Aidan Turner Cast As Lead In BBC One’s ‘Poldark’ Reboot

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The Hobbit and Being Human alum Aidan Turner is to topline BBC One’s Poldark reboot, TVWise has learned.

Turner is to portray Ross Poldark in the BBC’s Poldark reboot, which was adapted by Debbie Horsfield. The character is described as a man of contradictions with a strong sense of social justice but a contempt for authority. Production on the six episode series is set to commence this April in Cornwall and Bristol, with BBC One eyeing a 2015 premiere.

“I’m very excited to play Ross Poldark for the BBC and it’s obviously a huge challenge to honour the extraordinary character Winston Graham created and who Debbie Horsfield has brought new life to”, said Aidan Turner. “But there’s a terrific team coming together and the scripts are superb, so I can’t wait to get started.”

Based on the 1970s series and the novels which formed the basis of that series, Poldark is set in late 18th century Cornwall when Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape. Mammoth Screen is producing with Polly Hill, Debbie Horsfield, Rebecca Keane, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer serving as executive producers.