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Poldark star slams show's raunchy scenes

Published 12/09/2016

Poldark star slams show's raunchy scenes
Poldark star slams show's raunchy scenes

Poldark star Caroline Blakiston is not a fan of the show's reliance on saucy scenes featuring its star Aidan Turner.

Poldark actress Caroline Blakiston is troubled by the prevalence of raunchy sex scenes in the hit U.K. TV show.

Since it debuted last year (15) the period drama has wowed viewers with intimate scenes featuring male lead Ross Poldark, played by Irish hunk Aidan Turner.

However the 83-year-old, who plays Poldark family matriarch Aunt Agatha, says she is totally turned off by the explicit scenes that have delighted viewers.

"I know the viewers like to look at the sex scenes but I know I don't," Caroline tells British newspaper The Sun. "I don't want to look at people having sex.

"If people want to then that is up to them but I think sex is rather private myself. I would not want to do it in public."

The veteran actress admits that she herself has bared all on camera, in director John Schlesinger's 1979 war drama Yanks, but says that steamy scenes now leave her cold.

"I did take my clothes off for a movie with John Schlesinger but it is not what I want to watch. Maybe it is because I am an old lady," she explains.

One potentially controversial passage from Winston Graham's Poldark novels which has reportedly been changed for the second series of the TV show saw Ross force his former lover Elizabeth into bed.

The plot of the book has reportedly been altered in the BBC adaptation, and Caroline is tight lipped over how the controversial rape scene will be shown in the series.

"I was there when they did the rape scene so it is very hard to talk about the situation," she adds.

Aidan has been more forthcoming about the nature of the scene he shares with actress Heida Reed.

"It seems consensual, and it just seems right," the actor told The Sun last month (Aug16). "He goes to talk. He doesn't go to commit a crime. They talk and it seems like there is still this spark between them, this unfinished business emotionally. Certainly, that's how Ross feels. He doesn't force himself upon her."

Poldark's second series continues on BBC One on Sunday (18Sep16).

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