Other tales come into play. Poldark’s family and friends provide rich back stories that always jibe with the protagonist’s in some way. The saga is a rich mix of intrigue, romance, mystery and adventure.
The eye for detail is impeccable throughout this production. Great efforts have been taken to make the audience feel as if they have actually been transported to the 18th century. The look and feel of the interiors, the period costumes,the dances, music and furnishings all come together to cultivate the illusion.
Poldark is played to the hilt by veteran British actor Robin Ellis. Ellis captures the heart and soul of this character and I would venture to say, his is one of the most noteworthy performances of the entire Masterpiece Theater series; Poldark is not an easy role to play, by any means. Besides the challenges of portraying a proud, honorable, yet supremely flawed individual, there is a great deal of physicality involved in the role: from riding horses, to navigating the rocky hills of Cornwall, to tramping through waist deep waters of the mines.
Also notable is Anghared Rees as Delmeza who, like Shaw’s Eliza Doolittle, becomes a more refined (albeit no less feisty) woman under Ross’ care.
The only thing missing from this sublime package is a peek into how the magic was conceived. It would have been interesting to get some insight from the actors and producers into the trials of taking on such an ambitious project. What went in to capturing the essence of these characters and the era? Perhaps this will be rectified when the second series is released later this year.
Revisiting Poldark was a rare treat. If you have never seen the series, buy this set and immerse yourself in a rich helping of grand storytelling. You won’t be sorry.
Poldark ran for two seasons from 1975 through 1977. A total of 29 episodes were produced.
The set is available now from Acorn Media.