The BBC is committing to Aidan Turner’s Poldark.
BBC One has renewed the hit series, which is a reboot of the 1970s series of the same name, for a second season, TVWise has learned. It is understood that eight episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season, matching the size of the order for the first season.
Penned by Debbie Horsfield, 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.
Based on the series of novels by Winston Graham and the 1970s television series, the drama series is produced by Mammoth Screen and stars Aidan Turner (Being Human), Phil Davis (Whitechapel), Jack Farthing (Blandings), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina), Warren Clarke (Red Riding), Beatie Edney (Poirot), Alexander Arnold (Skins), Robert Daws (Holby), Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen), Ruby Bentall (The Paradise) and Heida Reed (Silent Witness).
The second season renewal, which was announced by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore, comes after only four episodes of Poldark has aired. Since its launch last month, the series has been a strong ratings performer, helping BBC One to achieve its best rated first quarter in close to a decade. Thus far Poldark has been achieving a consolidated audience of 8.1 million viewers.
“Sunday’s night new phenomenon Poldark that has captured the nations’ hearts has been commissioned for a second series”, Charlotte Moore said in a statement. “Aidan Turner will return as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in a new eight-part series written by Debbie Horsfield that will cover books three and four of Winston Graham’s series.”