Just got back from holiday in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, so I’ve only just caught up with this … wait for it … the BBC is only planning a remake of POLDARK!!
Readers of this blog will know how totally besotted I was with the old TV series, not to mention the gorgeous Robin Ellis, whose portrayal of the dashing, leather-booted Captain Ross Poldark, was epic.
His book, Making Poldark: Memoir of a BBC/Masterpiece Theatre Actor. It’s an affectionate behind the scenes account of the production, starting with Robin’s memories of being interviewed for the part.
This latest production is due to hit the screens in 2015, the 40th anniversary of the original showing. There’s more information about the new series in Robin’s blog.
The original dramatisation was so successful; the rights were sold to more than 40 countries. The new six-parter will start filming in Cornwall later this year.
Below is the magnificent Godolphin House – one of the Poldark houses in the series.
If you want a master class in plotting the novel, creating unforgettable characters, and writing a gritty Cornish family saga with all the elements – love, betrayal, adventure, greed – then have a look at Winston Graham’s twelve wonderful Poldark novels.
They are still poignant enough to deserve another TV dramatisation, but it will be a tall order for the producers to come anywhere close to the brilliance of the original series. So many members of that cast are sadly no longer with us. The lovely Angharad Rees, who played Ross’s wife, the spirited Demleza, died from cancer last year.
Younger viewers who do not remember Poldark, won’t be constantly making comparisons between the new version and the original, and I kind of envy them seeing it for the first time.
But for me there will be only one Captain Ross Poldark, and that’s dear Robin Ellis, who now lives in France with his American wife, Meredith, where he runs a cookery school, and writes about cookery. Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes twelve years ago, he raised awareness of the condition by producing a special cookbook, Delicious Dishes for Diabetics.
Maybe the BBC will be able to persuade him, and some of the other original cast members, to come back for cameo parts. I do hope so.
But if we must have a new ‘Cap’n Poldark’ lets hope the beeb considers the darkly brooding good-looking Andrew Buchan (Garrow’s Law)
… Or maybe the equally fabulous Richard Armitage (Lucas North in Spooks).
What do you think?
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