Ross digs deep in an ef­fort to gain re­venge

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

De­spite hav­ing to com­pete with view­ers’ fond mem­o­ries of the 1970s adap­ta­tion, the new ver­sion of Poldark has been a huge hit. And if the me­dia is to be be­lieved, that’s pretty much down to one man – Ai­dan Turner, who plays Ross. Thanks to the scenes of him skinny dip­ping and in­dulging in a lit­tle shirt­less scyth­ing, he’s ar­guably be­come the big­gest pe­riod drama pin-up since Colin Firth in Pride and Prej­u­dice. How­ever, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing he’s not the only star to have emerged from the se­ries. The pro­gramme has also been a great show­case for Eleanor Tom­lin­son, who plays Demelza. The actress, whose pre­vi­ous cred­its in­clude Jack the Gi­ant Slayer and The White Queen, ad­mits that it wasn’t un­til she told her par­ents about the re­make that she re­alised just how suc­cess­ful the orig­i­nal Poldark, Sun­day, BBC1, 9pm had been, but she still knew a good role when she saw one. “For me Demelza was the char­ac­ter who re­ally stood out as hav­ing the most in­cred­i­ble jour­ney in Deb­bie Hors­field’s script,” Tom­lin­son ex­plains. “For a start she’s com­pletely dif­fer­ent from any­thing I’ve played be­fore. She also has the most fan­tas­tic jour­ney; she starts out as an urchin be­ing mis­taken for a boy, then be­comes Ross’ ser­vant and grad­u­ally moves up to be­come head maid and the best worker that he has and then even­tu­ally his wife. “The jour­ney for her in only eight episodes is just ex­tra­or­di­nary and roles like this just don’t come around that of­ten.” Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen Demelza strug­gling to dance, curtsy and gen­er­ally feel at home in high so­ci­ety, but for Tom­lin­son it seems the big­gest chal­lenge of all has been mas­ter­ing the ac­cent. She says: “It was very hard, and be­ing from East York­shire I had never re­ally ven­tured to Corn­wall as a kid so that was a con­tin­ual ex­pe­ri­ence for me as well. I worked very hard with the voice coach who was fan­tas­tic and so help­ful. “With Demelza’s ac­cent, she never loses it but she tames it a lit­tle bit – I was anx­ious that she never to­tally be­comes a lady, she is never like [love ri­val] El­iz­a­beth, and I wanted to keep that true­ness to her roots.” In the last in the cur­rent se­ries, we see Demelza once again stay­ing true to her hum­ble ori­gins as she helps Dwight to deal with an out­break of ‘pu­trid throat’ among the res­i­dents of Tren­with. Un­for­tu­nately, in her ea­ger­ness to be of as­sis­tance, she be­comes in­fected her­self, putting baby Ju­lia at risk. That will cer­tainly give Ross some­thing else to brood about as he’s forced to fold the Carn­more smelt­ing busi­ness.

Clo­sure Ai­dan Turner heads the cast of the drama.

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