In 1975, Robin Ellis captivated audiences on both sides of the pond with his brilliant portrayal of the dashing British officer, Captain Ross Poldark in Poldark. Now, 40 years later, the BBC and PBS are giving the series a bit of a steamier 21st century reboot with a new television adaptation based on the novels of Winston Graham, with an all-star cast headed by Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Being Human) and Eleanor Tomlinson (The White Queen, Death Comes to Pemberley).
Phil Davis (Sherlock, Being Human, Whitechapel), Jack Farthing (Blandings), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina), Warren Clarke (Red Riding), Beatie Edney (Poirot), Alexander Arnold (Skins), Robert Daws (Holby City), Ruby Bentall (The Paradise) and Heida Reed (Silent Witness) also star in the story of Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War to discover that his father is dead, his lands are ruined, and his true love is about to marry his first cousin.
While the new reboot and, most likely, Aidan Turner will attempt to introduce an entirely new generation of fans to Poldark, the coolness factor for the original generation of fans just ramped up even more when we found out that Robin Ellis, the original Ross Poldark, will play Reverend Halse, the village’s sin-obsessed parson.
If you’re a Robin Ellis fan, look for an upcoming interview we did with the original Ross Poldark in the not-too-distant future on Tellyspotting. From his time in 1975 as the Captain to his guest appearance on Fawlty Towers, from what it was like when one Ross Poldark came face to face with the 2015 version of Captain Poldark to how he occupies his time today in the French countryside as a culinary writer and chef, what an absolutely delightful individual. FYI, from personal experience, you will definitely want to try his recipe for Cauliflower Soup. It is flat-out brilliant. Thanks to Robin’s wife, Meredith Wheeler, for providing us with the present day pic of Robin talking about his newest book, “Healthy Eating for Life”.
The new 6-part series will premiere as part of PBS’ Masterpiece series beginning June 21 of this year with a BBC One broadcast just around the corner (last we heard was April, just fyi).