BBC (ended 1977)


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Welcome to the Poldark guide at TV.com. This old British show from the 1970s is a period piece based on Winston Graham's historical novels of 18th century Cornwall. Our hero is an unusual English gentleman called Captain Ross Poldark, who comes home from the War of American Independence to find his sweetheart Elizabeth about to marry his cousin Francis Poldark. Ross sinks into a deep depression. Short of money, he tries mining and other enterprises to make his fortune, nearly always having to fight the upstart George Warleggan - an old enemy who also has designs on Elizabeth. But the big love story of the series is unexpected. While Ross is pining for Elizabeth, he rescues an urchin called Demelza from her dreadful family, and she falls in love with him. Ross only slowly comes to see Demelza as a possible mate. The drama is all played out amid the dramatic scenery of the Cornish coast-line, where smugglers, ship-wreckers, tin-miners and swindlers of various kinds ply their trades. All twenty-nine episodes are now available on DVD.moreless
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  • British drama of intrigue and suspense on the Cornish coast

    A classic 1970s drama from the United Kingdom, 'Poldark' takes Winston Graham's romantic novels and turns them into a potboiler of a series with romance, jealousy, smuggling, murder, rivalries, and a brooding Robin Ellis as leading man Ross Poldark, who comes back from the army to find his life turned upside down and the world a changing place. A tight costume drama with beautiful scenery, 'Poldark' really does deserve the label of classic, even if some of the scenery is showing its age now and the acting is a little ham at times. For fans of Catherine Cookson and of mysteries at sea, this should be perfect television viewing.moreless
  • Wonderful

    Poldark came to the US on Sunday Night’s Masterpiece Theater. Poldark was one many classics to come from the writer Winston Graham. It follows the life of Ross Poldark who just returns to Cornwall, England after fighting in the Revolutionary War. He returns home to find his father dead and the estate in ruin. He also finds the women he was in love with, married. Through all this Ross must survive and rebuild his home, and life. Robin Ellis gives an amazing performance along with the rest of the cast. It is the well-written and directed stories that keep you wanting more. This story has just about everything in it. There’s romance, drama, jealousy, history, smugglers, shipwrecks, and adultery.moreless

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British TV, 70s, Historical, Love & Romance