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Poldark (2015 TV series)

Poldark is a British historical period drama television series based on the novels of the same title by Winston Graham and starring Aidan Turner in the lead role. The series was written and adapted by Debbie Horsfield for the BBC, and directed by several directors throughout its run. Set between 1781 and 1801, the plot follows the titular character on his return to Cornwall after the American War of Independence in 1783.

Series title over a figure looking out to sea
Created byDebbie Horsfield
Based onThe Poldark novels
Written byDebbie Horsfield
Composer(s)Anne Dudley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes43 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Rebecca Eaton
  • Elizabeth Kilgariff
  • Debbie Horsfield
  • Karen Thrussell
  • Damien Timmer
Producer(s)Margaret Mitchell
CinematographyCinders Forshaw
Editor(s)Robin Hill
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Mammoth Screen
Original network
Picture format16:9 1080i
Original release8 March 2015 (2015-03-08) –
26 August 2019
External links

The series first aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 8 March 2015 in eight parts, and in seven parts on PBS in the United States, which supported the production, on 21 June 2015 as part of its Masterpiece anthology. The first series was based on the first two Poldark novels by Graham.[1] It is the second screen adaptation of Graham's novels, following a television series broadcast by BBC One between 1975 and 1977.[2]

On 8 April 2015, the BBC announced that a second series had been commissioned[3] which premiered on 4 September 2016, and contained content from the third and fourth Poldark novels.[4] The BBC announced on 6 July 2016, before series two had begun, that a third series had been commissioned based on the fifth and half of the sixth novels.[5] The fourth series began airing on 10 June 2018.[6] Filming for the fifth and final series started in September 2018 and was transmitted in July 2019.[7][8]

Plot overviewEdit

In 1783 Captain Ross Vennor Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his home of Nampara in Cornwall after three years in the army. Upon his return home, he discovers his father Joshua has died, his estate is in ruins and in considerable debt, and his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth is engaged to his cousin Francis.

He meets a young woman called Demelza Carne at Truro market and hires her as a scullery maid but they fall in love and marry in 1787. The story follows the lives of Ross and Demelza up to 1801.




  • Robin Ellis as the Reverend Dr Halse
  • Richard Hope as Harris Pascoe
  • Ed Browning as Paul Daniel
  • John Hollingworth as Captain William Henshawe (series 1–3)
  • Rory Wilton as Richard Tonkin (series 1–2)
  • Richard Harrington as Captain Andrew Blamey (series 1–3)
  • Gracee O'Brien as Jinny Carter (series 1–2)
  • Emma Spurgin Hussey as Mrs Zacky Martin (series 1–2)
  • Matthew Wilson as Mark Daniel (series 1–2)
  • Sally Dexter as Mrs Chynoweth (series 1–2)
  • Henry Garrett as Captain Malcolm McNeil (series 1–2)
  • Mark Frost as Tom Carne (series 1–3)
  • Crystal Leaity as Margaret Vosper (series 1–2)
  • Patrick Ryecart as Sir Hugh Bodrugan (series 1–2)
  • Michael Culkin as Horace Treneglos (series 1–2)
  • Jason Thorpe as Mathew Sanson (series 1)
  • Robert Daws as Dr Tom Choake (series 1-4)
  • Alexander Arnold as Jim Carter (series 1)
  • Sabrina Bartlett as Keren Daniel (née Smith) (series 1)
  • Harriet Ballard as Ruth Treneglos (née Teague) (series 1)
  • Mary Woodvine as Mrs Teague (series 1)
  • Daniel Cook as John Treneglos (series 1)
  • Jason Squibb as Reverend Odgers (series 1, 3, 4)
  • Sebastian Armesto as Tankard (series 2)
  • Hugh Skinner as Lord Unwin Trevaunance (series 2)
  • Ross Green as Charlie Kempthorne (series 2)
  • Amelia Clarkson as Rosina Carne (née Hoblyn) (series 2, 4, 5)
  • John MacNeill as Jacka Hoblyn (series 2, 4, 5)
  • Lewis Peek as Ted Carkeek (series 2)
  • Rose Reynolds as Betty Carkeek (series 2)
  • Alexander Morris as Captain James Blamey (series 2)
  • Isabella Parriss as Esther Blamey (series 2)
  • Turlough Convery as Tom Harry (series 2–4)
  • Richard McCabe as Mr Trencrom (series 2–3)
  • Harry Marcus as Geoffrey Charles Poldark (series 3)
  • Louis Davison as Geoffrey Charles Poldark (series 4)
  • John Hopkins as Sir Francis Basset (series 3–4)
  • James Wilby as Lord Falmouth (series 3–4)
  • Ciara Charteris as Emma Tregirls (series 3–4)
  • Esme Coy as Rowella Solway (née Chynoweth) (series 3–4)
  • Will Merrick as Arthur Solway (series 3–4)
  • Edward Bennett as Prime Minister William Pitt (series 4)
  • Jack Riddiford as Jago Martin (series 4)
  • Robin McCallum as Justice Trehearne (series 4)
  • Emily Patrick as Belinda (series 4)
  • Mike Burnside as Nathaniel Pearce (series 4)
  • Cornelius Booth as Sir Christopher Hawkins (series 4)
  • Danny Kirrane as Harry Harry (series 4)
  • Josh Taylor as Viscount Bollington (series 4)
  • Sophie Simnett as Andromeda Page (series 4)
  • Charlie Field as John Craven (series 4)
  • Adrian Lukis as Sir John Mitford (series 4)
  • Richard Durden as Dr Anselm (series 4)
  • Max Bennett as Monk Adderley (series 4)
  • Rebecca Front as Lady Whitworth (series 4, guest series 5)
  • Freddie Wise as Geoffrey Charles Poldark (series 5)
  • Lily Dodsworth-Evans as Cecily Hanson (series 5)
  • Sofia Oxenham as Tess Tregidden (series 5)
  • Anthony Calf as William Wickham (series 5)
  • Woody Norman as Valentine Warleggan (series 5)
  • Wensdae Gibbons as Clowance Poldark (series 5)
  • Oscar Novak as Jeremy Poldark (series 5)
  • Andrew Gower as James Hadfield (series 5)
  • Eoin Lynch as John Macnamara (series 5)
  • Peter Forbes as Thomas Erskine (series 5)
  • Norman Bowman as James Bannantine (series 5)
  • Simon Williams as Lord Justice Kenyon (series 5)
  • Simon Thorp as Dr Penrose (series 5)
  • Alexander Perkins as Stone (series 5)
  • Sam Crane as Sir Spencer Percival (series 5)
  • William Sebag-Montefiore as Foreman of the Jury (series 5)
  • Richard Dixon as Lord Ellenborough (series 5)
  • Dan O'Keefe as Coldbath Prison Guard (series 5)
  • Don Gallagher as Vicar (series 5)
  • Zachary Fall as Laurent (series 5)
  • Nico Rogner as General Jules Toussaint (series 5)


