Prison break!

Ai­dan Turner and co re­veal all as we go on set for Poldark’s most ex­plo­sive episode yet…

TV Times - - Interview - Sarah Sel­wood

I did break my hand be­cause of the mus­ket! ai­dan turner

Drama Poldark sun­day / BBC1 / 9.00Pm

Even tor­ren­tial rain can’t dampen the spir­its of the cast of hit BBC1 Cor­nish cos­tume saga Poldark, as we watch them film­ing scenes for this week’s most ex­cit­ing episode to date.

‘It’s freez­ing,’ shud­ders Harry Richard­son, aka Demelza Poldark’s younger brother, Drake Carne. ‘In be­tween scenes we’re all hud­dling around com­plain­ing, but once the cam­eras are rolling, you can’t imag­ine any­thing bet­ter than film­ing these fan­tas­tic scenes with such bril­liant ac­tors – it’s epic!’

TV Times is in Som­er­set in the beau­ti­ful grounds of The Bishop’s Palace, Wells. The Grade 1 listed build­ing has been turned into a pris­oner of war camp in France in which fan favourite Dr Dwight Enys is lan­guish­ing af­ter be­ing cap­tured in a naval bat­tle ear­lier this se­ries.

To­day, Harry, along with lead­ing man Ai­dan Turner (Ross Poldark), Sean Gilder (Tholly Tre­girls), Tris­tan Stur­rock (Zacky Martin) and

John Holling­worth (Capt Hen­shawe), is busy firing a mus­ket as the char­ac­ters ar­rive to res­cue Dwight.

‘We’re call­ing our­selves “The Mag­nif­i­cent Five!”’ laughs Sean, while John adds: ‘It’s like Poldark does The Mus­ke­teers! This is a dream come true!’

An equally ex­cited Tris­tan tells us: ‘To­day we’re shoot­ing a stunt where Cap­tain Hen­shawe blows up a door­way as we try to es­cape… This sto­ry­line is fan­tas­tic as it makes full use of the set­ting of the French Rev­o­lu­tion and, for Zacky, who’s the quiet vil­lage elder, a bit of ac­tion is great!’ Sadly, though, not ev­ery char­ac­ter will make it back to Corn­wall alive… While every­one is sad to be los­ing a fel­low cast mem­ber (or mem­bers), they all rel­ished this dra­matic sto­ry­line, as they got to swap film­ing in a stu­dio for the great out­doors.

‘The Bishop’s Palace is an in­cred­i­ble place with a huge moat, rivers and lots of places where we could run into the woods with a mus­ket,’ says Ai­dan. ‘It was great fun. There is noth­ing quite like play­ing sol­diers with the lads.’

The five ac­tors spent a day learn­ing how to use mus­kets, plus there was an his­tor­i­cal ad­vi­sor and a mil­i­tary ex­pert on set so that every­thing was ac­cu­rate.

How­ever, there are gen­uine dan­gers in­volved with any stunt work, and poor Ai­dan suf­fered for his art…

‘I did break my hand be­cause of the mus­ket!’ he says. ‘In one scene we bust into the prison and Harry was pulling back his ri­fle and it caught my lit­tle fin­ger on my left hand and pulled it right back. I knew some­thing was wrong but I had to fin­ish the scene.

For the next 30 sec­onds it felt like jelly.’

With dark­ness de­scend­ing, it’s time for us to leave them to more film­ing…

‘We’re about to do a big ex­plo­sive stunt as they get trapped and have to blow their way out,’ says pro­ducer Michael Ray.

‘It should be the big­gest, most am­bi­tious, and most ac­tion-packed episode of Poldark we’ve ever done!’

Break-out role: Ross trav­els to France to res­cue Dwight Enys Ross and his com­rades em­bark on a des­per­ate mis­sion

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