Tomorrow -- Sunday, June 10th -- Channel Thirteen will be counting down the 12 finalists of the best of Masterpiece Theater and Poldark is on the list! And better yet, not only are they going to be showing clips of the shows, they'll have interviews with the stars!!! Which means and interview with Robin Ellis!!!
My mom is so freaking out right now--she was yelling at me to "TiVo it! TiVo it now!!"
Hey, guys! As some of you may know, Clive Francis (who played Francis Poldark in the 70's mini-series adaptation) also appeared in Dennis Potter's 1993 Lipstick on Your Collar. If any of you are interested, I've come across a short clip of part of the first episodes, in which a lot of lipsynching, dancing, and similar silliness ensues:
You can probably tell which one he is. :) This was also one of Ewan McGregor's earliest roles.
Thought I'd better come and introduce myself as I've been lurking here a while now :)
I stumbled across Poldark by accident when I was a kid and pulling a sickie from school. The BBC has open university discussions in the morning on TV and on that particular day was discussing characterisation similarities between Blakes 7, Poldark and some other series, I forget now what it was. Anyway, they showed clips of Poldark, the main ones being where Ross breaks into the Poldark house to see Elizabeth and where Francis is down in the mine and drowns. I was intrigued and eventually, when the series was repeated on TV, nagged my parents into letting me see it.
That led into reading the novels, into an interest in late 18th century history and I've loved Winston Graham's work ever since. I even tried to emulate his writing style in school writing projects, but my teachers kept correcting my sentence structure because it was (apparently!) grammatically incorrect - can you believe that! They'd obviously never read Poldark ;)
Well, that was all years ago and my memories of both books and series is a little hazy. I'll get around to re-reading and rewatching them one of these days.
Favourite characters? Well, I was a teen when I read them, so I expect I might have a change of heart when I get to reread. Also, I'm more familiar with the first six books than the later ones. Demelza was always my favourite and I especially grew to like Anghared Rhys, even though she didn't seem right for the role at first (she also appeared in another favourite TV show of mine, Robin of Sherwood, for one episode). I loved it when she got on the port ;) I remember liking Francis and the way he developed through the first books. I could never warm to Elizabeth for some reason, but her death shocked me completely. I was young and had never before read a book where one of the central characters dies so suddenly.
I think my favourite pairing has to be Dwight and Caroline, because of all they go through and because I always enjoyed the forthrightness of Caroline - she had a knack of telling it like it is.
Incidently, the book fostered a love of all things Cornish in me and I ended up living there for a couple of years, about fifteen miles away from where Nampara was supposedly placed :)
For those that have been following Poldark on-line for years, I was Drommie of Andromeda's Poldark Page when I was in high school (found out recently that I was the first Poldark Page on the net, how's that for useless trivia?).
I grew up with my mother watching and reading Poldark, and distinctly remember her taping them off of PBS when I was about six. My young and impressionable self was, as a result, warped for life.
Nice to be on board, and look forward to meeting you all.
Hello! I'm... frighteningly new to this fandom, actually; my father was all giddy that he'd finally gotten the series on DVD (he even went to the trouble of buying a Region 2 player, since we're in the US!), and I was studying for the European History AP, so I decided to watch, too. It was, unfortunately, rather unhelpful because the exam was disappointingly lacking in the French Revolution era, but I digress.
I haven't gotten a chance to read the books yet, because my library is bizarre and for some reason only has The Twisted Sword, but once I get to college, hopefully I'll have much readier access to them.
Anyway! I've made a few (only a few, but I will make more) LJ icons of the series, using some of the images at http://www.poldark.org.uk/. Hopefully, they will interest you. Working in monochrome is a liiiittle difficult for me, but it's good practice.
New Member! I have been a fan of Poldark since the 2 mini series on the good old BBC (what seems like a hundred years ago). I have also read 6 of the books and I am aiming to get hold of the rest and read them too! Actually it's been quite a while since I read the first 6, so I think I'll read them again first. Shouldn't take long! Poldark led me to admire the young actor who played Drake Carne and I have watched his career with interest ever since and yesterday (coincidentally) I created a new community for Kevin McNally fans. If you like him too, why not take a look? kevin_mcnally
Because I'm bored, and I want to Well! Now that this community has more than just one member (that would be me), let's try to get this going! Just a few random questions to perhaps start some discussion or maybe a good argument (or duel???).
