Aidan Turner is to star as Ross Poldark in a new adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed saga.
The new 8-part series has been adapted by Debbie Horsfield and made by Mammoth Screen for BBC One. The synopsis for the series is:
Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession… falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest – only the bankers are smiling. It’s 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.
Talking about the role Turner says, “I’m very excited to play Ross Poldark for the BBC and it’s obviously a huge challenge to honour the extraordinary character Winston Graham created and who Debbie Horsfield has brought new life to. But there’s a terrific team coming together and the scripts are superb, so I can’t wait to get started.”
Filming on Poldark is expected to begin in April 2014 and the series will transmit in 2015 on BBC One.