Television Review: Poldark, Series 4


Programme: Poldark, series 4

Company: BBC

Date: 2018

Synopsis: 1796: To defend Cornwall and those he loves from an empowered George, Ross must learn to play the political game on a journey that takes him to the nation’s capital. While Demelza manages the Poldark’s affairs at home, Elizabeth moves to further secure her marriage but Drake struggles in resigning Morwenna to life with Osborne, and the Enyses are tested as never before.

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Television Review: Poldark, Series 3


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Amazon Synopsis: 1794: War and the revolution in France hang over Britain.

In Cornwall, George Warleggan grows his empire with a view to crush the Poldarks while Ross and Demelza attempt to keep the peace and repair their relationship at Nampara. However, the arrival of Demelza’s brothers disturbs the fragile truce and Ross must ask himself how long he can allow George’s ascent to continue unchecked…

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Television Review: Poldark, Series 2


Poldark 1Series 2 of Poldark opens with Ross facing justice for looting and inciting a riot. If George Warlaggen has his way, it will be the hangman’s noose for him.

But the ex-soldier has faced tougher spots and lives to fight another day. But there is no end to the fighting for Ross: a failing mine, destroyed family relationships, grief and a wife who wants nothing to do with him are all trials he must overcome.

Ross is not the only one who must confront pain. Demelza questions her husband’s loyalty while Francis debates if his life is even worth living.

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Poldark Series 1 Review

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Set in 1970’s Cornwall, Poldark tells the story of a young man returning home from war to find everything he holds dear has been taken from him. His father is dead and the lands that should have been his inheritance have fallen into ruin. The woman he loved is engaged to his cousin, a weak man who is incapable of standing up and being the head of the family. Ross must find a way of turning his fortune around for tenants are relying on him.

The show takes place over a few years. The quick time change between the episodes left some moments feeling rushed and ideas that could have been explored at a more leisurely pace were cut short as months had passed between the episodes. The best episode by far was when two took place back to back in their timings and there felt to be a lot more development and depth to the characters as you witnessed how they adapt rather than just taking it for granted.

Despite the fast pace, the character development is extreme. Demelza rises from a scrappy child in the street to a lady, one prepared to do whatever it takes. Verity finds her heart and won’t be put down again. Elizabeth goes from being just Frances’ wife and Ross’ initial love interest to a strong character in her own right. The men also develop. Unfortunately it is not always in the correct direction, as Ross gets angrier and Frances more foolish as the series develops. However, all development feels realistic and it is refreshing seeing characters coming into their own during a series, even if it is only eight episodes long.

The setting is as much of a character as the people.
The setting is as much of a character as the people.

The acting by Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson was extraordinary. Turner has a talent for pulling off the dark and brooding look, perfect for Ross’ character. He is able to portray the hardships the character is going through with just a dark look, his acting therefore subtle but powerful. Tomlinson is more expressive through her character’s innocence and determination to see the goodness in everything. The level of emotion she too can display, however, shows it is not only the singing and the smiles she can portray realistically.

The setting is as much of a characters as the people. With stunning visuals being provided by the cliffs, sunsets, sea and fields, there is true beauty on the screen at times during the series. And I’m not just talking about Aidan Turner shirtless in a field bathed in the soft golden glow of a sunset ploughing a field. But if there is any incentive to watch because of the visuals, that would be it.

While there were weak episodes along the way (and considering it is only eight episodes long, that made them more obvious than in a longer series), there was a real sense of charm to the show. You feel for the characters and you genuinely want them to come out on top because of how hard they are striving. I for one am looking forward to series two.