SeriesEpisodesOriginally airedAverage UK viewers
First airedLast aired
188 March 2015 (2015-03-08)26 April 2015 (2015-04-26)8.11
2104 September 2016 (2016-09-04)6 November 2016 (2016-11-06)6.94
3911 June 2017 (2017-06-11)6 August 2017 (2017-08-06)6.68
4810 June 2018 (2018-06-10)29 July 2018 (2018-07-29)6.11
5814 July 2019 (2019-07-14)26 August 2019 (2019-08-26)5.50

Series 1 (2015)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [9]
11"Episode 1"Ed BazalgetteDebbie Horsfield8 March 2015 (2015-03-08)9.51
Two years after departing, Ross Vennor Poldark, a British veteran of the American War of Independence, returns home to Cornwall to discover his father Joshua had died six months past. He calls at his uncle Charles' home to discover his inheritance in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth betrothed to another—his cousin Francis Poldark. Having sold some of his family's possessions, he goes to market and comes across an urchin, Demelza Carne, being attacked by ruffians who want to steal her dog. Demelza has left home after being beaten by her father. Ross's uncle tries to persuade him to leave Cornwall; Ross becomes more determined to stay and work his inheritance.
22"Episode 2"Ed BazalgetteDebbie Horsfield15 March 2015 (2015-03-15)8.74
Bailiffs are closing mines, putting hundreds out of work. Ross hopes to go into business with Francis to reopen a mine, but Francis declines after tensions between him, his wife Elizabeth, and Ross are fanned by business rival George Warleggan. Ross manages to obtain financing for his mine from other businessmen. At a dance, Ross's spinster cousin, Verity, falls in love with disgraced sea captain, Captain Andrew Blamey; falsely accused of murdering his wife. Ross assists her to meet Blamey in secret, against her father Charles' wishes, leading to a duel between Francis and Blamey. When Francis is wounded, Elizabeth announces to Ross that she is pregnant with Francis' child.
33"Episode 3"Ed BazalgetteDebbie Horsfield22 March 2015 (2015-03-22)8.42
Ross opens his mine and the search begins for a vein of copper. Elizabeth bears a baby son Geoffrey Charles, but her relationship with her husband deteriorates. Young employee Jim Carter, whom Ross helped when Jim's girlfriend was pregnant, continues to poach pheasants after they are married and is caught red-handed; his punishment is transportation, and Ross's pleas for leniency result in two years' imprisonment despite Jim and Ross's hopes for acquittal. Rumours circulate as to Ross and Demelza's relationship, and her father Tom Carne, now a reformed character, demands that she return home. Ross and Demelza become lovers. Feeling she is in an impossible position, Demelza decides to return to her family, but Ross goes after her, and they marry in secret with only Jud and Prudie in attendance.
44"Episode 4"Ed BazalgetteDebbie Horsfield29 March 2015 (2015-03-29)8.29
The gentry and locals are shocked by Ross and Demelza's marriage; his judgment is questioned when he seeks more financing from his shareholders for his mine. Ross's paternal uncle, Charles Poldark, has a heart attack during the Christening of his grandson. On his deathbed, he asks Ross to look after his family, realising that Francis is not cut out for business. Verity, still pining for Captain Blamey, comes to stay and teaches Demelza the finer points of society, so that she is able to make a good impression when she and Ross are invited for Christmas to Francis and Elizabeth's home. The occasion, initially strained, is spoiled by the arrival of the uninvited Warleggans. Copper is finally discovered in Ross's mine, and Demelza announces to Ross she is pregnant; Ross finally tells her he loves her.
55"Episode 5"William McGregorDebbie Horsfield5 April 2015 (2015-04-05)7.56
Ross's good friend, Dr Dwight Enys, arrives to study lung disease in miners. Demelza gives birth to a girl, Julia. George Warleggan buys shares in Ross's mine. Low copper prices from the smelting companies force the mine owners to secretly organise their own smelting company with Ross in charge. Demelza tries to organise a reunion between Verity and Captain Blamey. Mark, one of Ross's workers, falls in love with a travelling player, Keren, who has expectations that outweigh his means. Francis, deeply in debt from his mismanagement of the mine, gambling, and spending on prostitute Margaret, finally gambles his mine. He loses, forcing its closure.
66"Episode 6"William McGregorDebbie Horsfield12 April 2015 (2015-04-12)7.68
Mark Daniel's new wife, Keren, sets her sights on Dr Enys. Deadly jail pestilence sweeps Bodmin Jail, and Ross and Dr Enys illegally remove Jim Carter to treat his fever, unsuccessfully. The Warleggans hold a ball at which Demelza blossoms, while a drunken Ross becomes involved in a card game with the judge who had incarcerated Jim Carter and the gambler who took Francis's mine. Verity is horrified when Captain Blamey also attends the party, and she is forbidden to see him again. George Warleggan discovers where the mine owners have been secretly smelting their copper.
77"Episode 7"William McGregorDebbie Horsfield19 April 2015 (2015-04-19)6.84
Verity elopes with Captain Blamey, and Francis blames Ross and severs all family ties. George Warleggan, seeking to undermine Ross's smelting operation, returns some of the money out of which Francis was cheated when gambling with Warleggan's cousin Matthew Sampson. In return, an enraged Francis gives George the identities of Ross's partners, most of whom owe money to the Warleggans, and George then calls in their debts. Dr Enys is seduced by Keren, who is then confronted by a distraught Mark about her infidelity, with tragic consequences. After learning of Francis's anger towards Ross, Demelza confesses her part in Verity's elopement, and Ross realises how Warleggan has gained the information to bankrupt his business partners.
88"Episode 8"William McGregorDebbie Horsfield26 April 2015 (2015-04-26)7.86
Warleggan's plan to close Ross's smelting company comes to fruition when the company is outbid for the available copper. George Warleggan celebrates by buying a ship. An epidemic of putrid throat (diphtheria) strikes down peasants and gentry alike, including Francis, Elizabeth, and their son. Demelza goes to their aid, and she and her own baby, Julia, also contract the disease. This results in Julia's premature death at age one and Demelza's lengthy illness, though she recovers with the help of Dr Enys. Warleggan's ship is wrecked off the coast of Ross's land, and starving mine workers descend upon the beach to take food and cargo that washes ashore. Ross rescues the surviving passengers and crew and takes them to his home. George's cousin Matthew Sampson dies in the wreck, and Ross is arrested for murder and wrecking, leaving Demelza distraught.

