Tuesday 22 August 2017

Poldark will be back on TV sooner than expected

Poldark star Aidan Turner (BBC/PA)
Poldark star Aidan Turner (BBC/PA)
It seems viewers can't get enough of Aidan Turner in Poldark (BBC/PA)
Aidan Turner during filming for Poldark

Sasha Brady

Poldark fans won't have to wait to long to catch the third series of the BBC drama as it returns to TV screens sooner than expected.

The second season of the Aidan Turner period drama was first broadcast in the autumn.

However, fans of the show won't have to wait that long for the third series as it gets a summer release date.

The popular drama will start on BBC One in June, although a specific release date has yet to be announced.

Aidan Turner stars as Poldark in the popular BBC drama
Aidan Turner stars as Poldark in the popular BBC drama

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed the news to the Radio Times: “The earlier filming schedule on this series means that we can bring the much anticipated third series back sooner for fans to Sunday nights in June.”

The third series will play over nine episodes and filming has been underway since September.

Aidan Turner during filming for Poldark
Aidan Turner during filming for Poldark

Eleanor Tomlinson will return as Demelza, and three new characters will be introduced - played by Doctor Thorne star Harry Richardson, Tom York of Olympus fame and New Blood's Ellise Chappell.

York and Richardson will play Demelza's brothers, Drake and Sam, while Chappell will star as Morwenna, cousin to the character Elizabeth Poldark, played by Heida Reed.

The series is produced by Mammoth Screen, and writer Debbie Horsfield has penned nine new episodes of the 18th century Cornish drama, which is based on the books by Winston Graham.

Horsfield said: "We're thrilled to be kicking off Series 3 with a fantastic array of new characters and a story which scales new heights of conflict, feuding, passion and drama.

"Ross is older but not necessarily wiser, and his recklessness sometimes costs him, and his loved ones, dear. We're in for a rollercoaster ride where the stakes have never been higher."

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