Poldark is a BBC television series based on the novels written by Winston Graham which was first transmitted in the UK between 1975 and 1977. It is one of the most successful British television adaptations of all time.
The romantic saga follows Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis) as he loses his fiancée, the beautiful and well-mannered Elizabeth, to his cousin Francis. Ross ends up marrying his servant Demelza, but he is always torn between the two women from very different social backgrounds. Set in late 18th century Cornwall, the plot follows Ross Poldark's attempts to make his ruined tin mines a success. Life is tough, smuggling is rife and Ross Poldark finds himself taking the side of the underprivileged against the merciless behaviour of his enemies, the greedy Warleggan clan. Although the emphasis is primarily on Ross and Demelza, there are many other characters with their own stories.
In February 2014, the BBC announced a new adaptation of the series, Poldark, due for broadcast this year and starring Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark.
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