Filming began earlier this week on the second series of BBC1’s hit period drama, Poldark.
This series, produced by Mammoth Screen, will consist of 10 episodes, all written by Debbie Horsfield and adapted from the acclaimed novels by Winston Graham.
Aidan Turner said: “I love playing Ross Poldark and am proud to be a part of this production. The second series of 10 episodes presents a whole new set of challenges for both him and me and I can’t wait for it to kick off again.”
Poldark series one peaked with 9.4 million viewers earlier this year, generating phenomenal media interest and making household names of the cast including Aidan Turner, who returns as hero Ross Poldark, and Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays his wife Demelza.
New characters in series two include John Nettles (Midsomer Murders) as Ray Penvenen, one of the county’s wealthiest landowners, and Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love) as his niece Caroline Penvenen, a beautiful and manipulative heiress. Hugh Skinner (W1A) plays Unwin Trevaunance, a prospective MP who hopes that Caroline (and her fortune) will consent to marry him. But does Caroline’s heart lie elsewhere?
Returning characters include Heida Reed as Elizabeth, Kyle Soller as Francis, Ruby Bentall as Verity, Jack Farthing as George Warleggan and Luke Norris as Dr Dwight Enys. Beatie Edney and Phil Davis return as Jud Paynter and his wife Prudie and Robin Ellis reprises his role as the Reverend Halse.
The second series begins in 1790 and there is riot and revolution in the air. Ross Poldark must once again fight for his freedom when George Warleggan tries desperately to steal his mine and have him hanged as a revolutionary. Can Demelza save Ross from himself?
Crippled by debts, Ross and Francis try to heal old wounds by joining forces in a new mine free of the Warleggans. But Ross and Elizabeth’s feelings for each other cannot be repressed, and Ross risks everything in a desperate smuggling venture. Meanwhile, the fate of the Poldarks is tied to Dr Dwight Enys and Caroline Penvenen in unexpected ways.
The Poldark clan must learn to settle their differences once and for all, but at what cost?
The second series of Poldark will screen in 2016.