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Poldark is a British drama set in late 18th century Cornwall about a Cornish man named Ross Poldark who is returning to his Cornish mine and home after spending three years in the British army to avoid charges of smuggling. He returns home from fighting in the American War of Independence to find that his father is dead, his estate in ruins and his sweetheart engaged to his cousin. He rescues a woman named Demelza from a beating, takes her on as a kitchen maid and attempts to regain control of his mines that are sought after by his greedy rival.

The eight-part series is based on the first two Poldark novels that were published by Winston Graham. There was also an earlier series that was based on the novels as well that aired between 1975 and 1977 on BBC One. The current series was featured on BBC in March and on PBS in the United States as part of the 2015 Masterpiece series in June. On April 8, BBC announced that will be a second series of the show; however an official air date has yet to be decided and announced at this time.

The series was filmed on the north Cornwall coast as well as the Botallack Mine, Church Cove, Corsham, Poldark Mine and Prior Park College. Botallack Mine was featured as Ross Poldark's mine while underground scenes were filmed inside Poldark Mine in Cornwall.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
2 Seasons, 18 Episodes
March 8, 2015
Drama
8.4/10
Cast: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing, Heida Reed
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Poldark Full Episode Guide

  • The wars tempt Ross and Dwight. An enraged mob threatens George and Elizabeth. Caroline and Dwight have a fateful reunion. Ross and Demelza confront their demons.

  • Demelza and Ross wage bitter war. Elizabeth delays her impending nuptials. Demelza toys with temptation. Ross’s good deed is repaid. Lady luck pays a visit.

  • Ross and Dwight stand trial for their part in the smuggling. A new tin lode gives Ross renewed hope in Wheal Grace, but it is George who is there for Elizabeth when her mother falls ill and deals Ross a bitter blow.

  • Caroline convinces Dwight they must elope for a new life in Bat, as Ross sails with Trencrom to meet with Mark Daniel. Caroline is forced to pull her plan forward but it is threatened when Rosina dislocates her knee again. Dwight believes he can treat her and still rendezvous with Caroline; however, he and Demelza become suspicious that Charlie Kempthorne is the informant when they learn he has avoided the smuggling run. Dwight confronts Charlie, and a fight ensues. Demelza realises Ross will be walking into an ambush and attempts to warn the boat, but McNeil and his soldiers arrive at Nampara, leaving her under guard. Dwight incapacitates Charlie and escapes as Caroline sneaks out of Killewarren to meet him. Dwight attempts to warn Ross but is too late. Will Ross find a way to evade the soldiers? Having paid men to harass Trenwith with the aim of driving Elizabeth to him for protection, George arrives at her home and posts his men to guard Elizabeth, who is both shocked and grateful for George's attention. Dwight is released by the soldiers, but finds Caroline has already returned to London

  • Ross tries to financially support Elizabeth in the wake of Francis's death, but George calls in Ross's debt. Demelza toils loyally to protect all at Nampara, and Dwight and Caroline continue to meet in secret.

  • An informant in the smuggling ring poses a serious threat to all. George buys Ross's debt to finally crush him. Caroline returns to Cornwall to make an announcement.

  • Needing money to open a mine free of George's influence, Ross strikes a deal with a local smuggler. Dwight, meanwhile, tries to diagnose an epidemic and receives help from an anonymous benefactor.

  • Ross and Demelza face financial ruin, and George plans revenge on Jud. Francis, meanwhile, tries to rebuild his life and extends an invitation to Ross and Demelza.

  • As the election leads to rioting, Elizabeth goes to Bodmin herself. Demelza tries to influence the case by making a personal appeal to the judge, but George has a number of tricks up his sleeve as the day of the trial arrives.

  • Ross prepares for his trial as Demelza and Elizabeth try to help his cause. George does everything in his power to harm Ross, Francis wrestles with his conscience, and Dwight clashes with an entitled heiress, Caroline Penvenen.

  • George expands the Warleggan empire, launching a new ship and bankrupting Carnmore. Ross blames Francis, but when Francis and Elizabeth fall sick with a life-threatening illness, Demelza risks her own life to save them.

  • Francis wrongly blames Ross for helping Verity elope with Andrew Blamey. Mark suspects Dwight and Keren of having an affair, starting a chain of events which will have tragic consequences and threatens the safety of everyone at Nampara.

  • With Jim gravely ill in Bodmin jail, Ross and Dwight launch a desperate mission to save him. Demelza is excited to attend a grand ball held by George, who is determined to ruin Ross and his smelting company.

  • Demelza gives birth and resolves to help Verity reconcile with Captain Blamey. Ross welcomes old friend Dr Dwight Enys to Cornwall. Francis' persistent gambling threatens the security of all he holds dear.

  • News of Ross and Demelza's marriage spreads through the community, damaging Wheal Leisure's prospects. Demelza is filled with anxiety when Francis and Elizabeth invite the newlyweds to spend Christmas at Trenwith.

  • Ross celebrates the opening of Wheal Leisure as rumours spread of a scandalous relationship between him and Demelza. Francis and Elizabeth celebrate the birth of their new son. Ross must fight to save his friend Jim, sparring in court with Reverend Halse.

  • Ross resolves to reopen his family mine with Francis. Demelza struggles to fit in at Nampara. Verity makes an unsuitable match, leading to a feud between Ross and Charles, which ends in a violent showdown.

  • Cornwall, 1783 - Ross Poldark returns from the battlefield to find his father dead, the estate in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin. On impulse, Ross rescues young urchin Demelza and resolves to forge a new life in the face of hostile forces.

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