He’s Coming Back…

Rena George Cornwall, Poldark 0 Comments

Poldark I mean. Poldark’s coming back. Who else? If you’re one of the millions of fans whose Sunday nights have not been the same since the series ended five months ago then get ready to cheer. The epic tale of love, jealousy and revenge set against the crashing seas and windswept Cornish landscape is coming back. The third series of the brilliant 18th century Poldark saga returns to our screens in June. Nearly six million of us tuned in to …

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Goodbye Poldark!

Rena George Cornwall, Fiction, Poldark, Uncategorized 2 Comments

Poldark has come to an end. We left Ross and Demelza sharing a passionate embrace as a spectacular expanse of ocean glinted in the background. These weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for viewers of the BBC series as our charismatic couple were plunged into one disastrous event after another. And now we must all wait until next year to discover what happens next. The end of the current ten week series reminded me that I have not posted on …

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Poldark Series Two – Get Ready!

Rena George Cornwall, Poldark 4 Comments

HE’S BACK! Poldark fans prepare to book your place on the sofa in front of the TV. Our favourite Cornish heart throb, Captain Ross Poldark, is getting ready to saddle up and gallop across those Cornish moors again, his dark curls streaking out behind as a ship in full sail battles with the tossing sea in the background. OK, that was a spot of dramatic license, but you get the picture. The important news is Series Two of the BBC’s …

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How To Write A Scary Ghost Story

Rena George Poldark, Seasonal 4 Comments

Ghosts, ghouls and scary monsters that roam about in the night! It’s that time of year again when witches and warlocks engage in wicked practices, and the souls of the dead are set free to wander. Eeeeek! Have I scared you? For us writers it’s the time we all wish we had written that ghost story six months ago,  and were now reaping the rewards of our efforts in the pages of some glossy magazine. Never mind, there’s always next …

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Poldark Review Episode Eight

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Well, Poldark doesn’t do things by halves, does it? With so much gloom, doom and bad news packed into one emotionally pummelled final episode it could have spelled disaster. But it didn’t. The conclusion of this first BBC series was one of the most compelling pieces of drama I’ve ever seen. We had financial ruin, family break up, a disease-racked community, and the loss of a child. And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s a disastrous shipwreck on Napara beach …

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Poldark Review Episode Seven

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At last some meat on the bones. The best episode yet! This series has blown hot and cold over the past seven weeks, and there have been many times when, for me, the action dragged, but this wasn’t one of them. The plot took off a breakneck speed – and just kept going. Ross’s boyhood friend, Mark Daniel, finally gives in to his rage at flighty wife, Keren’s betrayal of him with the handsome Dr Dwight Enys – and although …

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Poldark Review Episode Six

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Big news of the week was the Beeb signing Ross and Demelza – Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson – for a new series. Phew! Now we can all heave a sigh of relief, and Aidan can get on with renewing that gym membership. The new Poldark has been with us for only six short weeks, and already it feels like forever. Seeing the enigmatic Ross riding across the windswept Cornish cliffs, treacle-coloured curls and coat tails flying, has become a …

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Poldark Review Episode Five

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There’s a new addition to Ross and Demelza’s family this week with the birth of baby Julia. Once again her bullying father turns up to spoil things at the Christening. I keep waiting for the explosive scenes I remember from the original series, but they don’t happen. I’m a little disappointed about this. It’s not a great idea to sacrifice drama and entertainment for the sake of sticking rigidly to the book. Don’t get me wrong, Winston Graham’s novels are …

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Poldark Review – Episode Four

Rena George Cornish Crime Series, Cornwall, Poldark 4 Comments

There was a bit of Poldark bashing on Facebook last week, mainly criticising the lack of romantic build up between Ross and Demelza before their wedding, but in the books there was no great romance at that stage in the story. Ross had his wicked way with his kitchen maid, and he married her because he felt it was the right thing to do. When asked if he loves her, he says ‘we get on’. The earlier series indulged in …

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Back Where It All Began

Rena George Cornwall, Crime Fiction, Poldark 4 Comments

You might just have noticed that I am totally in love with Poldark. It was the original TV series with the wonderful Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees that inspired my passion for Cornwall. So when I began writing fiction about five  years ago, there was no question of where my novels would be set. It had to be beautiful Cornwall. The mine scenes in the new Poldark series are set around the Botallack area. If you go there on your …

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