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Poldark may be period potboiler meets Calvin Klein ad, but I love it

By Joe Nawaz

Published 03/04/2015

Aidan Turner reaped a new crop of admirers with his topless scene
Aidan Turner reaped a new crop of admirers with his topless scene
Turner prize-guy: Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark
Aiden Turner in Poldark
Robin Ellis played the title role in the original Poldark
Aidan Turner

I didn't trust Poldark when it first smouldered forth from the small screen, delivering a Cornish cocktail of dash, devilment and melodrama so purple, it may have taken unholy orders.

I say "Cornish cocktail", but really, the best you could hope for in your typical Truro travel tavern is a Long Island Iced Tea, or, if you're really lucky, a meaningless fumble on the rocks.

It seemed to me that the remake of the much-loved '70s TV series (and books - I know!), was superfluous to requirements.

A stodgy period potboiler as seen through the filter of a Calvin Klein ad. But, dammit, the more I watch it, the more I like the bloody thing.

Aidan Turner's Ross Poldark may induce a cocktail (turns out there's more than I realised) of rage and admiration in most confused heterosexual males and abject lust-type stuff in most others, but it's also a compelling performance.

The same goes for the fine, feral Demelza, played by Eleanor Tomlinson. As it is, if you can tear your eyes off the two of them "at it" and just generally smouldering like a Mission Survive contestant's campfire, there's also beautiful scenery behind them, honest.

It's a cliche as old as Peter Stringfellow's chat-up lines, but the landscape really is an extra character. In a week when the Turner Torso was a cause for moral concern on Radio 4 Woman's Hour, I suspect though that a lot of viewers would be surprised to learn it was even a period piece.

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