HE set hearts a-flutter when he wielded his scythe and now Poldark’s Aidan Turner is set to thrill audiences when his character becomes a SPY.
The drama returns to BBC1 at 9pm tomorrow, with plots that are not based on Winston Graham’s novels, as previous series were.
From scythe to secret service, Aidan Turner’s Poldark is set to thrill right to the very end of the show’s fifth and final season[/caption]
But these are the show’s final episodes – and there are lots of loose ends for show creator Debbie Horsfield to tie up. Rod McPhee looks at six of them.
1) What lies in store for Ross?
FROM soldier to mine owner and member of parliament, Ross is a wandering soul always looking for his next big challenge.
In the new series his next opportunity arrives quite unexpectedly when he foils a dastardly political plot on one of his trips to London.
The new series sees Ross foil a dastardly political plot on one of his trips to London — leading to a job offer from the British secret service. But will he take it?[/caption]
As a result he is kidnapped by the British secret services and offered a job to work for them as a spy.
Aidan reckons the change in his character’s occupation should not be too much of a surprise.
He said: “It was fun playing that side of him.
“It seems Ross always had it in him anyway, so it wasn’t a huge stress for him. It seems to fit into his character.”
But despite having a natural talent for the job, Ross is conflicted about accepting a role which requires him to lie and cheat – even if it is for the greater good.
2) Will George Warleggan be driven mad with grief?
POLDARK fans were distraught when Elizabeth Warleggan – Ross’s former lover played by Heida Reed – died at the end of the last series, leaving husband George grief-stricken.
In the new series the cold toff seems as heartless as ever, but beneath the hard exterior he is suffering – and going off the rails.
George Warleggan appears to as heartless as ever after the death of his wife Elizabeth, but beneath the hard exterior he is suffering – and going off the rails[/caption]
Jack Farthing, who plays the banker, said: “The end of the last series was seismic for George and it’s all new ground for him.
“For a great chunk of this series he is definitely grieving. He’s pretending everything is back to normal, but it is not.
Poldark fans were distraught when Elizabeth Warleggan – Ross’s former lover played by Heida Reed – died at the end of the last series[/caption]
“He’s struggling – it’s kind of post-traumatic.
“I can’t say where it goes but it was definitely challenging for him as a character and for me as an actor.”
3) Will Dr Enys reveal truth about Elizabeth’s death?
PREGNANT Elizabeth died as a result of taking a potion designed to make her go into early labour – and Dr Dwight Enys knows this.
It’s a particularly sensitive subject for him and his wife Caroline (Gabriella Wilde) as the couple lost their daughter Sarah in infancy.
Dr Dwight starts to develop an expertise in mental health after drawing on the suffering he experienced after serving in the military[/caption]
But he chooses to keep the dark secret rather than drop a bombshell on Elizabeth’s widower.
Dr Dwight knows he has to save grieving George’s crumbling sanity. In this series, he starts to develop an expertise in mental health after drawing on the suffering he experienced after serving in the military.
Luke Norris, who plays the doc, said: “We’ve seen from series four Dwight struggling with his demons coming back from fighting in France.
“So he goes into the Royal College of Surgeons as someone who is interested in mental health which, at that time and even now really, is quite a taboo subject.
“But he explores a lot of that this series. Dwight even ends up treating the king’s madness.”
4) Will golden couple Ross and Demelza stay together?
IT’S fair to say the couple’s path to true love has been a rocky one – and that could be tested yet again.
Ross’s job as an MP and his new role as a spy leads to him spending more time in London. Meanwhile, Demelza – actress Eleanor Tomlinson – has to stay in the West Country to look after their two children and run the family home.
Ross and Demelza have had a rocky path to true love and will his time spent as a spy in London put too much strain on the pair’s relationship?[/caption]
That unexpectedly puts all their lives at peril as revolutionary forces in Cornwall threaten the wealthy and powerful in the county.
But it looks like the drama’s golden couple might just have a happy ending after all.
Aidan said: “They’ve overcome a lot of things and are in a good place by the end of the series. There’s a sense of peace in their relationship that they’ve never really had before.
It looks like a happy ending for the pair, with Aidan revealing he spent a poignant last day’s filming with Eleanor Tomlinson doing bedroom scenes[/caption]
“Our last day together was quite poignant. It was just myself and Eleanor doing bedroom scenes.
“It was quite intimate, quite lovely. It seemed to make sense that it was just the two of us.”
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5) Will old rivals George and Ross finally see eye to eye?
THEY are foes who have fought over a string of issues in the past – particularly the women in their lives. But Ross and George seemed united in grief after Elizabeth died.
That all changes when Ross is contacted by his old Army colonel Ned Despard (Vincent Regan) who needs his help to get him freed from prison.
Ralph’s daughter Cecily (Lily Dodsworth-Evans) hates her father’s world view[/caption]
Ned – based on the real-life governor of Honduras of the same name – has been wrongly jailed thanks to plantation owner Ralph Hanson, played by Peter Sullivan.
The colonel is opposed to slavery – but Hanson relies on slaves for his business.
By coincidence, Ralph goes to George to ask for money to expand his business, bringing Elizabeth’s widower into conflict with Ross yet again.
Ralph’s daughter Cecily (Lily Dodsworth-Evans) hates her father’s world view.
But adding to the intrigue, she is eyed up as a new wife for George.
6) Can Drake and Morwenna start a new life together?
MORWENNA was sexually abused by her now-dead former husband, the vile Reverend Osborne Whitworth.
A brighter future lay ahead when she married her true love Drake Carne, played by Harry Richardson.
But Morwenna still carries the scars of her former relationship – and she is distraught at not being able to consummate her new marriage.
Demelza’s brother Drake is kind and patient – but can he stay with a woman who cannot give him children?
Ellise Chappell, who plays Morwenna, says: “What I love about her on this journey is that she’s been so brave and resilient.
Drake is kind and patient – but can he stay with a woman who cannot give him children?[/caption]
“She’s with the love of her life and they’ve gone through so much to get to that point.
“But, unfortunately, it is not a smooth road from there.
“As a couple, they’re both dealing with her harrowing past and the trauma she has experienced.”
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