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Poldark to get third series


Story by Jack Foley

POPULAR period drama Poldark is to get a third series, even before its second run has aired.

Based on the novels by Winston Graham, the show stars Aidan Turner as dashing Cornish mine owner Ross Poldark.

The eagerly-anticipated second series will be aired on BBC One this autumn.

The third series, based on the fifth and sixth books of Graham’s collection, will begin filming later this year.

The show’s production company, Mammoth Screen, described the series as a “passion project” for all involved.

Managing director Damien Turner continued: “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 [scriptwriter] Debbie Horsfield’s extraordinary flair for storytelling means the saga of Ross, his friends and enemies will go to even more thrilling places.”

The 10-episode second series will be set in 1794 and sees Ross and his wife Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson, return in a story set against the backdrop of the French Revolution.

Several new characters will also be introduced, including Midsomer Murders star John Nettles as Ray Penvenen, one the country’s richest landowners, and Endless Love actress Gabriella Wilde, playing his niece, Caroline Penvenen.

The first series of Poldark proved to be a massive hit for the BBC when it was broadcast on Sunday nights last year, with ratings peaking at 9.4 million viewers across TV and iPlayer. It also won the audience award at the TV BAFTAs.

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