenna Riding and Cottage Holidays provided stabling and accommodation for the stunt riders and horses while filming on the moors – try their new Poldark Trail
7. Levant Mine plays the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack stars as Wheal Leisure
8. Demelza is a Cornish girls name with the meaning ‘fort on the hill’
9. Most of the new Poldark series was filmed in Cornwall during the summer of 2014 and Autumn of 2015
10. Winston Graham wrote 12 Poldark novels, the March/April 2015 series will cover the first two and the 2nd series will focus on the third and fourth novels.
In 1976 I met the original Ross Poldark Robin Ellis in the Customs House Inn in Padstow on May Day.
Several years later I was at a meeting at Prideaux Place in Padstow and sat at the table next to me was a very refined gentleman. I leant across and said "hello, my name's Steve Kessell - how do you do. He replied "nice to meet you - I'm Winston Graham". The author was staying at Prideaux Place - I left shortly after!!
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During the Autumn of 2015 Poldark was filmed on location in Cornwall.
Here's a behind-the-scenes guide to the towns and beaches that took a turn in the spotlight:
For some of the cliff scenes the filming action moved to the Padstow area. Fans of north Cornwall will recognise the spectacular views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach, while the beauty of the wide sandy beach of Porthcothan is hard to miss in the scenes featuring Poldark’s fictional Nampara Cove.
Charlestown near St Austell, famed for its collection of ships and traditional appearance, has long caught the attention of location managers and in some scenes plays the role of the principal town. As you wander along the side of the original Grade II Listed harbour complete with Tall Ships, you can almost imagine that you’ve been cast as an extra or have been transported to Graham Winston’s 18th Century setting.
Church Cove Gunwallow
Church Cove Gunwallow on The Lizard relived its smugglings past when Aidan Turner and a hoard of other cast members and extras descended to film night-time ship wrecking scenes. While the events of the night highlight the nicer side of Turner’s character, the villagers don’t come off in such a good light - away from the cameras though and the scene on a normal day is a much more peaceful. An attractive sandy cove overlooked by the tiny church of St Wynwallow.
Once a thriving fishing cove, the beautiful Porthgwarra sits at the heart of St Aubyn Estates and boasts a peaceful existence with its days surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife. The tunnel cut through the rock makes it perfect for swimming and rock pooling while the South West Coast Path offers unsurpassed views. Stop in the Porthgwarra Cove Cafe (seasonal) or pack a traditional picnic for a circa 18th Century Poldark experience.
The cast and crew found themselves on Bodmin Moor for a large part of their time in Cornwall. Scenes featuring the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, were shot here along with many capturing the cast on horseback. With a rugged character and wild streak, Bodmin Moor provides the perfect backdrop to Poldark’s plot of passion and family dramatics.
Botallack to Levant
Location managers couldn’t resist the rich mining heritage of the stretch of west Cornwall coast linking Botallack and Levant. Cameras rolled with Levant Mine playing the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack stared as Wheal Leisure.
St Agnes Head
Another area that enjoyed a taste of Hollywood is St Agnes Head where iconic engine houses perch serenely on the cliff-tops offering a silent reminder of Cornwall’s mining heyday. A natural location choice, it doubles as Nampara Valley in the show.
While Corsham in Wiltshire doubled as Truro for filming, the City itself was Winston Graham’s true inspiration for the story and was the location of choice for the world premiere of the series. Producers, writers and the headline cast joined lucky locals for an exclusive viewing of the first episode and won their first of many rave reviews.