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Poldark - Season 2 - Press Release, Promos + USA/UK Premiere Dates *Updated 24th August 2016*

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Starts on the 4th September in the UK, 25th September in the US

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson are back on BBC One this September 4 at 9pm with a second series of the hugely popular Cornish saga Poldark, adapted from Winston Graham's Poldark series.
The debut series peaked with 9.4 million viewers across TV and iPlayer, generating phenomenal media interest and devotion from viewers which culminated in it winning the Radio Times Audience Award at this year’s Baftas.

Turner returns as hero Ross Poldark and Tomlinson as his wife Demelza. This series introduces other key characters including John Nettles (Midsomer Murders) as Ray Penvenen, one of the county's wealthiest landowners, and Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love) as his niece Caroline Penvenen, a beautiful and manipulative heiress. Hugh Skinner (W1A) plays Unwin Trevaunance, a prospective MP who hopes that Caroline (and her fortune) will consent to marry him. But does Caroline's heart lie elsewhere?

Also back for the second series are Heida Reed as Elizabeth, Kyle Soller as Francis, Ruby Bentall as Verity, Jack Farthing as George Warleggan and Luke Norris as Dr Dwight Enys. Beatie Edney and Phil Davis return as Jud Paynter and his wife Prudie and Robin Ellis reprises his role as the Reverend Halse.

1790 and there is riot and revolution in the air. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) must fight for his freedom when George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) tries to have him hanged as a revolutionary. While Francis (Kyle Soller) and Elizabeth (Heida Reed) watch on in horror, can Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) save Ross from himself?

Crippled by debts, Ross and Francis try to heal old wounds by joining forces in a new mine free of the Warleggans. Ross and Elizabeth are thrown together by unforeseen circumstances, and Ross risks everything in a desperate smuggling venture. Meanwhile, the fate of the Poldarks is tied to Dr Dwight Enys (Luke Norris) and young heiress Caroline Penvenen (Gabriella Wilde) in unexpected ways.

The Poldark clan must learn to settle their differences once and for all, but at what cost?

Writer Debbie Horsfield hints at what the new series has in store: "The stakes are higher, the rivalries keener and characters go to greater lengths to get what they want. Ross continues to be a man of action, with his usual recklessness and headstrong risk-taking, but Demelza is no less proactive, often stepping in to save the day when Ross has overstepped the mark."

Executive producer Karen Thrussell continues: "Series two feels darker both in tone and content. Ross starts the series with the threat of the hangman's noose and makes some risky decisions that threaten his and Demelza’s way of life at Nampara.

"Once again, Debbie Horsfield’s unique talent has combined exciting dramatic events with exquisite character development. We cover book three, and half of book four, from Winston Graham’s Poldark saga in series two and the content is so explosive that we needed to expand the run to 10 episodes.

"We shot this series throughout the autumn and winter months which created a very different look and feel for the drama, and some dramas of its own - especially when storms hit our set on the rugged Cornish coast and filming had to be suspended for a day.

"Our cast from series one returned to filming elated by the fantastic response we had for the first series and are joined by a rich array of new characters, played by John Nettles, Gabriella Wilde and Hugh Skinner, who each bring their own twists to the plot."

Poldark is filmed on location in Cornwall and the Bristol area and at The Bottle Yard Studios.

A third series will go into production this autumn.

Based on the novels by Winston Graham, POLDARK is a 10-part series written and created for television by Debbie Horsfield , (Cutting It, The Riff Raff Element) and directed by Will Sinclair (Vera, Misfits), Charles Palmer (Death in Paradise, Lark Rise to Candleford) and Richard Senior (Doctor Who, Our Girl). It is produced by Margaret Mitchell (Vera, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Poirot) and the executive producers are Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.


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