Series 2 (2016)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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91"Episode 1"Will SinclairDebbie Horsfield4 September 2016 (2016-09-04)7.29
As Ross awaits his trial in Bodmin, Francis, Demelza and Elizabeth all try to rally support for him, but he adamantly dismisses their caring assistance. Francis sinks into depression and attempts suicide. Dr Enys meets a colourful heiress, Caroline Penvenen, whose fiancé Unwin has arrived to contest local elections.
102"Episode 2"Will SinclairDebbie Horsfield11 September 2016 (2016-09-11)6.88
Francis survives his suicide attempt. Demelza attempts to influence the judge in Ross's trial, but is thwarted by George Warleggan. George's agents also bribe potential witnesses, including Jud, and spread material damaging to Ross's reputation. Despite these events, Ross is found not guilty. Demelza discovers she is pregnant a second time.
113"Episode 3"Will SinclairDebbie Horsfield18 September 2016 (2016-09-18)6.75
Francis and Elizabeth hold a harvest party, at which Ross indicates he still has feelings for Elizabeth. Demelza is wooed by Captain McNeil, but rejects his advances. Jud is beaten by Warleggan's men for testifying in Ross's favour at the trial. Ross and Demelza are forced to sell nearly all their belongings to pay an urgent debt. Dr Enys and Caroline are becoming attracted to one another; Francis and Ross reconcile, with Ross realising their mutual enmity aids George's machinations.
124"Episode 4"Will SinclairDebbie Horsfield25 September 2016 (2016-09-25)7.13
His debts force Ross to sell his shares in Wheal Leisure (bought up by George) and to enter into a deal with smugglers. Ross uses the money to re-open Wheal Grace mine, in partnership with Francis. George informs Ross that Francis gained the money for the venture by betraying him (series one, episode seven), and Ross punches George. Ross later uses the information to pressure Francis into blessing Verity's marriage to Captain Blamey. Caroline and Dr Enys's growing relationship faces some hurdles over their differing values. Caroline is forced to return to London. Demelza gives birth to a boy called Jeremy.
135"Episode 5"Charles PalmerDebbie Horsfield2 October 2016 (2016-10-02)6.60
George buys up Ross's debt, forcing Ross to Truro to seek a loan. An apparent informant in the smuggling ring makes Demelza nervous about Ross's involvement. Caroline returns to Cornwall, apparently to announce she is engaged to Unwin; but she rejects him and pursues Dr Enys. Elizabeth suggests she has feelings for Ross. Francis is drowned following an accident in the Wheal Grace mine.
146"Episode 6"Charles PalmerDebbie Horsfield9 October 2016 (2016-10-09)6.72
Ross faces debtors' prison, but is saved by an anonymous loan from Caroline Penvenen. Ross spends time with the widowed Elizabeth and uses his little remaining money to buy the Wheal Grace shares owned by Francis's son, Geoffrey Charles, angering Demelza. Thwarted in his plan to imprison Ross, George turns his attentions to Elizabeth, to the dismay of Aunt Agatha. Caroline's uncle and benefactor disapproves of her marrying Dr Enys.
157"Episode 7"Charles PalmerDebbie Horsfield16 October 2016 (2016-10-16)6.77
Ross joins a smuggling party, hoping to gain information about Wheal Grace from Mark, formerly a miner and Keren's husband, but it proves a dead-end. Caroline and Dr Enys plan to elope, but Dr Enys experiences doubts and is called away by a medical emergency. Upset, Caroline returns to London. Dr Enys learns the identity of the smugglers' informant and warns Demelza. With her aid, Ross narrowly escapes the soldiers intercepting the smugglers, but is recognised.
168"Episode 8"Charles PalmerDebbie Horsfield23 October 2016 (2016-10-23)6.94
Ross and Dr Enys face trial for their part in aiding smugglers. Dr Enys's relationship with Caroline appears ended, and he considers joining the navy. Following a fatal cave-in, the apparently worthless Wheal Grace may be closed. Under pressure from debt and bogus tin prospectors (hired by George), Elizabeth agrees to marry George Warleggan. Enraged, Ross rides to Trenwith and sleeps with Elizabeth.
179"Episode 9"Richard SeniorDebbie Horsfield30 October 2016 (2016-10-30)7.10
Ross and Demelza's relationship founders following his tryst with Elizabeth. Elizabeth postpones her wedding to George, expecting Ross to desire to become her husband. Ross does not contact her in the days after "that night". Angered and heartbroken, Demelza accepts an invitation to a ball where she attempts to seduce Captain McNeil, but conscience prevents her. Ross digs past the cave-in at Wheal Grace and discovers an enormous tin deposit.
1810"Episode 10"Richard SeniorDebbie Horsfield6 November 2016 (2016-11-06)7.19
Elizabeth marries George and informs him that she is pregnant. Ross is summoned to Trenwith by George, who regards the sale of Geoffrey Charles's Wheal Grace shares as fraudulent. George plans to pursue the matter through the courts; he and Ross fist-fight until George's servants intervene. Dr Enys learns Caroline is engaged and decides to join the navy, but Ross arranges for them to meet in a tavern before Dr Enys embarks, where Caroline and Dr Enys pledge their love. She promises to wait for his return. George erects wooden fencing and barriers around Trenwith, barring a common path, and has his men beat and shoot at 'trespassers' including Demelza. Ross attempts to re-enlist in the army, but withdraws at the last moment upon hearing of a planned attack on Trenwith by angered villagers, led by Jud. Ross talks the villagers out of their attack, sweeps Demelza upon his horse and carries her home where the two are reconciled.

