Was it really only seven years ago that Aidan Turner burst into our collective consciousness as Captain Ross Poldark in the BBC’s remake of the classic '70s series Poldark?


This week, he returns to our screens as the star of ITV’s new crime drama The Suspect and Radio Times sent Jane Garvey to talk to him about life after Poldark, his talent for ballroom dancing and how he dealt with the overwhelming attention that came with his big break.

Speaking of the now-famous image of him shirtless on the series, Turner said: “Was it safer to make a big deal of this photograph because it was a young man? Would it have been handled the same way in the press if it was a young woman? I don’t know. Possibly not. But I didn’t feel objectified.”

Also in this week’s Radio Times:

  • Adrian Dunbar talks about the benefits of fame coming late, writing his own Catholic catchphrases, holding up ‘a mirror to people in real-life sanctioning scandals’, who ‘H’ really is, and his role in the downfall of Dame Cressida Dick
  • Kevin McCloud discusses climate change, why his role on Grand Designs is ‘like a therapist’, keeping an emotional barrier with the people on the show, and why he hates ‘makeover television’
  • Andi Oliver discusses growing up in a world where people didn’t look or sound like her and the need for better representation in the media: “It’s 2022 and it’s changing, but things still need to get better and that’s not just in terms of representation of people of colour – it’s representation of everybody and everything. The world of radio, just like the worlds of TV and literature, should reflect the actual world we live in – not a world that has been curated by people who want it to look like themselves.”
Aidan Turner on Radio Times magazine cover
Radio Times

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The Suspect begins on Monday 29th August at 9pm on ITV, with episodes also available after broadcast on ITV Hub.

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