British comedies and dramas continue to hold court Sunday nights on PBS: POLDARK ON MASTERPIECE is a swashbuckling new adaptation of the iconic hit series that premieres nationwide on June 21 at 9:00 p.m. on Pioneer. The re-imagined saga stars Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) as the dashing squire Ross Poldark and includes original “Poldark” protagonist Robin Ellis as Reverend Halse.
Poldark is based on a beloved series of novels by Winston Graham. The first, Ross Poldark, was published in 1945; the last, Bella Poldark, appeared in 2002, the year before Graham’s death. All twelve novels trace the fortunes of a landed, mine-owning family in windswept Cornwall two centuries ago.
Almost 40 years ago Captain Ross Poldark galloped across the TV screens of millions of PBS viewers, vexing villains and winning female hearts in one of MASTERPIECE’s earliest hit series. Now the gallant captain rides again in a thrilling new version with all the action, adventure, and romance of the original, plus even more spectacular Cornish scenery and rousing local color. The first episode of the series will begin as Ross Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War, discovers that his father is dead, his lands are ruined and his true love is about to marry his first cousin.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this sneak preview screening to the Worthington community in partnership with some fantastic local organizations,” said Zempel. “There is only one of these special screenings happening in our viewing area which covers parts of 5 states, and the energy to host such an event is alive and well in Worthington,” she added.
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