Series 3 (2017)Edit

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191"Episode 1"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield11 June 2017 (2017-06-11)7.29
Elizabeth Warleggan pretends that having fallen down the stairs has induced the birth of her baby. George Warleggan names the boy Valentine. Aunt Agatha describes the boy as cursed, born under a black moon as Demelza and Elizabeth separately ponder the identity of the child's biological father. George hires Morwenna Chynoweth (Elizabeth's cousin) as governess for Geoffrey Charles. Dr Dwight Enys marries Caroline Penvenen during a brief shore-leave, but is called away shortly after to deliver Elizabeth's baby. On his deathbed, Caroline's Uncle Ray gives their marriage his blessing. Demelza's brothers Drake and Sam arrive and Ross and Demelza take them in. Ross and George have reached an apparent truce in their feud, agreeing to not see each other's families.
202"Episode 2"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield18 June 2017 (2017-06-18)6.59
Drake and Sam Carne ignore Ross's warnings and become George's tenants. Drake and Morwenna are falling in love while Sam wishes to use the church to preach. After the Carnes and their Methodist followers provoke George during a service, George has them banned from the church. Ross is offered the position as local magistrate, but rejects it; George ultimately becomes the magistrate. The French revolution leads to a number of English navy ships reported missing, including those of Captain Blamey and Dr Enys. Ross engages an old friend of his father's, Tholly Tregirls, to find out more. It emerges that Capt. Blamey is safe, but when Ross learns that Dr Enys's ship was captured by the French, he sets out with Tholly to search for his friend.
213"Episode 3"Stephen WoolfendenDebbie Horsfield25 June 2017 (2017-06-25)6.49
Ross and Tholly arrive in revolutionary France, gaining information that Dr Enys is alive in a French prison. They are eventually forced to flee after being accused of spying. Sam leads his flock in loud song just outside the church, and George retaliates by evicting the Carnes from his land. Demelza, making decisions on her own during Ross's absence in France, allows her brothers and their followers to use one of Ross's Nampara barns. Drake and Morwenna's relationship advances. George, Elizabeth and Valentine move to Truro in association with George's magistrate position, leaving Geoffrey Charles behind with Morwenna and Aunt Agatha. George frees an aristocrat charged with rape, in order to curry favour with Lord Godolphin. An unhappy Elizabeth begins to take opium.
224"Episode 4"Stephen WoolfendenDebbie Horsfield2 July 2017 (2017-07-02)6.46
An exceedingly poor harvest leads to widespread famine. George stockpiles grain and uses his power as a magistrate to punish heavily those caught stealing food. Meanwhile, Ross rallies the local gentry to feed the starving miners and farmers and clashes with George. The repugnant, libidinous and recently widowed Rev. Osborne Whitworth, a member of the Godolphin family, set his sights on Morwenna and the ambitious George encourages their union. In France, Dr Enys tends the wounded in prison including a young lieutenant, Hugh Armitage. Demelza gives birth to baby girl, Clowance.
235"Episode 5"Stephen WoolfendenDebbie Horsfield9 July 2017 (2017-07-09)6.61
Ross takes a small raiding party to France and, amid gunfights, rescues Dr Enys and Lt. Armitage. Drake joins the raiding party after being rejected by Morwenna, advised that Drake is socially unacceptable. Valentine Warleggan contracts rickets, much to George's chagrin. George attempts to win the favour of local political kingmaker Lord Falmouth, but is thwarted when it emerges Lt. Armitage is Lord Falmouth's nephew, bringing Ross to the Lord's attention.
246"Episode 6"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield16 July 2017 (2017-07-16)6.61
Dr Enys struggles to adjust to civilian life with Caroline, following his ordeal. He is counselled by Lt. Armitage. Ross gifts some land to unemployed miners. Drake resumes his pursuit of Morwenna, who realizes she is in love with him. George has Drake falsely arrested for stealing, a capital offence, and forces Morwenna to marry Rev. Whitworth in exchange for Drake's freedom. Geoffrey Charles is sent to boarding school.
257"Episode 7"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield23 July 2017 (2017-07-23)7.11
Aunt Agatha looks forward to her 100th birthday party. The desperately unhappy Morwenna is pregnant with Rev. Whitworth's child; her sister Rowella comes to stay with them. Ross is asked to stand for the vacant local MP position by both the rebellious Whig politician, Sir Francis Bassett and his Tory equivalent Lord Falmouth, but rejects them both as he views MPs as 'puppets'. Eventually, George becomes Sir Francis's candidate. Demelza is frustrated by Ross's apparent lack of ambition and is flattered by the advances of the poetic Lt. Armitage. Ross sets up Drake as the local blacksmith. George, upon learning Agatha is only 98, cancels the party. In a fit of anger, Agatha shouts at George that he is not Valentine's father. Agatha dies shortly afterwards.
268"Episode 8"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield30 July 2017 (2017-07-30)6.42
Ross, alone, buries Aunt Agatha. George is elected MP for the district; he is suspicious of Valentine’s parentage and makes inquiries with Dr Enys while acting coldly towards Elizabeth and his son. Ross secretly meets Elizabeth regarding the matter. Ross and Demelza’s marriage comes under further pressure as Hugh Armitage continues to openly pursue Demelza. Ross considers talking through his feelings with Demelza, but does not. Morwenna gives birth to a son and her health suffers, particularly from Rev. Whitworth’s immediate resumption of marital relations, which outrages Dr Enys. Sam Carne struggles with his religious faith and his attraction to free-spirited local girl Emma Tregirls. Rowella seduces Rev. Whitworth.
279"Episode 9"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield6 August 2017 (2017-08-06)6.50
After French ships are sighted off the coast, Ross is asked to organize and lead the local militia. George has his henchman vandalize Drake's blacksmith premises; when Drake complains to Elizabeth, George's men beat him savagely. Following a confrontation, Elizabeth swears that George is Valentine's father; George swears never to doubt Elizabeth again. Rowella informs Rev. Whitworth she is pregnant with his child and extorts 500 pounds from him so she can marry Arthur Solway, a local librarian. Drake's treatment and the high price of grain leads an angry mob to storm George's grain stores; Ross's militia is ordered to defend the stores. Ross avoids a potentially violent confrontation by promising to stand for parliament. Hugh Armitage learns his eyesight is rapidly failing and asks Demelza to make love with him. Ross lies in bed alone; Demelza joins him eventually.