Hello I have been a fan of Poldark for a decade or so. Ever since I saw the Masterpiece Theater series with Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees. My parents are huge fans and we even named pets after characters: Verity & Demelza (cats) and Ross (dog). My mother also refers to the house as "Nampara." I would speak more but I'm about to eat dinner so I'll briefly mention that in the sixth Harry Potter book there are two characters named Verity and Demelza. Coincidence? I think not!
quickie post with some questions and thoughts * who's your fave couple or OTP, other than ross/demelza? i'd have to say it's a tie between dwight&caroline *before* they got married, and morwenna&drake (i wonder, do they ever get together? i've only read up to 'four swans', and i don't mind spoilers!)
* what's the deal with ross and caroline? they had some great scenes together in 'the black moon' and i just felt there was something *there*...
* does sam carne ever find happiness? where i'm at in the books he's all messed up about emma tregirls.
[er, that's it for now, gotta get back to working on my thesis results. eww.]
A copy of Winston Graham's short story "Meeting Demelza" can be obtained at this site. I'm in the US and emailed the address the site gave. I got a quick response with instructions as to how much money in US dollars to send ($15) and where to send it.
I received the Poldark DVDs for an early birthday present, and have watched all but the last three hours of them. They are amazing, overall. I think most people saw the BBC version first, and then were inspired to read the books, but I read the books first, and then saw the film/series/whatever. Here are a few things that are worth noting.
·The actress who plays Caroline (Judy Geeson) should switch roles with the actress who plays Demelza (Angharad Rees), not because of their acting abilities, but because of the way they look. It bothered me initially that Demelza had this orange hair, when really it should be dark as Winston Graham intended. She grew on me, however, though I’ve heard a lot of people were annoyed at how Angharad Rees played Demelza. I can see their point, because she seems louder than Demelza should be, and a little more brash. Overall, though, she played it very well. I did think she could be obnoxious at times, though. ·Robin Ellis, when I first saw a picture of him, I thought would be an ugly Ross. How wrong I was! When I read the books, Ross always seemed to be this handsome and intimidating presence, and Ellis played it perfectly. He really was a great Ross. His looks really grew on me. ·Francis, played by Clive Francis, was really a little too spineless in the beginning, and throughout but not as much later. The character of Francis I never considered spineless. He seemed to care a little more than Ross of what people thought, but really a lot less than everyone else in the books. I think they changed his character a lot for the series. ·Why on earth did they feel it necessary to have Demelza be pregnant before she was married to Ross? I suppose it offered more drama, but really, I was annoyed. I really wish they had filmed the entire scene where Demelza has her first Christmas at Trenwith, as well. Really the first part (based on the first book) was the only part they really changed a lot. Also, I was disappointed that Aunt Agatha was not living at Trenwith in the first part of the series – it was strange how they just threw her in Part 2 living in her own separate house. She didn’t really need to be in the first part, but for comic relief, Agatha was great! ·Hugh Bodrugan cracked me up. ·So what, Jud and Prudie get rehired? What happened to Jinny Carter? Why did Verity disappear? So far, that’s all I’ve got – I’m sure I’ll come up with more things I wanted to say!
New community! Hello! I've created this Poldark community to discuss and relive all the wonderfulness that is Winston Graham's Poldark series. Right now I seem to be short of members, though. How to fix that...?
Anyways, I'll start with my introduction. My name is Laina, and I have read all twelve Poldark novels but have yet to see the BBC series, though I've ordered it and it is coming in the mail! I did see the awful movie based on "Stranger from the Sea" made in 1996. Ugh. I immediately fell in love with everything about Poldark, and seriously want to go to Cornwall sometime in the near future. My favorite of the Poldark books is "Ross Poldark", with "Bella Poldark" coming in second. Favorite characters are Ross, Demelza, Francis, Valentine, Jeremy, and Lady Harriet.