Filming for a new series of Poldark, based on Winston Graham’s novels, which were adapted for TV in the ‘70s, will take place at the historic Chavenage House in the coming weeks.
Being Human star Aidan Turner will take on the lead role of British officer Ross Poldark, who returns to his native Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War. Turner will star alongside Death Comes to Pemberley actress Eleanor Tomlinson, and Chavenage House will double as the Poldark’s Cornish family home – Trenwith.
“We are delighted that they have decided to choose Chavenage as one of the main locations in the series,” a spokesman for Chavenage House told the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. “I think the company is looking for the next Downton Abbey,” he continued.
Chavenage is open to the public at certain times of the year, and visitors can wander around the grounds and interiors of an English manor house that has been preserved for 400 years.
Corsham High Street in Wiltshire will also be used in filming, and will depict 18th century Cornwall. Filming will also take part in Bristol and Cornwall proper.
The original BBC TV adaptation of Poldark aired for two series in the ’70s and starred Robin Ellis, who will return play Reverend Halse in two episodes of the new series.
The six hour-long episodes of Poldark will air in 2015.