Poldark

Sun­day / BBC1

TV Times - - Contents - Nick can­non

I’ll miss my favourite Cor­nish drama when se­ries three bows out on Sun­day. It’s beau­ti­fully filmed and a de­light to watch. I wasn’t sur­prised to read that a sur­vey showed that a fifth of tourist vis­its to Corn­wall were in­spired by the pe­riod drama.

Ross Poldark faces threats both for­eign and do­mes­tic as the hit BBC se­ries comes to an ex­plo­sive end this Sun­day. French ships are spot­ted on the hori­zon, so Corn­wall is on high alert, while Demelza con­tin­ues to be courted by ro­man­tic Hugh Ar­mitage.

There’s also mar­i­tal strife for George and El­iz­a­beth over whether baby Valen­tine is re­ally his. But prob­a­bly un­hap­pi­est of all is poor Mor­wenna. George forced her to marry the re­pug­nant Rev Os­borne Whit­worth to save Drake from the gal­lows, and she’s been suf­fer­ing ever since. Mor­wenna’s been al­most sui­ci­dal, just as she’s be­come a mother to a baby named John.

Here El­lise Chap­pell, 25, who plays Mor­wenna, tells TV Times all about the dra­matic fi­nale…

Is there any hope for Mor­wenna? Ever since War­leg­gan forced her to marry Os­borne, it’s been a dark and quite trau­matic time for her. She’s lost her in­no­cence, en­ergy and spark for life. All that had been cap­tured so beau­ti­fully when she was fall­ing for Drake, as well as her friend­ship with El­iz­a­beth’s son, Ge­of­frey Charles, but it’s all gone now.

Mor­wenna be­came a mum in the last episode… could this change things for the bet­ter? She’s strug­gling to bond with her baby, but she’s such a gen­tle soul,

and so kind and car­ing that I def­i­nitely think hav­ing a child and be­ing able to fo­cus her en­ergy into him might make a lit­tle dif­fer­ence.

Have Poldark fans told you how des­per­ate they are for Mor­wenna to be reunited with Drake?

Peo­ple re­ally hate Os­borne for what he’s do­ing to Mor­wenna and quite un­der­stand­ably. Women in that era were quite help­less when it came to ar­ranged mar­riages with aw­ful men.

How did you find film­ing all the dread­ful scenes with Chris­tian Brass­ing­ton, who plays Os­borne? Os­borne has been bru­tal and creepy, so film­ing some of my scenes with him were very in­tense. But Chris­tian was amaz­ing, be­cause he’s such a lovely per­son. He had the ut­most re­spect for me and was al­ways check­ing that I felt com­fort­able. It must have been just as awk­ward for him to have to act be­ing that cruel, but I felt re­ally sup­ported.

Demelza knows how un­happy Mor­wenna is af­ter she con­fided in her? Is she able to help? Again, it’s all down to the pe­riod th­ese char­ac­ters are liv­ing in, and I re­ally think there’s that sense that you’re joined by God and there’s noth­ing much that can be done about it. Mor­wenna isn’t re­ally in­volved with Ross, Demelza, George or El­iz­a­beth now. She’s just hid­den away at the Whit­worth vicarage and is in­tensely un­happy.

Have you en­joyed work­ing with Harry Richard­son (Drake)? He’s great. He’s just so funny, and we had so much fun. He’s in the new Dunkirk movie – I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m very ex­cited about it and will see it soon.

Do you now feel an affin­ity with Corn­wall?

Oh, my gosh, def­i­nitely, I can’t wait to go back to film se­ries four! I’d been when I was younger and my dad grew up there, in Mul­lion. Some of the beaches where we film are the very ones he played on when he was a boy, so it’s been quite lovely to hear his sto­ries.

What were your favourite scenes to film?

I loved most of the beach scenes, be­cause they are so breath­tak­ing. I par­tic­u­larly loved it when Harry and I were just run­ning along the beach, although it was quite hard for me in a corset –

I was a bit breath­less! But it was fun to be so joy­ous and free! Also, the scene where Drake and Mor­wenna are in the holy well – we were ac­tu­ally in­side the cliff, so that was quite spe­cial.

Mor­wenna has lost her in­no­cence, en­ergy and spark for life

el­lise chap­pell

Do­mes­tic bliss?: Is there war on the hori­zon for Ross and Demelza ?

Cruel: The notso-rev­erend Os­borne Whit­worth

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