2015 Poldark Review

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Firstly, I’m a sucker for British Dramas. I looooove BBC. Recently I’ve found another good show to watch called Poldark. It’s based on a series of historical novels by Winston Graham and has had several TV adaptations throughout the years (although one never made it off the ground). This year a new adaptation starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) was broadcasted, and so far I’m loving it.

The scenery in this version is simply breathtaking. Part of me watches for the beautiful landscapes alone, which are found in Cornwall and Bristol.

Summary: In the 18th century, Ross Poldark returns home from the war to find his estate deserted and barren, his father dead, and his sweetheart engaged to his cousin. He then strives to revive the mines belonging to him and to bring his home back to the way it was before. Seeking help, he hires a street urchin named Demelza as his kitchen maid after rescuing her from local ruffians.

I love how this show feels slightly tinged with darkness, how Poldark’s character can be often found within the grey areas—or “going against traditional viewpoints”, as his associates say. Even though Poldark is one of the upper class, he finds companionship with the lower class and views them with equal value.

I confess I haven’t read the books but I’m excited to see where the show goes from here on out. I know it’s only eight episodes long and the pacing is rather fast, but it’s so very enjoyable that I don’t find much fault in character development.

Is anyone else a fan? And can anyone point me in the direction of other good dramas I can watch? Poldark ends in two weeks, after all. 😦

P.S. If Disney’s Brave ever became a live-action movie, I’d want Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) to play Merida. She seriously reminds me so much of the character!

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