Filming for BBC’s remake of the 1970′s adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels will commence at the historic Chavenage House in the coming weeks, which has been given an 18th century makeover.
Chavenage House will be the setting for the Poldark’s Cornish family home – Trenwith. Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human) will take on the lead role of Ross Poldark, and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley, The White Queen) will play Demelza. The 18th century drama sees British Army officer Ross Poldark 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.
A spokesman for Chavenage House told the Gloucestershire Standard: “We are delighted that they have decided to choose Chavenage as one of the main locations in the series. In the 70s there was a run of tried and tested dramas like Brideshead Revisited. It was a golden age of costume drama.
“We now have the success of Downton Abbey and I think the company are looking for the next Downton Abbey. It is perhaps easier to go back to the tried and tested type of dramas which they know work.”
A spokesman for the Poldark production team explained the appeal of using the Chavenage House for filming: “We chose to film at Chavenage because we wanted the Poldark family house to have a wonderful lived-in feel, which it most certainly does.”
Other productions filmed at Chavenage House include Lark Rise to Candleford and Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
The six hour-long episodes of Poldark will air in 2015.