Excellent news for the scores of viewers whose evenings have been brightened by the dashing Aidan Turner – he and co-star Eleanor Tomlinson are to return for a second series of BBC1’s period drama Poldark.
The revived series – set in the 19th century and based on Winston Graham’s books – has drawn healthy ratings for BBC1 in its Sunday evening slot, attracting a consolidated average audience of 8.1 million viewers after five episodes, a figure rewarded with a brand new run of eight episodes.
Set on the stunning Cornish coast and following the adventures of Ross Poldark (Turner) and his kitchen maid-turned-wife Demelza (Tomlinson), the first series was adapted by Debbie Horsfield from the first two novels in Graham’s series, with the new episodes set to follow the happenings of books three and four.
Announcing the recommission, BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore spoke of “Sunday night’s new phenomenon Poldark that has captured the nations’ hearts.”
First airing from 1975-1977, the original Poldark starred Robin Ellis in the eponymous role. The actor, now 73, has also made an appearance in the current series as Reverend Hause.
With three more episodes remaining in the current series, Poldark continues this Sunday at 9:00pm on BBC1.