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New retelling of 18th century Cornish romantic saga one of four new dramas announced

BBC1 is to broadcast a new adaptation of Winston Graham's Poldark novels, retelling the 18th century Cornish romantic saga that was previously televised by the corporation in the 1970s.

The six-part series is being written by Debbie Horsfield, whose credits include Cutting It. It opens with Ross Poldark returning from a foreign war to find his father dead, the family home fallen into disrepair and his fiancée – who believes him dead – engaged to his cousin.

The story revolves around Poldark's attempts to restore his fortunes by reopening one of the family's tin mines, while romantically he is torn between his ex fiancée, Elizabeth, and servant girl Demelza Carne.

BBC1's previous adaptation of the first seven books of Graham's 12 Poldark novels was broadcast over two series from 1975, starring Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark, Jill Townsend »

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