Wild and windy landscapes. Brooding looks. Well-toned torsos you could bounce pennies off. Yes, pulse-raising period drama Poldark is back on the box for series 3… and once more, it’s ready to grip the nation. Want to see what all the fuss is about? You can find series 1 on Netflix now.
Things are looking as stormy as ever this time around, with Ross Poldark (Being Human’s Aidan Turner) fighting tooth and nail to rebuild his marriage to Demelza (Death Comes To Pemberley‘s Eleanor Tomlinson) following series 2’s explosive finale. But with the French Revolution casting ominous shadows over Cornwall, and the sudden arrival of Demelza’s religious brothers, his world is far from certain. Think Sunday nights are dull? Think again.
With a new series come some brand new faces, most notably Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul) as fancy-pants aristocrat Hugh Armitage, Tom York (Olympus) and Harry Richardson (Doctor Thorne) as Ross’s brothers-in-law, plus Ellise Chappell (The Last Dragonslayer) as Elizabeth’s cousin Morwenna Chynoweth.
Ahead of this weekend’s series opener, we sit down with Ellise Chappell (below centre) and Tom York (below right) to find out what it was like to join a show that’s quickly becoming one of the most loved on British television…
Welcome both! How did you feel when you heard you’d got the Poldark gig?
What can you tell us about your characters?
Were you warmly welcomed into the Poldark family?
Were you fans of the show before you joined?
Sounds good! Ellise, is it true you were close to returning to your old job in a café before getting this role?
From cappuccinos to Cornwall! And was there a big difference between working on this and on The Last Dragonslayer?
How was the experience of filming for you, Tom?
You’re both relative newcomers to the world of TV. For those who don’t know you, what do you like doing in your spare time?
Finally, what have you watched recently that’s grabbed your attention?
Poldark series 3 airs on Sundays at 9pm on BBC One (CH 101) and BBC One HD (CH 108). Also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer