Reports of More Filming Locations for Poldark

We have news of two locations where Poldark is said to have been filming.

The first is of filming this week at Ammerdown near Radstock, Somerset. The Poldark location signs were spotted last week by @HatsPeriod and news that the crew were using the car park at Writhlington School came through from @justplayed . Then @JessM221 tweeted me that they were filming at Ammerdown although she couldn’t confirm exactly where.

The most likely place for filming is Ammerdown House, a beautiful eighteenth century building with formal gardens landscaped by Lutyens and parkland. The orangery, which dates from 1790, was used in the strawberry seduction scene in the BBC’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

The gardens are open to the public on Bank Holiday Monday, 25 August, 2014 and there is a performance of The Taming of the Shrew in the grounds on Saturday 2 August, 2014.

Pic of Ammerdown House and Orangery from Ammerdown House web

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The second report of filming comes from Melanie Sands on the Google forum for uk media and TV where she posted ‘Poldark with Aidan Turner filming at Trereife House.’ The post, dated 12 July, 2014,  is referring to an item on Peter Grice’s facebook page.(I believe Peter is the Manager of Trereife House).

Trereife House is in Penzance, Cornwall, and was used as a set in the German adaptation of a Rosamund Pilcher novel.

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We’ll have to wait and see if these two houses or their grounds appear in Poldark when it airs in 2015.

Many thanks to @HatsPeriod, @justplayed and @JessM221 for their help.

Yorktown Campaign Re-created for Poldark

An incident from The American War of Independence Yorktown campaign will be recreated for the new Poldark series on BBC1 says Flintlock and Tomahawk. The novel Ross Poldark begins with Ross returning to Cornwall from the American War of Independence in 1783. The Seige of Yorktown took place in 1781 so fits in nicely with the story.

The historical re-enactment society Redcoats and Revolutionaries will be taking part in the filming for Poldark.

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Clip from Poldark Shown at TVCA Press Tour

A clip from the new BBC series Poldark starring Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza, was shown at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverley Hills, California on Tuesday 22 July, 2014. The clip was shown at the press panel for Downton Abbey along with two others for the  upcoming British dramas: Wolf Hall, Indian Summers according to Current.Org

Wouldn’t we just love to have seen that?

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Aidan Turner Signs a Five Year Contract for Poldark

Great news!

Aidan Turner has signed a five year contract to play Ross in the new BBC drama Poldark with filming for the second series planned for September 2015.


One of the things that has concerned me about the new production is the BBC’s commitment to it, so I was delighted to hear this news coming out of the Poldark panel at the Penzance Literary Festival yesterday.

Debbie Horsfield, the screen writer and Karen Thrussell the executive producer for Poldark made up the panel.  Poldark fan @purplehare9 was there and she told me the news about the contract.

As we all know, the BBC isn’t flush with money so, unlike American TV stations, often uses relatively short contracts. Giving Aidan a five year one for Poldark shows real commitment to the show by both the actor and the BBC. Those of us who remember Aidan leaving Being Human at quite short notice can feel reassured by it.

There is, however, a sting in the tale. As @purperhare9 pointed out, there are twelve books to cover and, as Debbie Horsfield says she covers two in a series, that will leave us two books short.

So c’mon Aidan. Make it six years!

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