TV drama Poldark premiers this Sunday, March 8, on BBC 1, at 9pm. Filming for the series took place in and around Bath with the help of Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy, Being Human) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley, The White Queen, Jack The Giant Slayer) star as Ross Poldark and Demelza in Debbie Horsfield’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed sweeping saga set in 18th century Cornwall.
Robin Ellis, who played Ross in the original television adaptation of Poldark, will be joining the cast for two episodes to play Reverend Halse.
Executive producer Karen Thrussell says: “We’re so thrilled by the Poldark cast, and we feel particularly privileged that Robin Ellis has agreed to join this stellar line up – it’s a great tribute to Debbie Horsfield’s scripts.”
Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Film Office was instrumental in finding several locations in the area, including Prior Park College.
Cllr Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “Bath continues to draw high-profile productions to its film-friendly locations, and our Film Office works hard to support this as it’s great for the local economy. Last month we saw Sherlock being filmed here in Bath and I look forward to watching our city feature in Poldark.”
James Murphy-O’Connor, Headmaster at Prior Park College said: “The Mansion Hall was transformed into a sumptuous set appropriate to the late 18th century in which Poldark is set, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of the shoot when the programme is aired.”
The production also filmed at Corsham and Chavenage House.