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"Poldark" review by Suzanne 7/15/15
Airs Sundays, 9/8c on PBS

This show is based on a set of historical romance novels, set in the 1700's. There was another series of the same name in the 70's that was very popular. I assume that PBS is trying to win some of the audience that loves "Outlander" on Starz.

Poldark returns from fighting the Revolutionary War in the Americas, only to find that his father has died and left him with almost no money, and his girlfriend is marrying his cousin. He does have lands, and servants, and old tin mines, so he works hard to fix it all up and get back his fortune. He meets a young woman, whom he hires to work for him (really, he's rescuing her fro her abusive family), and they fall in love. It's pretty much your classic romance novel, except that it's from the guy's point of view rather than the woman's.

It's a very well done show with very fine acting and beautiful scenery. I found the first episode a little slow at first, but it does pick up. I loved Aiden Turner in "Being Human" and the Hobbit movies, and he's awesome in this, although a bit dour at times. That's befitting the character, though. I would think most women would love this series, but the men might also like all of the fighting and action scenes. I have the DVD and plan to watch that as well, and review it soon!

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Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions 
of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of MASTERPIECE's earliest hit series, Poldark. Now the gallant captain rides again, allowing a new generation to delight in the exploits of an unconventional romantic hero.

Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin. Also starring is Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the fiery servant Demelza, a strong-willed miner's daughter who runs away from home and finds refuge in Poldark's enlightened household.

In a special appearance, Robin Ellis, who starred as Ross Poldark in MASTERPIECE's original adaptation, plays Reverend Halse, the village's sin-obsessed parson.

Poldark is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham. The first, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945; the last, Bella Poldark, appeared in 2002, the year before Graham's death. All twelve are subtitled A Novel of Cornwall and trace the fortunes of a landed, mine-owning family in windswept Cornwall.

The new Poldark airs in eight exciting episodes starting in June 2015 on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

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