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Masterpiece: Poldark Season 2

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 11/20/16

This is a very good show (one of many on PBS). It's very romantic and enjoyable. It reminds me of "Outlander," but without the time travel. Anyone who enjoys romance novels or relationship movies should enjoy this series. I loved Aiden Turner from his previous series, "Being Human," but he's even better in this one. It's just such a good series, with not only love and angst, but fun and laughter. I can't wait for the third season!

There are some good features on the show about how they developed it, what the sets are like, who the characters are, etc. The scenery in the show is so beautiful, and it's really a character of its own on the show.

I've read that PBS cuts the show down a bit to make room for its commercials before and after, but from what I can tell, the DVD has the uncut version. Watch the first season before this one - you don't want to miss a thing.





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Available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution November 22

Premieres on MASTERPIECE September 25 (check local listings)

Arlington, Va.November 16, 2016 – PBS Distribution announced today it will be releasing “MASTERPIECE: POLDARK SEASON 2” on DVD and Blu-ray. Neither pestilence, starvation, nor betrayal can stop Ross Poldark from fighting for justice in his native Cornwall. Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) returns as the ex-officer, class warrior, lover, and mining entrepreneur, called by The New York Times “the noblest, hottest, most down-to-earth hero.”

Also back is co-star Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley), playing Demelza, the miner’s daughter who is Ross’ equal in passion, wit, and daring—which is, of course, why they marry.

POLDARK SEASON 2” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray November 22, 2016. The run time of the program is approximately 600 minutes on 3 discs. The DVD SRP is $44.99 and the Blu-ray SRP is $54.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

The returning cast includes Heida Reed (One Day) as Ross’ first love, Elizabeth, who broke his heart by marrying his duplicitous cousin Francis, played with intriguing ambiguity by Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina). Also back are Jack Farthing (Poirot) as George Warleggan, the arch-villain who would rather see Ross dead, a situation he does his best to arrange; along with Philip Davis (White Teeth) and Beatie Edney (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) as Ross’ exasperating servants, Jud and Prudie Paynter.

New this season—or thrust into prominence from last—are Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love) as Caroline Penvenen, a flirtatious young heiress under the watchful eye of her rich uncle, Ray, played by John Nettles (Midsomer Murders); Luke Norris (Titanic) as earnest young doctor Dwight Enys, who only has time for his patients— and for Caroline; and Henry Garrett (Zero Dark Thirty) as Captain McNeil, Ross’ old comrade from the war, now hunting smugglers and an opportunity to woo a certain married lady.

All of these characters inhabit the imaginative world created by Winston Graham in his bestselling “Poldark” novels, published between 1945 and 2002. Comprising an even dozen volumes, the epic commences in 1783, as British officer Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall, fresh from the American Revolutionary War. POLDARK: SEASON 2 takes the plot into Graham’s fourth volume, “Warleggan”.

Viewers of the first season will recall that Ross shocks his relatives and neighbors when he shows up from America, since all had presumed him dead. Then he sets about upending their lives—threatening the copper mining interests of his uncle and cousin, Charles and Francis Poldark, and the rival operation of upstart George Warleggan. He is also ensnared in a romantic web that connects him, Francis, and George to the beautiful Elizabeth. Nevertheless, Ross happily marries Demelza and they have a daughter. But in the final episode of Season 1, an epidemic takes the child away, and a shipwreck and drowning are blamed on Ross.

So at the start of POLDARK SEASON 2, Ross stands accused of murder and “wrecking”— luring a cargo ship to the rocks for plunder. It’s a capital offense, the judge is unsympathetic, hostile witnesses have been bribed and Ross appears headed for the gallows. It’s just the first in a string of suspenseful episodes every bit as precipitous as the steep cliffs of Cornwall.

POLDARK SEASON 2is a Mammoth Screen production for the BBC and MASTERPIECE. Based on the novels by Winston Graham, it is written and created for television by Debbie Horsfield, produced by Margaret Mitchell and directed by Will Sinclair, Charles Palmer and Richard Senior. The executive producers are Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.


The top-rated primetime show on PBS, MASTERPIECE is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and Audible with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. MASTERPIECE is known for presenting iconic shows such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga, Poldark, Sherlock and Downton Abbey.

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Street Date: November 22, 2016

Genre: Drama

Run Time: Approx. 600 Minutes on 3 Discs

SRP: DVD $44.99, Blu-ray $54.99

Format: DVD & Blu-ray

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