Series 4 (2018)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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281"Episode 1"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield10 June 2018 (2018-06-10)6.49
Food shortages continue to plague Cornwall. Angry locals riot after witnessing grain being sold illegally to foreign buyers. A grain merchant is killed during the fracas; local man Jago Martin is arrested for his murder and the Carne brothers charged with inciting a riot. MP George Warleggan manipulates a trial where they are all found guilty and sentenced to hang. Ross ensures Demelza learns none of this and, at the scene of the hanging, he argues strongly in defence of the men. The presiding Sir Francis Basset frees the Carne brothers, but Jago is hanged. Meanwhile, an election is called. Lord Falmouth nominates Lt. Hugh Armitage as his candidate, to oppose Warleggan. Armitage, with fragile health, continues to pursue Demelza who barely resists his advances. Caroline Enys informs her husband Dwight that she is pregnant. After entertaining Sir Francis for dinner, Ross and Demelza discuss their infidelities and future.
292"Episode 2"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield17 June 2018 (2018-06-17)6.66
Dwight informs Lord Falmouth that his nephew, Hugh, is not healthy enough to run for a seat in Parliament. Lord Falmouth dismisses Dwight and summons Dr. Choake in his stead. George’s henchman, Tom Harry, challenges Sam to a wrestling match that is part of the Sawle Feast festivities that the villagers are preparing to celebrate. With encouragement from Emma Tregirls, Sam accepts Tom Harry’s challenge. Meanwhile, Demelza and Caroline Eyns conspire to help Falmouth and Sir Francis Basset reach an agreement on backing the best candidate for Parliament. Appalled at Dr. Choake’s course of treatment for Hugh, Falmouth changes his mind and summons Dwight. Tom Harry win the wrestling match by cheating. Keeping his promise to Elizabeth, George summarily fires Tom Harry from his employ. Dwight sends for Demelza to comfort a dying Hugh; Falmouth convinces Ross to run in Hugh’s place. Ross narrowly wins the election over an ever spiteful George. Hugh Armitage dies; Emma tells Sam she is leaving to work as a maid for Basset.
303"Episode 3"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield24 June 2018 (2018-06-24)6.25
Ross goes to London on Parliament duties and stays away for month, battling hard for the poor and their rights, until he receives bad news from Demelza about Wheal Grace which force him to come back home. However, when he returns, he must face an estranged wife and tenants who no longer trust him to handle the mine problems. In the meantime, Caroline gives birth to Dwight's daughter, Sarah. Still sulking over his defeat, George tries hard to purchase seats at Parliament.
314"Episode 4"Brian KellyDebbie Horsfield1 July 2018 (2018-07-01)5.46
Ross is asked for his vote in small matters of personal interest by Lord Falmouth, as a return of favor. George finds a new way to demise Ross, in trying to shut down his friend Harris Pascoe's bank. Dwight Enys is concerned about his daughter Sarah's health after discovering that she has a congenital heart defect which would render the smallest infection deadly to her. Demelza gently pushes her brother Drake and Rosina Hoblyn in each other's arms. While maintaining a carnal relationship with his sister-in-law for a price, Mr Whitworth tries to commit his wife to an Asylum. Sarah catches a cold, and Dwight finally breaks the news to his wife about her heart defect. An attempt to reach an old closed mine leads to a flood which almost costs a man's life.
325"Episode 5"Brian KellyDebbie Horsfield8 July 2018 (2018-07-08)6.02
Ross goes back to London to resume his duties in Parliament. There he frequently meets Caroline Enys who's decided to stay in the capital for some time in order to distract herself from her grief, leaving Dwight and Demelza to deal with the sick and poor in Cornwall. Drake Carne asks Rosina for her hand. Meanwhile, Mr Whitworth forces Morwenna to resume her conjugal duties by removing the one leverage she had over him, while continuing his relationship with her sister, Rowella. Rowella's husband finds out about her understanding with the Vicar, and assaults him. He is found dead the next morning, and when the news reaches Drake, he decides to call off his marriage to go back to his first and foremost love, Morwenna, but she rejects him. Thinking Drake is the murderer of the Vicar, and in retaliation for his behavior towards Rosina, Tom Harry and his brother, with George's leave, burn Drake's house. Ross goes back to Cornwall with a proposal that would allow the poor to survive the food shortage.
