Sunday night mainly consists of being snuggled on the sofa in front of the telly after a mad weekend of partying, or if you are a third year like me a weekend spent hibernating in the library (cue the violins). But for a while there has been nothing of interest on. Channel 4 brought out Indian Summers but I fell asleep during the first half an hour so thought little of it. I have always loved a good period drama as well. My first crush hands down was Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  But ever since the void has not been filled, I fleetingly watched Downton Abbey but wasn’t that enamoured by it. What we need I thought is a gripping period drama, and as if by magic the BBC answered my prayers with Poldark.

The title may lead to you to think it is a tad boring but as a wise woman once said ‘never judge a book by its cover’ and this adaptation of Winston Graham’s book is anything but boring. Let me give you a little synopsis of the plot-line to ease you in ahem:

After fighting in the American war of independence Ross Poldark (played by the mighty-fine Aidan Turner) returns back to Cornwall to find that his father has died. And to make matters worse his sweetheart is engaged to his cousin, poor fella. So Poldark broods and stares a lot into the distance, as he continues to brood he rides horses in tight fitting trousers and takes his top off, yep you’ve guessed it, whilst brooding! Blimey, all that frowning will give him wrinkles he best pop down to Boots.

But have no fear for all is not lost, because he acquires a maid called Demelza who is played by Eleanor Tomlinson (Jas from Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging) and they brood together, and so the question of will they won’t they arises.


Aidan Turner is not the only good looking thing in Poldark. The locations which they used whilst filming the show are breathtaking, and it makes you realise just how beautiful the coastline of Britain is, which is easy to forget when you are living in Leicester!

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If you are looking for a new period drama, or just a good bit of Sunday night telly then I urge you to catch up on BBC iPlayer it will have you gripped from start to finish. 9pm, BBC 1, Sunday night… thank me later!

Eleanor Woulfe


Header image: http://makingitsafetotalk.com/2015/03/22/the-cannon-fodder-and-the-aristocracy/