I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day by posting once again about my most favourite romantic hero, the darkly brooding Ross Poldark (as played by the wonderful Robin Ellis, of course.)
The glorious old Cornish manor house in the featured image at the top of this post is the property that became Ross’s Nampara in the BBC series. I was so smitten by it that it was my template for the St Neot family’s Penmere, in Danger at Mellin Cove. It also features in my soon to be released sequel, Mistress of Mellin Cove.
But back to Poldark…
Making Poldark is Robin’s
own behind-the-scenes account of making the drama. This updated edition reveals the story behind the proposed-but-never-filmed third series,
and includes previously unpublished photographs from Winston Graham’s personal Poldark album and from Robin’s own private collection.
The TV company that will this year film the re-make of the 70s series is still teasing us about who has been chosen to play Ross, but bosses were recently in Truro auditioning young Cornish actresses for the role of Demelza.
Members of the Poldark Appreciation Society are rooting for Spooks star Richard Armitage to play Ross Poldark in the remake. (This is what Richard looks like, in case anyone is in any doubt!)
Society spokesperson, Val Adams, who knew Poldark creator, Winston Graham, for more than 20 years, is convinced he would approve of Richard wholeheartedly.
Members have also recommended Bill Bailey as Jud Paynter, Pam Ferris as Prudie, Ciaran Hinds as Warleggan and EastEnders actress Jo Joyner as Ross’s obsessive love, Elizabeth.
The original 29-episode series was one of the most successful ever British television adaptations. It was sold to more than 40 countries around the world.
Poldark will be shot at locations in Cornwall from April, as well as at studios in Bristol.
So, what do you think? Who should be the new Ross and Demelza?
Whoever the chosen actors turn out to be, they have very big boots to fill. I can’t wait to see how they do it.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.