336"Episode 6"Brian KellyDebbie Horsfield15 July 2018 (2018-07-15)6.09
Ross's ideas attract the attention of the Prime Minister, who takes the opportunity of a lunch meeting to bestow some advice. Nat Pierce, who had embezzled funds from Harris Pascoe's bank, dies, which gives George the power to bankrupt Pascoe, thus sinking Ross and Demelza's finances. Still traumatized, Morwenna asks Dr Enys for his help. Elizabeth shows signs of a pregnancy, which brings back memories of a conversation with Ross over George's suspicions and a way to alleviate them for good. Demelza goes out of her way to help Pascoe save his Bank, but ultimately fails. Ross comes back from London with Caroline and his nephew, who had started to take on the bad habits of his late father. He then tries his best to take on the mission Demelza failed at, by seeking investors for Pascoe, but failing, proposes a fusion between Pascoe's bank and Sir Francis Basset's with Pascoe as a partner, but is refuses that as well. Caroline reunites with Dwight but is soon bored with Cornwall, and asks her husband to go back to London, this time wishing him by her side. Elizabeth tries to delay the announcement of her pregnancy as much as possible but her health betrays her and arouses suspicion in Dr Enys and her husband. Morwenna explains to Drake that she is pregnant again and cannot accept him. Sir Francis comes around about Ross's proposition, accepts Pascoe as a partner, and asks Ross to join in the new Bank as well. Ross asks Demelza to join him on his next trip to London.
347"Episode 7"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield22 July 2018 (2018-07-22)5.92
Ross and Demelza enjoy their first time as a couple in London, as do Dwight and Caroline. Drake Carne, with his brother's help, resumes his activity as a Blacksmith in Sawle. At a masked bal held by George and Elizabeth, Demelza is courted by the infamous Cpt. Monk Adderley, and tries her best to reject him smoothly without offending him, but the man doesn't take the hint as intended. When Ross steps in, ready to fend for his beloved, Caroline and Dwight intervene to avoid a confrontation. Cpt. Adderley makes a bet with George that he will manage to debauch Demelza, and resumes his attentions towards her every time he has the chance, at her greatest grievance. Ross's jealousy drives him to react rashly to a provocation from Adderly, which leads to a duel between the gentlemen. Adderly is wounded in the duel, so is Ross. The latter goes back home to be tended to by Demelza while Enys stays with Adderly until his transfer to a hospital. Enys then joins Ross and patches him up, while Demelza expresses her guilt for being the underlying reason of the gentlemen's quarrel. Adderly eventually dies of his wound, and George suspects Ross is responsible. In the meantime, Morwenna miscarries and her mother-in-law decides to send her in an Asylum, but she vanishes before being sent there, and goes to Drake to explain her rejection of him. Demelza, thinking she is not fit for London, and disappointed at Ross's unending suspicions and mistrust, decides to go back to Cornwall with Dwight Enys.
358"Episode 8"Joss AgnewDebbie Horsfield29 July 2018 (2018-07-29)6.01
Elizabeth consults a physician about a special request, which could put her and her unborn child in danger. George gives way to his anger and jealousy of Ross every chance he gets, and rekindles his old suspicions of Valentine's parentage over a thoughtless remark from Geoffrey Charles about his half-brother. His behavior towards his son and his wife pushes her to take steps in order to prove him that Valentine is his child, at her own expense. Meanwhile, Drake convinces Morwenna of his undying love and purest intentions towards her, and she agrees to marry him, which enrages George. Elizabeth gives birth to a premature but healthy little girl, but experiences post-partum pains and shows signs of a vasoconstrictive disease which ultimately costs her her life. While everyone celebrates Drake and Morwenna's wedding, George and Valentine mourn over Elizabeth's grave.

