Sunday, ABC, 8.40pm
There are a fair few things British television does well and one of them is most definitely period dramas. This new series, an eight-part adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels, is a sweeping drama set in 18th-century Cornwall. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner, right, The Hobbit trilogy) returns home from fighting in the American Revolution a changed man. But he’s not the only thing changed – his love is married to his cousin, his father is dead and his family’s sweeping estate has been left in ruins. Rather than be run out of town, Ross decides his place is to stay and rebuild his home to its former glory, but not everyone is pleased about it.