Aidan Turner gets shirtless on set for 'sexier' update of original Poldark series
Poldark star Aidan Turner gets the brush-off from a crew member in this behind-the-scenes shot from the BBC's latest costume drama.
Turner, who hails from Dublin, plays the title character in the remake of the classic series based on Winston Graham's Cornish saga.
The original version attracted audiences of 15 million when it was first broadcast by the BBC in the 1970s.
The new version, which goes out after the watershed at 9pm on Sunday, will again focus on the romance between the mysterious Poldark and servant girl Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson.
She admitted the new version was "probably sexier" than the original and some things have been changed for a modern audience.
"It's probably sexier than the original series, but it's certainly not (director) Lars von Trier. And I don't like the term 'bodice-ripper'. Poldark is classier than that," she said.
However, she added: "In the original Poldark novel, for example, Demelza is much younger when Poldark first takes her into his house - she's just 13 - that would jar in people's minds today."
Leading man Turner, who previously played a dwarf in the Hobbit films, said of his own "brooding" role, "I guess there are a few Timotei shampoo-advert moments with me shaking my wet hair."
Recently he also said, “When you’re doing love scenes, clothes tend to get discarded. You can’t really escape that, that’s got to be in the show.”