The first trailer for BBC’s remake of Poldark has been released.

The 18th century drama centres on British Army officer Ross Poldark’s return from the American Revolutionary War, only to find to his home in Cornwall in ruins and that his fiancée Elizabeth is about to marry his cousin, Francis Poldark. Ross attempts to restore his own fortunes by reopening one of the family’s tin mines.

The new six-part series is based on Winston Graham’s Poldark novels, which were previously adapted by BBC in the 1970’s starring Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark. The new series stars Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human) as Ross and Eleanor Tomlinson (The White QueenDeath Comes to Pemberley) as Demelza.

It should be interesting to see how fans of the original series enjoy the remake. Turner is still fresh from enraging Tolkien fans after being the unfortunate victim of a dreadful elf-dwarf romance in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. I’ll hold off watching the original series until I have seen the remake. Any fans of the original want to weigh in after the trailer?

About The Author

Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

12 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    I was a big fan of the original series and I am wary of watching a remake. In my experience, remakes never live up to the original production. I’ll probably watch the first episode, but the original cast will be a big act to follow.

    I guess for newcomers, it will be an engaging series, their never having seen the original.

  2. Neil Kemp

    I loved watching Poldark in the 70’s, although that probably had more to do with Angharad Rees than Robin Ellis.
    I think there’s always a danger that, if one has seen an original, then the modern version always has something to live up to and can be a disappointment. I hope this will not be the case and I shall look forward to watching this new production.
    Interesting to note that Robin Ellis (the original Poldark) has a role in this new version, playing the Reverend Halse.

  3. Underdogge

    I am of the generation that enjoyed the 1970s version of Poldark. I liked the books too. I hope the Beeb does the stories justice this time around. No reason why they should not – but at one time you could usually depend on the Beeb to do a good adaptation (I can a remember a 1960s show where one could see the match setting fire to the miniature set when a village was supposed to be burning). But they (the Beeb) are supposed to have a version of ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ coming out sometime and the word was that they had cast Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene; I’ve nothing against Ms Mulligan personally or as an actress but book Bathsheba is a raven-haired beauty!!!!! So I hope the Beeb are faithful to the Poldark books.

  4. Underdogge

    Addendum to my previous post: I suppose the BBC could make a non-black haired actress look like book Bathsheba if they do it the “wiggy” manner. In “Game of Thrones” Natalie Dormer wears a dark wig, despite being a natural blonde and Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey wear blonde wigs despite being real life brunettes, so there are ways around things.

  5. Olga Hughes

    Well I am convinced it will be safer to watch this before I see the original version.

    • Shellie

      A bit late to this particular party, but I do get a little irritated by the use of “remake” and “original” in this context. This is not a remake of the 70s series, it’s a new adaptation of Winston Graham’s books, and it’s worth remembering that he strongly disliked what the first adaptation did to them. The “original” here is that body of work, not the television series.

  6. C S Hughes
    C S Hughes

    It does say quite clearly that the new series is based on Winston Graham’s novels, and if something has been made before into a TV series or film, to do so again is to remake it.

    • Shellie

      No, it isn’t, not really. Would you call every staging of Hamlet a remake?

      The fact is that the 1970s dramatisation departed pretty drastically from Winston Graham’s books; this version sticks to them much more faithfully, and is not therefore remaking the earlier version.

      • C S Hughes
        C S Hughes

        The BBC remade it. They called it a remake. A re-staging would be an entirely different thing.

  7. Liz Moore

    Turner is still fresh from enraging Tolkien fans after being the unfortunate victim of a dreadful elf-dwarf romance in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

    That romance was one of the best things about “THE HOBBIT”. And it is a pity that Tolkien didn’t include it in his story. Then again, he really handled romance or female characters very well.

    • Olga Hughes

      The romance was not one of Tolkien’s stories, and the Hobbit was a children’s adventure book. Why would he include a romance in it?
      Those who keep repeating the myth that Tolkien didn’t have great female characters are ignoring Eowyn and not at all familiar with vast Middle Earth canon.

  8. Liz Moore

    My mistake. I meant to say that Tolkien did NOT handle romance or female characters very well.