Siz­zling his­tory

Ross Poldark gal­lops back for a third sea­son of dash­ing, dar­ing and chest bar­ing.

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Soldier-turned-mine boss Ross Poldark (Ai­dan Turner) sets sails for France as sea­son 3 of pe­riod drama Poldark (2015- cur­rent) ar­rives on our shores. He’s play­ing soldier again, this time on a res­cue mis­sion dur­ing the 1794 French Rev­o­lu­tion. “We filmed in this in­cred­i­ble place with a huge moat and rivers and lit­tle places where we could duck off into the woods with a mus­ket. It was great fun,” laughs Ai­dan. “We had pro­fes­sional mus­ket train­ing. And the bay­o­nets are real!”

But fun with guns ended in tears on the set, with the 34-year- old Ir­ish­man break­ing his fin­ger when it got in the way of an­other ac­tor cock­ing his mus­ket for a scene. “I knew that some­thing was wrong straight away and for the next 30 sec­onds it felt like jelly,” Ai­dan says. As in this series, well-made plans go one way and life goes in an­other…

MAN, WIFE & MORE

There’s plenty of ac­tion back home be­tween Ross and his wife Demelza (Eleanor Tom­lin­son) too. “We pick up with Ross mend­ing his re­la­tion­ship [Demelza kicked him out af­ter un­cov­er­ing his in­fi­delity with El­iz­a­beth in sea­son 2],” ex­plains Ai­dan. We will also meet Demelza’s re­li­gious brothers Sam (Tom York) and Drake (Harry Richardson). “I don’t think Ross is par­tic­u­larly en­am­oured by the Methodist move­ment. Ross sees that they’re good-na­tured but he finds them dull… and they can’t drink,” jokes Ai­dan.

ROSS vs GE­ORGE

And while Ross’s other love El­iz­a­beth (Heida Reed) is se­cretly hav­ing his baby this sea­son, Ross and her hus­band Ge­orge War­leg­gan (Jack Farthing) are call­ing a truce. “They can’t af­ford to do each other se­ri­ous harm,” says Ai­dan. “For the sake of their wives and chil­dren, they have to come to an un­der­stand­ing.” Well, that won’t…

Ross and Demelza­Xxxxx are in for a rough ride.

SEA­SON 2 ENDED…

Demelza agreed to stay with Ross de­spite his af­fair with El­iz­a­beth, who re­alised that she’s car­ry­ing his baby. And while Ross’s mines were turn­ing a profit, he learnt that there is more to life than just money.

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