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Six million watch Poldark finale

Published 27/04/2015

Poldark star Aidan Turner gets the brush-off from a crew member in this behind-the-scenes shot from the BBC costume drama
Poldark star Aidan Turner gets the brush-off from a crew member in this behind-the-scenes shot from the BBC costume drama

Six million viewers tuned in to the emotional final episode of Poldark last night - and lamented the end of the first series.

The finale featured the sudden death of Poldark and Demelza's baby daughter Julia and ended with a cliffhanger which will run in to the second series.

The episode peaked with 6.1 million viewers on BBC1, winning its 9pm slot.

It averaged 5.9 million and a 25.4% share of viewers - more than last week but not matching the heights of the first episode - which secured almost seven million.

The instalment left many viewers in tears.

"I went to bed with tears streaming. Harrowing but superbly acted," Jo Cooper wrote on Twitter.

Fiona Rose McGregor wrote: " I need a bucket for my tears."

The finale attracted warm reviews, with Allison Pearson in The Daily Telegraph saying that it was "hard to remember a more emotionally pummelling hour of television drama".

On Digital Spy, Cameron K McEwan wrote that it was "a brave move to have such a cheerless finale, but the emotional resonance amid the events of this packed 60 minutes will reward fans immeasurably."

Ellen E Jones wrote in The Independent: "P oldark is not a sophisticated drama, but the simple things can sometimes be very satisfying."

Jim Shelley wrote on MailOnline: "There was only one way the nation's swooning viewers could find brooding, pouting, heartthrob Ross Poldark any more irresistible - make him Tragic. So it proved in the final episode of the swashbuckling Seventies revival."

The BBC is planning a second series of the Cornish saga.

Debbie Horsfield, who has already written five episodes of the new instalment, hinted that viewers will see Poldark bring "himself to the brink of disaster, and Demelza, a forceful and powerful character in her own right, taken along with him."

The drama, based on the novels of Winston Graham, was originally made for TV in the 1970s when it attracted audiences of 15 million and the remake has helped BBC1 to its highest share of an audience in a decade.

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