Series 5 (2019)Edit

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
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361"Episode 1"Sallie AprahamianDebbie Horsfield14 July 2019 (2019-07-14)5.96
Colonel Despard, who has been wrongly imprisoned, writes to Ross urging him to return to London. Ross arrives, accompanied by Dr Enys, to find a city gripped by fear, and agrees to take up Despard’s case. He attends a meeting opposed to slavery with Despard's own brown-skinned wife, Katherine, as the speaker. At the theatre, he foils an attempt to assassinate the King, who is considered mad. His actions allow him an interview with Mr Whickham, with whom he agrees to work covertly in behalf of the government in return for Despard's release. Demelza is left to manage the Cornish estate, promising to help find work for the discontented unemployed, who are led by Tess. The house is set afire during the night, and Demelza struggles to save her son and daughter from the flames. She suspects that Tess is responsible, but the girl denies it. George finds it hard to cope following Elizabeth's death, starts behaving irrationally and having hallucinations of Elizabeth. In the meantime, he and his uncle enter into a commercial alliance with Ralph Hanson, a trader in mahogany from Honduras. In Cornwall, Morwenna struggles with her trauma but starts hoping for a recovery thanks to Drake's kind, patient and untainted love. Demelza decides to go to London with her children to join her husband, and Caroline does the same.[10]
372"Episode 2"Sallie AprahamianDebbie Horsfield21 July 2019 (2019-07-21)5.46
Ross and Demelza endeavour to restitute Ned Despard's reputation, but a pamphlet written by his former secretary in Honduras praising his character is put into general circulation by Demelza, who had not foreseen the consequence of this action. Geoffrey Charles forms an unwelcome attachment to Miss Hanson, daughter of Ralph Hanson, who is in fact a slave owner and supporter of the slave trade, and the person behind the false accusations in Colonel Despard's case. Dwight Enys gives a lecture to his peers about mental illness, but his views displease most of the audience, except for a lawyer, who asks him to testify in behalf of his client, accused of high treason, who shows signs of insanity.
383"Episode 3"Sallie AprahamianDebbie Horsfield28 July 2019 (2019-07-28)5.46
After returning to Cornwall, the Enyses and the Poldarks hope to keep Ned Despard on a low profile by having him work at Ross's mine. His wife Kitty, though, is not universally accepted by Cornish people, and an incident induces Caroline to plan a party in which she's to be the guest of honor. However, the party doesn't go as planned when Caroline invites Lady Whitworth, who brings along Mr Hanson. A rockfall occurs in one of the Warleggan mines, but George being otherwise engaged, the matter is secretly taken into hand by Ross and Ned, with the help of Dwight, Geoffrey Charles, the Carne brothers and Zacky Martin. They manage to get all the miners out, but not all alive. Ned Despard's hectic and reckless behaviour and Ross's response to it leaves Demelza and Kitty asking themselves if one will not drag the other down with him if he falls. Ross secures a loan from George's uncle for Geoffrey Charles's first year at the military Academy.
394"Episode 4"Justin MolotnikovDebbie Horsfield4 August 2019 (2019-08-04)5.44
Ross is given hope for the Despards' return to Honduras but finds his new nemesis Ralph Hanson has returned to Truro. Demelza continues to help the community help itself, and Dwight gains unexpected patients but his absences from home have unforeseen consequences. Morwenna, still struggling with the loss of her son, starts to secretly slip away from the village, leaving Drake to wonder where she goes. Sam and Rosina become close as Rosina starts to lend a hand with the school, Geoffrey Charles and Cecily continue meeting in secret but discovering the nature of Ralph and Cary's business plan leaves them in turmoil. Meanwhile, Ralph enlists some help from Tess, and disgruntled locals to set a plot in motion to undo the Despards and the Poldarks in turn.
405"Episode 5"Justin MolotnikovDebbie Horsfield11 August 2019 (2019-08-11)5.51
Ross returns to London with the Despards and Enyses in the hope of securing Ned and Kitty’s return to Honduras at last. When the banks start issuing paper notes instead of gold, Demelza finds herself thrown into uncharted waters with her workers and the locals, which Tess and Jacka take advantage of. Morwenna tackles the grief of being parted from her son, and Drake goes to extreme lengths to ease her suffering. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Charles makes plain his intent to marry Cecily, landing them both in trouble. George gives his maiden speech in parliament, lending support to the slavery underpinning his new business venture with Hanson. Ross must take a stand against him, but Ned’s headstrong nature works against them both. As George conspires once again against his old enemy, his allies enact a plan to destroy their opposition for good.
416"Episode 6"Justin MolotnikovDebbie Horsfield18 August 2019 (2019-08-18)5.41
Ross throws himself into fighting for Ned’s liberty as George prepares to marry Cecily and finalise his deal with Hanson and Merceron. Geoffrey Charles is forced to make a desperate plan to elope with Cecily before the wedding, and Demelza uncovers a theft at the mine. While Drake and Morwenna enjoy wedded bliss at last, Sam’s growing attachment to Rosina comes under threat by Tess’s claim to seek a purer life. With Ned’s trial looming heavy and the odds stacked against them, Ross pleads for Dwight’s help in a daring attempt to save his friend.
427"Episode 7"Sallie AprahamianDebbie Horsfield25 August 2019 (2019-08-25)5.46
Demelza discovers the French are smuggling arms into Cornwall, but Ross is determined to take vengeance on Merceron and Hanson for framing Ned and returns to London to confront them. The Enyses follow, and Caroline must put her insecurities aside to support Kitty in her battle against Merceron, drawing perilous attention to herself in turn. Sam continues to meet with Tess against all caution as Cecily and Geoffrey Charles plan their escape with Ross's help, but the danger that stalks the Poldarks follows swiftly.
438"Episode 8"Sallie AprahamianDebbie Horsfield26 August 2019 (2019-08-26)5.32
Several months have passed as Ross gets in deeper with the French invasion force as they prepare to welcome their leader, General Toussaint. However, Ross's belief in the need for secrecy revives old insecurities and risks his friends, his marriage and his life. Meanwhile, Morwenna and Drake are ready to welcome their baby, and George stumbles on the means to undo Ross once and for all with the help of Merceron and Hanson. With their lives are on the line, Ross and his friends must launch their most daring plan yet, to save themselves and the country from enemies both at home and abroad.


