It’s guns, ro­mance and ri­valry as Poldark re­turns to Prime.

Poldark re­turns with a bang, bold new sto­ry­lines and new char­ac­ters, as Jim Maloney re­ports.

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Watch out, Ross – there’s now a love ri­val for Demelza in the shape of dash­ing Hugh Ar­mitage, as a third sea­son of the 18th-century Cor­nish saga re­turns.

Many fans feel, frankly, it would serve Ross Poldark right if his wife did have an af­fair, es­pe­cially after the way he did the dirty on her last sea­son with his first love, Elizabeth.

And that could have long-term con­se­quences as Elizabeth, now mar­ried to Ross’ deadly en­emy Ge­orge War­leg­gan, has an­other baby on the way. But is it Ge­orge’s or Ross’ baby? “No­body knows,” laughs Ai­dan Turner, who plays Ross, when I ask him the burn­ing ques­tion.

“There is a part of him that is grow­ing up a bit more and learn­ing from his ways. He’s un­der­stand­ing and re­al­is­ing where he’s at and what he’s in and that he could lose Demelza.

“He nearly lost her last sea­son when she al­most walked out on him. He’s con­scious of not mak­ing the same mis­takes and he’s not fight­ing with his fists like he was.

“But then some­times he does things that are out­ra­geous and that’s why we love him.

“He’s flawed. He’s not a per­fect hu­man and he doesn’t try to be a per­fect per­son. But I like him be­cause he’s coura­geous and al­ways kind of on the front foot. He’s mak­ing de­ci­sions and I guess he’s help­ing peo­ple too.

“He’s not self­ish or lazy. That’s what I ad­mire most about him. He’s al­ways do­ing stuff, get­ting things done and think­ing ahead.”

This sea­son, set in 1794 dur­ing the French Rev­o­lu­tion, prom­ises more ac­tion, ro­mance and jeal­ousy than ever be­fore, in par­tic­u­lar an ex­plo­sive scene when Ross res­cues Dr Dwight Enys from a POW camp in France, and fel­low in­mate, Hugh Ar­mitage, played by Josh

White­house, also takes his chance to es­cape. He later turns out to be an aris­to­crat and takes a shine to Demelza (Eleanor Tom­lin­son).

“I don’t know that Ross sus­pects there is any­thing be­tween the two of them,” says Ai­dan. “Hugh is a much younger guy than Ross and he likes him a lot.”

But just how much Demelza likes him, re­mains to be seen.

“There’s a lot in store for Ross this sea­son and a lot of new char­ac­ters,” Ai­dan, 34, adds. And so there is. Demelza’s broth­ers cause a stir when they turn up to tell her that their fa­ther is dy­ing. They then set­tle in the area and quickly in­te­grate with the lo­cals.

While Sam (Tom York) is a de­vout Methodist who wants to spread the word, brother Drake (Harry Richardson) is a free-spir­ited ro­man­tic and poet.

There is a def­i­nite at­trac­tion be­tween him and an­other new ar­rival, Elizabeth’s na­ture-lov­ing 19-year-old sis­ter, Mor­wenna (El­lise Chap­pell), who is hired to act as a gov­erness to Elizabeth’s son Ge­of­frey Charles.

Mean­while, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Caro­line (Gabriella Wilde) and Dwight (Luke Nor­ris) is to prove a rocky one be­cause when the doc­tor re­turns from war he is a changed man.

His ex­pe­ri­ences have caused what would now be iden­ti­fied as post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der and he is dis­tant and un­in­ter­ested in Caro­line, much to her anguish.

As for Elizabeth (Heida Reed),

Elizabeth (Heida Reed) and Ge­orge War­leg­gan (Jack Farthing)

Ge­orge may not be the love of her life but she is grow­ing closer to him ev­ery day and has set­tled for a con­tented mar­riage that will keep her fi­nan­cially se­cure. Ge­orge (Jack Farthing) may be nasty and have it in for her beloved Aunt Agatha (Caro­line Blak­iston), who he wants out of the house and Ge­of­frey Charles farmed off to board­ing school, but the cun­ning swine al­ways man­ages to be charm­ing in his wife’s pres­ence. How­ever, her rel­a­tive hap­pi­ness is wob­bled by the anx­i­ety of her forth­com­ing baby. If it ar­rives too early then she will have a lot of ex­plain­ing to do. “The new char­ac­ters have strong plots and sto­ry­lines that aren’t nec­es­sar­ily con­nected di­rectly with Ross and that makes for rich sto­ry­telling,” says Ai­dan. “Ross him­self is learn­ing that there is only so much fight­ing he can do on the ground and that if he re­ally wants to change things and get things done then he needs to get into par­lia­ment. And we see him head­ing in that di­rec­tion to­wards the end of the se­ries.”

Demelza (Eleanor Tom­lin­son) and Ross Poldark (Ai­dan Turner)

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