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Poldark 2015 - S02 E01

Drama . History . Romance

George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) is building his case against Ross (Aidan Turner) so Pascoe forces Ross to prepare a will in case the worst happens - while Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) visits their neighbor Ray Penvenen (John Nettles) to gain an ally. Francis (Kyle Soller) seeks reconciliation but Ross refuses, and Francis takes this badly. Elizabeth (Heida Reed) attempts to negotiate a ceasefire between Ross and George too, persuading George to offer Ross his help in influencing the court. However, Ross rejects this offer as well, seeing that the price of friendship with George is too high. The court case takes place in Bodmin, which is overwhelmed with crowds who are there for the county election. George is funding a candidate, Unwin Trevaunance (Hugh Skinner), in the hope of extending the reach of his own influence; however, Unwin is more concerned with his pursuit of Ray Penvenen's niece, Caroline (Gabriella Wilde), who herself has taken a liking to Dr Dwight Enys (Luke Norris). Francis, consumed with guilt for betraying Ross, tells George what he really thinks of him before making his way into Dwight's lodgings and attempting to kill himself. George offers to stand up for Ross in court if he will accept his friendship, but Ross refuses. Demelza tries to meet Justice Lister to tell him that George is perverting justice but George has the doormen prevent her from entering. Ross begins to realize that he may well be hanged tomorrow...

Episode Title: Episode 1
Airs: 2016-09-04 at 21:00
  • Nina Terrero

    The series is impeccably produced, but the real draw is Turner. [19 Jun 2015, p.58]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The sheer blissful goofiness of [Poldark and Demelza's] burgeoning romance (with swelling music, furtive glances, and Harlequin romance novel compositions) encapsulates the pleasures of the series as a whole. This is trash done ecstatically well.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Poldark is juicy, romantic, melodramatic storytelling at its most enjoyable.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It's all great, escapist fun.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Turner brings the necessary swoon-worthy qualities to the emotionally wounded lead (who knew there were ab exercises back in the 18th century?), but the cast is uniformly good.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Aidan Turner cuts a dashing figure as the reincarnation of Poldark, reviving an early Masterpiece breakthrough from the mid-70s with swarthy, romantic vigor. [8 Jun 2015, p.13]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s ridiculous, it’s sumptuous, it’s perfect summer sorbet.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Poldark doesn't rise to the dramatic heights of Downton Abbey. And though it sometimes takes itself too seriously, it is an eminently watchable yarn.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    An enjoyable mix of romance, period adventure and serialized plot turns, Poldark proves an entertaining, 18th-century summer soap.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    [Aidan Turner] strips Poldark’s Henry Higgins-like tendencies of any potentially unseemly qualities, which helps to make him easy to root for. Like everything else in Poldark, he’s old-fashioned and winning.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    By now, you’ve grasped Poldark is a soap, a four-letter word by PBS’ standards.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Nothing stands out (including the blandly pretty cinematography and insistent music), but it’s saucier than the sum of its parts.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Poldark has no patience for dramatic tension. It is always in a rush. It turns what should be a deliciously drawn-out love story into a fait accompli.... It is too in love with Poldark.

    Slate Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Both the scenery and the star of Poldark look great, but the storytelling isn’t quite as effective.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review