April 19, 2015

POLDARK Episode Seven

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Eleanor Tomlinson stars as Demelza in the BBC remake of Poldark
Eleanor Tomlinson stars as Demelza in the BBC remake of Poldark Photo: BBC
The penultimate episode of Poldark series one (BBC One) got off to exactly the sort of start its fans adore, with a dark and hirsute horseman galloping across a craggy landscape laid out against vast blue stripes of shimmering sea and sky. But it wasn’t hunky Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) who was riding out to hide a billet-doux in a wall for Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) to fetch.
As a result, by the end of this hectic and sweepingly romantic episode we had witnessed shocking infidelity, a tragic murder, calamity at the copper mine, a flight from justice, acres of Poldark chest hair sprouting from a nightshirt, innumerable betrayals and a seemingly unbridgeable family breach between Ross and his weakling cousin Francis (Kyle Soller). Still worse – far worse! – it was looking like Ross and Demelza’s unfeasibly romantic marriage, too, was up the spout.
Aidan Turner as Captain Ross Poldark
That’s the beauty of Poldark. Time after time it sets up splendidly melodramatic situations, and makes heroes of its characters by forcing them through hellfire. Thus the lovely Demelza proved Poldark’s unwitting nemesis. By following her peasant-girl heart (poor unsophisticated dear), acting as go-between for lovelorn Verity (Ruby Bentall) and enabling her elopement with Captain Blamey (Richard Harrington), ultimately she handed nasty banker George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) the means by which to bring Ross’s heroic copper-smelting venture to its knees. And him to his.
Phil Davis as Jud Paynter
That’s how Ross saw it anyway. But could he ever forgive her? That was the question we were left with at episode’s end, although he had already applied himself to the question in unusually reflective fashion in a closing scene where he weighed the balance between his wife’s good intentions and their disastrous consequences. Presumably that was to encourage us to doubt the outcome. But those of us who like a flutter would wager a copper-mine or two that he’ll find it somewhere in his dark and manly heart to exonerate her, and maybe even hatch a scheme to turn the tables on the Warleggans in what promises to be a rip-roaring series finale.



  1. Love your blog, June! We need a tab at the top for Poldark. I've watched all the Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge, Reign, and The Three Musketeers that you have and decided to start this one, but having a hard time navigating and finding each episode as I need it. Thanks!

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