The series was one of the final commissions by former BBC One controller Danny Cohen.[11][12][13] Filming began in Cornwall and Bristol in April 2014.[14][15][16][17] The production company is Mammoth Screen.[18] The production base for each series was The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol, England, where purpose-built sets for Poldark's home 'Nampara' and The Red Lion pub have been located since series 1. For series 4, 18 sets were built across 3 studios at The Bottle Yard Studios, including five composite houses (Poldark in Cornwall and London, the Warleggans in Cornwall and London and the Whitworth Vicarage) and a period-correct scale replica of the House of Commons. Production offices, construction, prop workshops and extensive costume department were also based at the Studios.

Filming locations include the north Cornwall coast at St Agnes Head, which represents the 'Nampara Valley', and the Botallack Mine near St Just in Penwith, which is featured as 'Wheal Leisure', the mine that Ross Poldark attempts to resurrect. The beach of Church Cove, Gunwalloe on the Lizard Peninsula was used as a location for a shipwreck scene.[19] Town scenes were filmed at Corsham in Wiltshire.[20] and in Frome, Somerset. The underground scenes were filmed at Poldark Mine in Cornwall. Some interior scenes were shot at Prior Park College in Bath, Somerset.[21] Charlestown near St Austell stood in for the city of Truro. Other film locations include Porthgwarra on the St Aubyn Estates, Porthcothan beach near Newquay, Bodmin Moor, St Breward, the coast between Botallack and Levant, cliffs in the Padstow area, Porthcothan near Newquay, Holywell Bay, Porthcurno, Kynance Cove, Predannack Wollas on The Lizard and Park Head near Porthcothan, all in Cornwall.[22] Filming of Series 4 was reported in Wells, Somerset.[23] Series 5, to be aired in 2019, is expected to use the same locations but has added several new cast members. Their names have been announced but their roles have not; the screenwriter for Series 4 will write Series 5.[7]


In the United States, the series began to be broadcast in June 2015 on PBS, shown as part of the series Masterpiece.[24][25]Poldark commenced screening on ABC TV in Australia on 12 April 2015, and in New Zealand on 22 April 2015 on Prime.[citation needed] The series has also been airing since 2015 on the UK-based Persian language satellite television network Manoto 1 which beams into different areas in Europe and the Middle East for Persian speakers.[26] It was shown on SVT in Sweden, the first series in autumn 2015, and the second series in spring 2017. On YLE in Finland, the first and second series aired from October 2016 to February 2017. The series was shown on NRK in Norway, starting in September 2015.[27] In early 2018 Poldark Series 1 was also broadcast on Dutch public television NPO KRO-NCRV. In the autumn and early summer of 2019, Series 2 aired on Saturday evenings.


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  13. ^ Kanter, Jake (9 May 2013). "Cohen signs off with Poldark". Broadcast. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
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  15. ^ Deen, Sarah (28 February 2014). "The Hobbit and Being Human star Aidan Turner joins BBC remake of Poldark". Metro. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
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