Poldark Returns!!

Rena George Cornwall, Poldark 14 Comments

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!!


New Making PoldarkReaders 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.

Godolphin


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)images-1

                                                                  … Or maybe the equally fabulous Richard Armitage (Lucas North in Spooks).

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What do you think?

 

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      You’re family once rented Godolphin? Wow, Sue, I am so impressed, it’s such a wonderful place.
      Did you notice the tall ships picture at the head of this blog post? I’m sure you know it’s the beach at Falmouth a few years ago. I was wondering if you were there that day, Sue? I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an amazing sight. x

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  1. I really don’t understand why they are remaking it? Why not just re-release it? It was absolutely perfect in everyway.

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      Good point, Bobbie. I’m with you. It doesn’t matter how many re-makes they do of Poldark, I don’t think they could ever improve on (or equal) the original version. It will be interesting, though, to see what they do with it.

  2. I was really excited to read about the remake of Poldark.I purchased all the dvds and have watched them numerous times.I don’t know the actors mentioned above so I can’t comment on their acting skills,but I think the casting of Demelza and Ross Poldark will be difficult because I think many people will make a lot of comparisons to the original cast.I think with the BBC involved it will be well made,unlike the one from 1996,from a different network.I hope that it will be successful enough that they will bring the rest of the books in the series to tv as well.Looking forward to this one.

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      Hi Dianne, it’s lovely to see you here, and thank you for leaving a comment.
      When I first read about the planned new production of Poldark, I’ll admit my first reaction was of horror. I just didn’t see how the makers could possibly get anywhere close to that original, wonderful series. But then I discovered that Robin Ellis (Ross) had been consulted, and had given the project his support. And now I’m really looking forward to it.
      The 1996 thing was a bit of disaster, wasn’t it? The original Ross and Demelza actors were initially cast in their old parts, but there was some kind of contractual problems so that didn’t happen.
      It will be interesting to see who eventually takes their places in the new series. Rx

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      I didn’t think of Andrew Buchanan, Maggie, but you’re right, he would be a great choice for Poldark. Can’t wait to find out who actually gets the part. Thank you for stopping by, and leaving a comment. Rx

  3. I remember Godolphin well. My grandmother and parents knew the Schofields who were the owners back in the 50’s. We used to go and visit the place when we were young and play in the garden and the main house. The Schofields had children our age. I also remember the house being supposedly haunted while we played hide and seek. Fond memories of the Schofields who were terrific hosts and great friends of our family……….

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      That’s really interesting, Ian. I think Godolphin House is one of the best of its kind in Cornwall. We used to visit it before the National Trust took it over, in the days when it was much in need of major repair. It was probably in the ownership of the Schofields then. I didn’t actually mind the old crumbling building, but it’s good it has now been restored to its former glory. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  4. The Godolphins are antecedents of Princess Diana and also some of the Churchill Dorothy Killigrew Goldophin was the daughter of an aristocratic Pirate pardoned by Queen Elizabeth 1.

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      First of all, sorry for the late response to your comment, Julia, but thank you for it. I didn’t know any of the history you mentioned. When in Cornwall we are regular visitors to Godolphin House, but I didn’t know the family connection to the late Princess Dianna.

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