POLDARK ROLE A GAL­LOP­ING SUC­CESS

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - HOLLY BYRNES TV WRITER

Per­haps it’s the flow­ing locks, the proud stance or his wist­ful looks out over the po­etic vast­ness of Corn­wall’s ma­jes­tic coast­line.

All Poldark star Ai­dan Turner knows is that his equine co-star Seamus – who plays his trusty steed Darkie – on the BBC pe­riod drama now has a fan fol­low­ing to ri­val the show’s lead­ing man, in­clud­ing his own Face­book page.

“He’s go­ing to have quite an ego when I get back for sea­son two, for sure,” Turner said, laugh­ing while on pro­duc­tion break at home in Dublin.

But Turner is too much of a team player to take all the credit for the show’s rat­ings suc­cess and cult fol­low­ing.

Tak­ing the reins for the first time as Ross Poldark, the 31year-old has been thrust into the same spot­light which launched the in­ter­na­tional ca­reers of ac­tors Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

Based on a 12-book se­ries, adapted to sim­i­larly huge TV au­di­ence num­bers in the 1970s, Poldark has again cap­tured imag­i­na­tions – with the se­ries fi­nale at­tract­ing close to 10 mil­lion view­ers in the UK last month.

Turner ad­mits there was ner­vous­ness about repli­cat­ing the se­ries’ ear­lier suc­cess, but au­thor Win­ston Gra­ham’s writ­ing – adapted this time by screen­writer Deb­o­rah Hors­field – re­mains as rel­e­vant to­day.

“Peo­ple will al­ways want to read good sto­ries about love and ri­valry and friend­ship and all the re­ally im­por­tant things in life. When they’re ex­e­cuted well (as this pro­duc­tion has), well, you can have a suc­cess on your hands,” he said.

POLDARK, ABC, SUN­DAY, 8.35PM

“Peo­ple will al­ways want to read good sto­ries about love and ri­valry”

AI­DAN TURNER ON POLDARK’S AP­PEAL

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