The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Boy, oh boy( a) or is it baby girl? Poldark’s back!

Love, be­trayal and jus­tice... our guide to the new se­ries that starts tonight

- by Chris Hast­ings Entertainment · Outerwear · United Kingdom · Coat · Aidan Turner

IT HAS been seven bru­tal weeks of lies, anger, smears and tur­moil that has left Bri­tain feel­ing bat­tered and be­wil­dered.

But now, rid­ing to the res­cue of a punch-drunk na­tion, comes the brood­ing, re­bel­lious Cap­tain Ross Poldark.

With per­fect tim­ing to re­lieve the tu­mult of the Elec­tion cam­paign, Ai­dan Turner has once again donned the breeches, frock coat and tri­corn hat of the rough-edged Cor­nish gen­tle­man, fight­ing for jus­tice amid scenery that’s as rugged as he is.

In readi­ness for Poldark’s long-awaited re­turn to TV tonight, The Mail on Sun­day of­fers a pre­view of what the show’s seven mil­lion fans can ex­pect. Our ex­clu­sive pic­tures show the new se­ries will be a heady mix of ro­mance, il­licit love and class strug­gle. Busi­ness as usual, in other words.

The steamy love tri­an­gle of Poldark, his wife Demelza, and his for­mer love El­iz­a­beth re­mains at the heart of the show – a re­la­tion­ship now com­pli­cated by the fact that El­iz­a­beth is just a month away from giv­ing birth.

Her vil­lain­ous hus­band Ge­orge War­leg­gan is al­ready gloat­ing about his prog­eny but it would take just one in­dis­cre­tion to wipe that smug smile off his face.

Poldark re­turns to BBC1 at 9pm tonight.

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