Chavenage House

Chavenage House

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.

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.

4 Responses

  1. Jasmine

    Interesting. I was an avid fan of the original series. I have some concerns about a remake – ones I have seen before have not lived up to the original, For example The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Italian Job – both remade by Hollywood and both versions not a patch on the original films.

    A French example is Les Rois Maudits. The 1972 version was so much better than the remake made around three years ago. Luckily, the DVD company re-released the original and I was able to get a copy.

    It is always difficult to remake something which has been very popular. The original audience will not be happy. It remains to be seen how good the new Poldark will be.

    • Olga Hughes

      We were just discussing remakes yesterday actually, Planet of the Apes 🙂 The next one in the rebooted series looks brilliant (leaving out that terrible one they made a few years back)

      I actually haven’t seen the original Poldark, I’ll watch it before they make the next one. I’d be interested to see Aidan Turner do a period series, I have only seen him in the Hobbit which doesn’t leave a lot of room for acting, not his role anyway. With that said the many versions of Jane Austen always leave me torn. I have still yet to see a Pride and Prejudice as good as the Ehle/Firth version.

      • Jasmine

        I guess a lot depends on how the remakes are made, as it were. The remakers can fall into the trap of copying the original – and they would then be open to the charge of ‘Why bother?’. Or, more likely, they put in something ‘new’ and ‘modern’ only to be charged with gimmickery. They really can’t win.

        I have to say, I haven’t seen a remake yet I have preferred to the original. Like you, the Ehle/Firth version of P & P is the one I prefer.

        I shall watch the new Poldark, though, as it is a good story.

  2. Olga Hughes

    Well you’ve convinced me, BBC might have the old version in iPlayer, I’ll have to watch it soon. The story sounds excellent, and I know the books are very popular.