BBC recommissions Poldark for second series

Company News April 17, 2015

The BBC has announced the 18th century romantic saga is set to return for another eight-part season after a successful debut which saw episode 1 have a final consolidated rating of 9.4 million viewers.

Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, said: “I can exclusively announce that Sunday’s night new phenomenon Poldark that has captured the nations’ hearts has been commissioned for a second series.” Mammoth Screen are delighted with the announcement and the return of Aidan Turner as Cornish hero Ross Poldark. Eleanor Tomlinson will also return in the role of Demelza.

The series’ ratings have helped BBC1 to a 10-year high with the period drama seeing the channel record its highest ratings share for the first three months of the year in a decade.

Poldark has been steadily gathering a legion of fans as well as critical acclaim since it first aired on BBC1 on 8th March. Here’s what the papers say:

“Poldark has all the ingredients for perfect Sunday night viewing… And, as one would expect from a Mammoth Screen production, it looks stunning.” – The Times, Saturday Review – Mike Mulvihill

“An absolute must-see.” – TV Times – Sarah Selwood

“This is event television. Two generations of TV fans are agog for it…” – The Daily Mail – Christopher Stevens

“An intoxicating cocktail of lusty romance and historical drama, set among the crashing ocean waves and savage beauty of Cornwall…” – Mail on Sunday

“Ross Poldark (not so much played as inhabited by Aidan Turner, an inspired successor to the long–cherished Robin Ellis in the hugely successful Seventies version) is so smouldering and so, quite frankly, sexy that I expect to hear reports of spontaneous combustion imminently among the vast numbers of female viewers who were hooked on episode one on Sunday night.” – The Telegraph – Allison Pearson

“It’s a rattling teatime yarn to the tips of its ringlets.” – Telegraph – Jasper Res

“Poldark proves you can’t beat a dashing chap on horseback, a flighty damsel and a spot of period fisticuffs to get the dramatic juices pumping.” – Metro – Keith Watson

“Writer Debbie Horsfield describes leading man Ross Poldark as having elements of Heathcliff, Darcy and Mr Rochester. IT’s a lot to live up but Aidan Turner is more than a match for those fictional giants…” – TV Choice

“Here’s an epic, sweeping, richly evocative period drama in which to immerse yourself for the next eight Sunday nights.” – Saturday Express Magazine – Mike Ward