Lily Dodsworth Evans (Genius), Kerri McLean (Electric Dreams), Sofia Oxenham (Grantchester), Vincent Regan (300), Peter Sullivan (Entebbe) and Freddie Wise (Maleficent 2) have joined the cast of BBC One’s Poldark for its fifth and final season.
Details of the characters they will be playing are being kept firmly under wraps. They join a returning cast that is led by Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson and also includes Jack Farthing, Luke Norris, Gabriella Wilde, Ellise Chappell, Harry Richardson, Tom York, and Beatie Edney.
Poldark is based on the series of novels by Winston Graham and was developed for television by Debbie Horsfield. It is produced by the ITV owned indie Mammoth Screen, with Michael Ray serving as the series producer. Sallie Aprahamian (Doctor Who) and Justin Molotnikov (Stan Lee’s Lucky Man) are attached to direct. In addition to serving as series creator/lead writer, Horsfield also serves as an executive producer alongside Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC. Filming gets underway this week in Cornwall, Bristol and surrounding areas ahead of a 2019 premiere.
While season four was based on the seventh novel, season five explores the “gap years” mentioned in the eighth novel. “In The Stranger from the Sea” Winston Graham made many references to developments that happened in the “gap” years. Much can also be inferred”, Debbie Horsfield said. “There are, of course, also historical events and people of the time, both in Cornwall and in London. Series five will draw on all of these to follow the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes in this intervening period.”
In the show’s final season, it is a new century and with it comes the promise of a hopeful future, but the past casts a long shadow over Cornwall. Following the death of Elizabeth, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) resolves to put Westminster behind him and spend more time with the people he loves. However, when an old friend emerges with a plea for help, Ross is compelled to challenge the establishment again. As the Enyses (Luke Norris and Gabriella Wilde) rally to join the cause, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) must contend with dangers close to home, while George (Jack Farthing) courts corrupt powers whose influence spans the Empire.
“At Mammoth we’re all fans of the Poldark books and we hope our audience will continue with us on the next stage of the journey”, added Karen Thrussell, Executive Producer for Mammoth Screen. “We are confident that fans of the novels will appreciate the care with which Debbie Horsfield is continuing to adapt Winston Graham’s saga. This will be the last series in the Poldark chronicle…for now. Who knows what the future may bring.”
While Andrew Graham, son of Poldark author Winston Graham and series consultant on behalf of the Winston Graham Estate, added: “No-one can know what my father would have felt about the forthcoming series, let alone what he might have written. However, Debbie Horsfield has demonstrated such an extraordinary affinity with his work and shown such remarkable skill in bringing his Poldark characters to the screen that we know we are in safe hands. Indeed, without her, the Estate would not have agreed to series five in this form.”