Poldark also topped BBC1’s JK Rowling adaptation A Casual Vacancy, which it replaced in the Sunday night slot.
A Casual Vacancy began with 6.6 million viewers last month, ending its three-part run with 4.6 million.And here's a review of the first episode: "rugged and gorgeous – and that’s not just the coastline . . . ."
The other major star – also rugged and gorgeous – is the coastline along which Poldark gallops. Dorset’s dead to me since the second series of Broadchurch, even if the Jurassic coast was about the only thing that didn’t disappoint. It’s all about Cornwall now, though. And that’s something else that’s much better here than in the Spanish-dubbed 1970s, when, on the few times it does venture out of doors, it’s drab and grey. Here, sparkling, it’s so much more than a backdrop. God it’s beautiful, who needs Croatia? This isn’t going to do Cornish tourism any harm at all, the Poldark effect.
How can anyone resist anything that opens with a man in a cloak galloping along cliffs rising from the ocean's coast (clips from the first episode available at the link)? I love the reviewer's description of the series as a "family swashbuckler."
|Ruby Bentall, Verity Poldark 2015|
|Norma Streader as Verity in Poldark 1975|
|Caroline Penvenen and Dr. Enys 1975|
I have also learned that PBS will broadcast Poldark 2015, t