Season 2 of Poldark isn’t due till the Autumn, but the BBC have announced that Aidan Turner will be returning for a 3rd time as (often shirtless) Ross Poldark in 2017.
Based on the Winston Graham novels and adapted by Debbie Horsfield, Poldark sees the titular character return to Cornwall after fighting in the American War of Independence, only to find his father has died, his estate is in ruins, and his girl has married his cousin.
The 2nd season, based on the third and fourth of Graham’s novels, moves things to 1794 and is set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. The 3rd season will be based on the fifth and sixth books.
“It’s with real excitement that we prepare for both the launch of series two and our return to Cornwall to shoot series three,” Damien Turner, MD of production company Mammoth Screen commented. “Winston Graham and Debbie Horsfield’s extraordinary flair for storytelling means the saga of Ross, his friends and enemies will go to even more thrilling places.”
Poldark has been a massive hit for the BBC, peaking at 9.4 million consolidated viewers across across TV and iPlayer. Turner, who also starred in Being Human and The Hobbit movies, had been rumoured as a possible new James Bond, so it’s no surprise the Beeb are keen to make sure they lock him down before he’s snatch up for lucrative film projects.
Poldark season 2 is due on the BBC in the Autumn. Season 3 will air in 2017.