Poldark writer wants to make five more series of the Aidan Turner drama

As the BBC prepares to launch its new dramatisation of the classic 1970s period drama, screenwriter Debbie Horsfield reveals that it could run and run

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Poldark screenwriter Debbie Horsfield wants her reboot of the classic 1970s drama to run for as long as six series.

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The writer of the upcoming 18th century spectacular starring Aidan Turner told RadioTimes.com that she would be prepared to devote many more years to subsequent series.

The new eight-parter covers just two of Poldark creator Winston Graham’s 12 books – and Horsfield wants to adapt them all in the same way. That would mean five more series if the BBC gives her the go-ahead.

“I’d be doing it for years and years but I love the stories so much,” she says.

Based on Graham’s historical novels, the TV adaptation was a smash hit in the late 1970s.

The Hobbit star Turner plays hero Ross Poldark, the stubborn but ultimately kindly and heroic Cornishman who returns from the American War of Independence to discover that his father has died and his fiancee is betrothed to another man. 

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Poldark begins airing on BBC1 in March