Starring Aidan Turner, the new series begins Sunday, June 21, and it’s exactly the program we needed for our summer. Why are we looking forward to it?
1.) Gorgeous Views
2.) We Love a Good Costume Drama
As the station that brings you “Masterpiece” and all of its classic and recent viewer favorites, it’s no surprise that we still love a good period piece. With the post-revolutionary tin and copper mining, abounding historical trials and pestilences, and classes high and low perfectly bedecked for the Georgian Era, “Poldark” offers the heralds of a great costume drama in sumptuous style.
3.) New Life for an Old Favorite
Admittedly, not all of us reviewing the new series experienced the Robin Ellis-mania of the original series in the 1970s, however, we think everyone will agree that the new series is its own production while paying proper tribute to the original.
And be sure to keep an eye out for some wonderful meta symmetry! Ellis, for example, rejoins the cast, this time as Reverend Halse.
4.) Smoldering Stars
He smolders …
and smirks …
and uses a scythe …
and rides all across the Cornish countryside …
... then smolders some more as Ross Poldark. Entirely believable as the center of a love triangle, if we do say so ourselves. But, worry not! In addition to smoldering about set, he turns in a wonderful performance and isn’t alone ornamenting the screen.
Leading ladies equal or eclipse their gentlemen counterparts, with the fiery Eleanor Tomlinson (who you make recognize from “Death Comes to Pemberley”) as Demelza and the breathtaking Heida Reed as Elizabeth.