Tuesday 25 July 2017

'A whole hour and no topless scenes' – Poldark fans furious after latest episode ends without Aidan Turner taking his top off

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark. Photo: Robert Viglasky/BBC/PA Wire
Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark. Photo: Robert Viglasky/BBC/PA Wire
A bare-chested Turner in the ‘Poldark’ season two opener
Poldark star Aidan Turner (BBC/PA)

Rupert Hawksley

Fans of BBC One drama Poldark were left furious last night after an hour-long episode came and went without Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) taking his top off.

There was courtroom drama and, as Tepegraph critic Gerard O'Donovan wrote in his review, "a fight not only for his [Poldark's] life but for the very soul of British justice".  

Well, yes, but what about the pecs?  

One viewer branded the episode "complete chaos" on Twitter, while another wrote: "No nudity in Poldark. This isn't what I pay my license fee for."

Poldark star Aidan Turner (BBC/PA)
Poldark star Aidan Turner (BBC/PA)

Another Twitter user even claimed that she "would have watched Victoria [on ITV] instead", had she known that Poldark kept his clothes on.

This disappointment at the lack of nudity comes as cast member Caroline Blakiston, who plays Aunty Agatha, criticised BBC bosses for over-doing the sex scenes. 

"I know the viewers like to look at the sex scenes but I know I don't," the 83-year-old told The Sun. "I don't want to look to look at people having sex.

"I did take my clothes off for a movie with John Schlesinger but it is not what I want to watch. Maybe it is because I am an old lady."

A bare-chested Turner in the ‘Poldark’ season two opener
A bare-chested Turner in the ‘Poldark’ season two opener

And so the argument over whether or not it's okay to gawp at Turner's chiseled abs rumbles on. Is it objectification?Would our response be any different if Poldark was a woman? Has no-one got anything better to talk about? Countless column inches were dedicated last year to these questions – and we don't appear to be any closer to resolving them.

Read more: Poldark mania: should we all stop ogling Aidan Turner's chest?

Stylist asked "Is it okay to objectify Poldark?" and concluded "People can chatter about the equality of objectification all they want but until we see the female equivalent of unconventional lookers like Cumberbatch, Eccleston and Freeman on our screens, so highly-praised for their acting that they've become sex symbols almost as default, that's what we ought to be looking to change."

Radio Times claimed "Women have always loved a tortured romantic hero, someone who’s damaged and whom we think we can change", and decided "the fact that Turner looks as tasty as a glacé cherry-topped knickerbocker glory is just a delightful bonus."

And Huffington Post left readers in no doubt with their piece, headlined "I'm Objectifying Aidan Turner and I Am Not Sorry".

Even Turner does not feel undermined by all this attention on his body. In a recent interview with The Times, the 33-year-old said: "I don't feel objectified, it's funny... It's just a couple of people admiring your body."

Yes, Blakiston appears to be a lone voice on this one. As these tweets show, an evening in front of Poldark is still very much the Turner prize


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