Poldark first debuted back in 2015 and has gone from strength to strength. The series saw Being Human and The Hobbit star Aidan Turner taking the lead as Captain Ross Poldark. Turner’s version is the second BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s beloved novels. The first Poldark series from the BBC aired between 1975 and 1977 with Robin Ellis as the eponymous hero. Both Poldark series have proved to be extremely popular with fans the world over.
Will there be another series of Poldark?
With season five concluding on August 26, many viewers want to know if the show will be coming back for another outing.
Season five has ventured into new territory which has not been explored in the original novels.
Instead of serving as an adaptation from the books, the final series covered the 11-year period between the seventh (The Angry Tide) and eighth (The Stranger from the Sea) instalments.
Poldark screenwriter Debbie Horsfield explained: “Winston Graham had left plenty of hints in book eight about events which had happened in those intervening years, but he gives little away about how Ross achieved that transformation.
“So for me it was the starting point, the way to navigate through series five. Winston Graham’s son Andrew endorsed my wish to continue his father’s methodology – looking at the historical context (Napoleonic Wars, Act of Union, fast-approaching Abolition of Slavery) and using real events and real people to drive the narrative.”
Season five doesn’t complete the adaptation of the Poldark novels, which means there’s scope for more should the BBC want to continue.
The 2015 Poldark series covers books one to seven and then a little bit in between.
There is still a total of 12 Poldark novels and potentially five more books worth of material to cover.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like there won’t be another series of Poldark.
The BBC also planned to do five seasons of the period drama based on the Poldark novels.
Speaking about working on the drama, lead star Turner said: “When we started Poldark we aimed to complete the majority of the books that we could, which would likely take us up to series five.
“So during filming for this series there was a sense of completion and relief that we made it this far, that the show has been successful and that people enjoy watching it.
“Hitting that mark and returning for the fifth series was always the goal and we are proud to have achieved that.”
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He went on to say: “It has been incredible taking him on this journey. I was watching some clips of scenes from series one and one of them was when Eleanor was singing in the parlour and we all look so young.
“It is when I reflect on moments like those that all the emotions come in and it makes me think about how much Ross has grown and how much I have grown and learned and what these characters have been through.”
Horsfield admitted that when she began on her Poldark adventure back in 2012, she never expected she would end up writing a total of 43 hours of television.
The writer said it felt “strange” and “a little sad” knowing that the crew wouldn’t be going back to Cornwall but hailed the “extraordinary journey” she and the rest of the makers had been on.
“What’s next for me? Watch this space. Not a tricorn in sight. I’m excited for the next project – but I’ll miss that Cornish surf!” she quipped.
Poldark season 5 concludes tonight on BBC One at 8.30pm
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