Poldark: We HAD to make Aidan Turner go topless
The makers of Poldark claim they had to allow Aidan Turner to take his top off, to keep things true to the original novel
The makers of Poldark have insisted they had to make Aidan Turner remove his top for key scenes in the period drama, in order to keep it true to the book.
Damien Timmer, one of the BBC show’s executive producers, said the memorable scenes were “pretty innocent”, and merely recreated the storyline laid out by author Winston Graham.
“Aidan has that integrity in the way he plays Ross, he commits to it so completely, he is Ross in all of his complex brooding,” he told the Radio Times.
When asked about the actor’s regular “shirtlessness”, he added: “Honestly, we were pretty innocent about the shirt taking-off stuff.
“No, really, Ross does it in the book, he goes swimming, he washes himself clean. And he’s a farmer, and it’s very hot in Cornwall! Besides, we didn’t audition him with his clothes off.”
His comments came after viewers complained about Sunday night's penultimate episode in the BBC1 series, because Turner kept all his clothes on.
One wrote on Twitter: "I miss half naked Aidan Turner."
Irish heartthrob Turner said of his new found fame: "I think I could easily get addicted to Googling myself if I did start doing it, so I just stay out of that entirely. It's better not to know, sometimes."
Ross just kept his shirt on for a whole episode of #Poldark I suspect a BBC editor will be looking for a new job tomorrow...— Paul Hewes (@hewesyp) April 19, 2015
He said of living in Dublin: "It's fairly calm and relaxed, there's no mania. Not that I can see."
Turner, who also enjoyed a role in The Hobbit, came to attention in Being Human on BBC3 and he said that if the BBC's plans for the channel to go online had been in place at the time, he would not have the career he does today.
"Being Human was a very big gig for me - I know (Hobbit director) Peter Jackson was aware of the show - and if that hadn't happened then maybe other things wouldn't have happened afterwards," he said.
Timmer said that the chemistry between Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays his kitchen maid turned wife Demelza, delighted the show's executive producers.
"(We were) digging each other in the ribs because it was just better than we ever thought it would be," he said.
"Aidan has that integrity in the way he plays Ross, he commits to it so completely, he is Ross in all of his complex brooding."
Filming begins in September on the second series of the Cornish saga, which has pulled in an average audience of more than 8 million.
Debbie Horsfield, who has already written five episodes of the new instalment, hinted about the next series: "Ross is reckless and forever getting stuck in, without being a crusading character, but he can't bear to see unfairness and inequality even when there's nothing in it for him.
"So he brings himself to the brink of disaster, and Demelza, a forceful and powerful character in her own right, is taken along with him."
The drama, based on the novels of Winston Graham, was originally made for TV in the 1970s when it attracted audiences of 15 million and the remake has helped BBC1 to its highest share of an audience in a decade.