Poldark – you CAN’T miss it!

I don’t know if anyone’s been watching the re-run of Poldark on UKTV History channel but if they haven’t then they are missing a rare treat.

Poldark Titles

Poldark Titles

It was originally aired in 1975 and had a huge following. (I’ll forget the fact that there was only three channels, no DVD, no satellite, no ipod, no playstation, no nothing really.) And accept that it was so massively watched because it was damn good.

For anyone not aware it is a good old romp through Cornish history revolving round copper mining but including much of what else went on historically along the way. Set in the late 1700’s it features the main character of Ross Poldark (played by the excellent Robin Ellis.) Recently arrived back from the American wars to claim back his inheritance and his beloved.
Of course it all goes a bit south (not much further south, we are in Cornwall after all.)

Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis)

Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis)

This of course is where the fun starts. Think of Dallas in costume (with the wind, without the sunny weather.)
Think of Dynasty without the glam, think of Eastenders with a Cornish accent. Think of Hollyoaks, no don’t think of Hollyoaks.

It’s all there and in bucketfuls. Or should I say shovel fulls, this is a mining tale you know.

I won’t give to much away about the story, but if you’re interested have a look. It won’t take long to catch up and it’s well worth it for the breath of fresh air that the brisk sea breeze brings. Just make sure you’re not down wind of the locals. They can afford to drink rum, not so much buy soap by the looks of it.

I think some of the characters are great. Demelza played by Angharad Rees is feisty, spirited and way to old for the part at the beginning of the series. She was meant to be sixteen-ish, a very big ish.
The statutory baddy George Warleggan played by Ralph Bates is an evil treasure.

And you have to admire the language, “You little moxy!”  ,   “I demand satisfaction!

You don’t get that down Albert Square.

The pictures were taken from my telly. It’s not HD quality stuff but I think it gives a grainy, historical feel to this grainy, historical drama. (Okay I’m just being cheap and quick but ‘no ye never mind capt.’ )

From a mercenary point of view I’m still hoping to get a glimpse of an old Ford Escort or Hillman Imp parked round the back of an’ ol’ stone barn that’s sneaked into shot but until now I’ve been disappointed. But I shall keep looking.

I love this programme. I maybe coming back to it in future posts … You have been warned!

Buy the series from Amazon on glorious DVD

Buy the books by Winston Graham (the adaption is based on his Poldark books, kind of, well not too kind really.)

Poldark tries to beat them at their own game

Poldark tries to beat them at their own game

Comments

  1. I watched the first series of Poldark when the BBC repeated it on a weekday afternoon back in the late 80s/early 90s and it was very good. Then, for some odd reason only known to some red braces prat at the BBC, they decided they wouldn’t bother repeating the 2nd series. They’re a strange beast at the BBC; they repeat 70s sitcoms such as The Good Life, Porridge and Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (which contrary to popular belief is NOT the classic some people would tell you – it’s a story about a pillock whom noone, particularly someone like michelle dotrice, would go within half a mile of – he’s too bloody stupid to be endearing!)ad nauseum, yet ignore the various classic drama serials it’s made over the years. I can understand why they don’t repeat a contemporary serial like Doomwatch – too many flares and kipper ties – but what’s wrong with the historical dramas like Colditz or the Six Wives of Henry VIII? yes, they’re a bit studio bound, but it’s still good qualty drama. They could re-run it on BBC3 instead of the million and one episodes of two pints of lager and a packet of crisps b******s that seems to have been showing continuously on that channel for the past 5 years.

  2. Why have you cut my b******s off? 🙂

  3. Because I can!

  4. Poldark unforgetable !!!Impossible to ever repit
    1975 BBC Poldark-
    Robin Ellis/Angharad Rees could never be replaced as
    Ross and Demelza in spite all tries and remakes.
    Its a Collection Master Piece to own and show to sons so on

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