Poldark’s Aidan Turner reveals topless scything was actually his idea

The Irish actor reveals that the one of the most talked about Sunday night drama moments of 2015 was totally improvised

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It was voted THE TV moment of 2015 by RadioTimes.com readers and picked up a National Television Award but did you know Aidan Turner is responsible for Poldark’s topless scything scene?

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“It was never in the script that he takes his top off – it just made sense to me”, the Irish actor reveals in an interview is this week’s edition of Radio Times magazine.

“That’s the worst thing about it. It was my bloody idea.”

Turner was tempted to strip off because the weather was quite pleasant during filming on series one, but the show’s upcoming second outing went into production during the winter months – did that put a stop to his acting without a top? 

“The weather was tempestuous”, he says. “We had a lot of clouds, a lot of rain, and it was so cold. We had a few scenes in the sea and I think Eleanor [Tomlinson, who plays Demelza] almost got hypothermia.” 

But while topless scything was out of the question, Mr Turner’s shirt does occasionally disappear during the second series.

Not that anyone would complain if it stayed on, mind you.

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Read the full interview in this week’s edition of Radio Times magazine, on sale from Tuesday August 23rd in shops and on newsstand