A sensation on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre, this spellbinding saga tells the story of the dashing Captain Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis, The Good Soldier) and his ever-changing fortunes. Based on the novels by Winston Graham, these two classic miniseries teem with daring deeds and romance, all set against the spectacular backdrop of the ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast.
In Series 1, a wounded Ross returns from the American Revolution after a brave escape from a French prison camp. He finds his father dead, the woman he loves engaged to another man, and a viperous businessman eager to drive his family from its land. Series 2 follows Ross through further tumultuous times, from saving his marriage to reclaiming his fortune as he attempts to defeat his predatory rival once and for all. 29 episodes, 8 DVDs, approx. 25 hours, SDH.
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Series 1 (Discs 1-4)
Returning to Cornwall after the American Revolution, Capt. Ross Poldark finds his life at home has fallen apart. His estate is in disarray. His former flame, Elizabeth, is engaged to his cousin. And his family’s copper mines have become targets for the Poldarks’ bitter rivals. Duels, smuggling, and attempted murders unfold as Ross strives to resurrect his fortunes and find true love. This spellbinding saga dramatizes the deep rifts in British society on the brink of industrialization, played out against the rocky, ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast.
Series 2 (Discs 5-8)
Capt. Ross Poldark returns in this acclaimed drama set against the spectacular backdrop of Cornwall and a time of upheaval in English history. Discharged from his regiment with marsh fever, Ross finds his home life in turmoil and relations with his wife, Demelza, often strained. The social order is in similar flux, with threats on all sidesfrom rioters and robbers, the hungry poor, and the ruthlessly ambitious George Warleggan, Ross’s sworn enemy. The second series also stars Jane Wymark, Kevin McNally, and Judy Geeson.
- "Getting the Part" by star Robin Ellis, excerpted from his book, Making Poldark
- Cast filmographies
- Historical background on Cornwall
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 25 hours
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 8
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
"Sweeping, swashbuckling, exotic" The Washington Post
"Raging ambition, terrible betrayals, frustrated loves, daring deeds, and a marvelously dashing hero" The New York Times
"Find yourself completely enraptured." San Francisco Chronicle
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Costume Design (1978)
BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Make Up (1978)
Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Special Musical Material (1978)
TP de Oro (Spain) Award Winner for Most Popular Personage (two awards, Robin Ellis) (1980)