This time around The Hobbit and Being Human star Aidan Turner is taking on the role of Ross Poldark, opposite The White Queen’s Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza. Several other familiar faces, including Blandings’ Jack Farthing and Whitechapel’s Phil Davies are also part of the sprawling cast. Set in 1793, the drama follows the story of a brooding British officer returning from the American Revolutionary War who finds his home life much changed with his father dead, the family mine closed and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin.
Filming on the new Poldark began in April across Cornwall and Bristol, and thankfully several official outlets have been tweeting some sneak peek photos over the course of the summer on how things are getting along.
Have a look at some of the most interesting snaps below. And since what everyone’s clearly waiting for is a look at Turner in period dress – yes, that’s there too.
The official first photo of the brand new Poldark:
And here’s the first photo that features Poldark and Demelza – with Turner and Tomlinson looking appropriately swoony on the cliffs of Cornwall. Does this scream period drama dream or what? Such a gorgeous photo.
A gratuitous shot of Turner dressed as Poldark, posing on set alongside cute dog. You can’t ask for much more than that, right?
Another first look: Luke Norris has been cast as Ross’s best friend, Dwight Ennis.
Turner celebrated his birthday last month during filming. At least he got a cake to go with the 18th century dress.
Longtime Poldark fans will be pleased that original star Ellis also has a role in this new remake, as Reverend Halse. The best kind of meta symmetry, if you ask me – and thankfully someone caught a photo of the two Poldarks together for us.
Blandings actor Jack Farthing as George Warleggan:
The wonderful Jack Farthing in Poldark. pic.twitter.com/axdruJQvUz— Nick Kenyon (@Njkfoto) June 10, 2014
Lark Rise to Candleford’s Ruby Bentall as Verity Poldark
Heida Reid, whom you may recognize from a few small parts in DCI Banks and Silent Witness, is playing Elizabeth Chenoweth (and has a pretty awesome dress here).
The cast sure does look like they’re having a blast though, huh?
Okay, fine, one last photo of Turner in the costume:
Are you looking forward to the new Poldark?