Poldark is a British-American drama TV series created by Debbie Horsfield for BBC One. Located in the 18th century Great Britain, Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, is a nobleman who avoids social convention. Ross’s warmth and ability to see true humanity in people is in stark contrast to the insensitive class snobbery of many of his supposed and noble classmates. Poldark is at heart a romance, but avoids the label “corpino ripper” maintaining a well-founded approach to romantic storytelling mingling in a strong social commentary and ironic humor. There is a wonderful balance in how this has been adapted, perhaps due to male and female influences. The original author of the books, the late Winston Graham, and Debbie Horsfield, who wrote the script, seem to collaborate to create a moving story that has us fully compatible with Ross’s plight when he returns to Cornwall, still recovering from his wounds. The fight The war in America, only to find their situation in rags in more than one way. Aidan’s portrait gives us a fascinating Ross that is warmer and easier to like than he is in books, the first in the 12-book saga that was written 70 years ago. At the end of this first series, we care deeply about what happens to him and to all those close to him.
The villains are devilish, of course, excellently interpreted by their respective actors, whereas the love story between Ross and Demelza, interpreted wonderfully by Eleanor Tomlinson, is incredibly convincing. Her story is made even more captivating by her sad education by a father who mistreats her, but she is saved from all of that by Ross, apparently on a whim. It is one of the most enchanting aspects of the series that we see her progress from a penniless pimp to a young woman with at least some education and lots of common sense. The cast of Poldark are for a man and excellent women. Turner is exceptional as Poldark. As it is Eleanor Tomlinson, that offers a sometimes very amusing but also deeply moving action, like Demelza. The remaining cast, which is both UK and international, are also extremely talented and well adapted to their respective roles.