Locals in Cornwall had the pleasure of seeing The Hobbit actor Aidan Turner being lathered up in fake tan in preparation for his role of Ross Poldark at the weekend.
The BBC’s production crew has set up shop at Ardensawah Farm, and filming took place on the cliffs above the nearby Porthgwarra beach, with the lead star who celebrating his birthday on set on Friday.
“The Cornish people will be seeing us a lot,” explained Poldark spokesperson Lisa Vanoli to local paper The Cornishman. “We will be filming in Cornwall in June and July.”
Based on Winston Graham’s novels, which were adapted for TV in the ‘70s, the new version of the 18th-century romantic saga has been adapted for post-watershed viewing and it’s believed it will be steamier than the original TV series.
The original series had a beautiful scenic backdrop and filming locations included Cornish spots Land’s End, Porthcurno, Pendeen, Trewellard and Lamorna.
However, the new series raised a few eyebrows when it filmed in Corsham High Street, Wiltshire, and Chavenage House in Gloucestershire, rather than its true Cornish setting.
Vanoli reassured fans of the series that the drama would predominantly be filmed in Cornish pastures: “We are filming a huge amount in Cornwall – substantially more than in the original TV series,” she said to The Cornishman.
“All our key landscapes will be in Cornwall – including Ross Poldark’s house – but occasionally you have to go outside an area. Unfortunately, in Truro it just wasn’t possible, which is why we’ve had to film some street scenes in Corsham.”
The new six hour-long episodes of Poldark will air in 2015.