After such an eventful premiere — which, to be fair, was actually Episodes 1 and 2 together — Sunday’s latest “Poldark” was an exercise in frustration. The majority of the action was literally about people waiting: Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) in France waiting on word from an informant about his friend Dwight Enys (Luke Norris), who’s gone missing while out at sea, and their wives waiting to hear back about their respective fates abroad. “How frustrating is a woman’s lot,” Dwight’s wife Caroline (Gabriella Wilde) laments to Ross’ better half Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson). Ah, if only being left i were the worst of it in an episode that highlighted the gender inequities of the time.
The other source of frustration was with how poorly the female characters are being used, with only a few exceptions. As with “Downton Abbey,” one of the worst positions to be in for a woman is servitude,
Poldark returns for series three this Sunday. If you’ve never had the pleasure, here’s what you’ve been missing…
Warning: contains spoilers for Poldark series one and two.
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Welcome to eighteenth century Cornwall, land of sumptuous landscapes, confusing personal pronouns and Captain Ross Poldark. The bearer of an ancient name and a tousled mane, Poldark’s the hero around this way. (Well, he is until series two episode seven, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves).
Known variously as Ross, Mr Ross, Mr Ross Sir, Cap’n Poldark, ‘that classless ruffian bringing shame upon his family name’ or ‘ee with t’alluring scar who can blast us tin-mine any time ee choose’, depending on who’s addressing him, Poldark is cut from typical Byronic cloth. He’s a gentleman rebel given to fits of
Mon Mothma is a former senator responsible for uniting disparate planetary systems who have come under the tyrannical rule of the Galactic Empire. She is sometimes known as 'The Mother of the Rebellion', and was first introduced way back in 1983's Return of the Jedi, where she delivered the pilot debriefing before the raid on the second Death Star. She also had a small role in Revenge of the Sith,
Radio Times reports the Poldark TV show has been renewed for a third season on BBC One. According to the report, although the BBC has not yet announced recommissioning the program for a third series, filming has already been scheduled for September, 2016. In the Us, season one of Poldark premiered on PBS under the Masterpiece banner in June 2015. The second season of Poldark will air on BBC One in fall, 2016. PBS has yet to announce Poldark, season two.
A British drama series set after the American Revolutionary War, The Poldark TV series cast includes: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Jack Fathering, Kyle, Soller, Warren Clarke, Phil Davis, Beatie Edney, Ruby Bentall, Richard Harrington, Robin Ellis, Luke Norris, Richard Hope, Alexander Arnold, Pip Torrens, and Caroline Blakiston.
Yes, that is Mon Mothma you see standing in front of that familiar neon green command center. First introduced in Return of the Jedi, Mothma served in the Galactic Senate and Imperial Senate as the representative of Chandrila, the leader of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and the first chancellor of the New Republic. At the end of the Clone War,
The first trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One is officially here. We take a closer look at what it all means...
If The Force Awakens had one herculean trial to undertake - relaunch the Star Wars franchise for a new generation of moviegoers - then Rogue One has a mighty task of its own. This is, after all, both a spin-off from the numbered Star Wars entries and also a prequel to 1977's A New Hope.
As history has already taught us, Star Wars sequels aren't necessarily easy to get right.
What Rogue One does offer, however, is the possibility of opening up the Star Wars universe in ways that were previously confined to books, videogames and other media. Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) has pitched his movie as a mash-up of Dirty Dozen and space opera; its basic plot involves the Rebels' attempt to steal
"Good Morning America" debuted the teaser trailer for the first standalone story in the "Star Wars" universe, which stars Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk,and hits theaters in December.
Felicity Jones's Jyn takes center stage, like Daisy Ridley's Rey in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." We hear a younger Mon Mothma describe Jyn as on her own from age 15, reckless, aggressive, undisciplined. "This is a rebellion, isn't it?" Jyn quips. "I rebel."
Damn right, she does, and she accepts her mission: A major weapons test is imminent, and they need to know what it is and destroy it. This story is set just before the events of Episode IV, "A New Hope,
But which possess the Force and which are pure Bantha poop? Here are nine huge (and potentially spoilerific) Star Wars rumours to chew over.
1. Rey and Kylo Ren are linked more closely than you think
The Star Wars movies have always explored blood ties and family, so is the notion that Kylo Ren and Rey are separated siblings?
Offspring of Luke? Son and daughter of Han and Leia? Obviously we can't say for sure, but the latest poster has fans speculating about the positioning of Rey's staff parallel to Kylo Ren's lightsaber. The previous Comic-Con poster for The Force Awakens places Rey between the light (Finn) and dark side
But which possess the Force and which are pure Bantha poop? Here are seven huge (and potentially spoilerific) Star Wars rumours to chew over.
1. Darth Vader (and Hayden Christensen) is back from the dead
George Lucas's digital tinkering with the Star Wars trilogy resulted in Hayden Christensen taking original Return of the Jedi actor Sebastian Shaw's place as the ghostly Anakin, and according to Making Star Wars he'll be the permanent (albeit heavily scarred) face of Luke's dad throughout the new films.
The charred remains of Vader's helmet were shown in the trailer for The Force Awakens, suggesting that the character's presence will be strongly felt -
Full of Sith claim that Dame Judi Dench is being considered to play the elderly version of Mon Mothma, the senator who co-ordinated and gave the Rebel Alliance briefing in "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi".
Caroline Blakiston played the role in the original, a 30-second scene, while Genevieve O'Reilly played a young version of the character in a small role in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith". The character has since been expanded greatly in non-canon books, cartoons and comics.
In terms of far more confirmed news, Abrams himself said at the TCAs that filming on the movie officially begins in May in the United Kingdom.
Today, we may have the craziest rumor yet, with the unconfirmed news that Dame Judi Dench is being considered to play Mon Mothma in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Caroline Blakiston played Mon Mothma in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. She had only one brief scene that spanned 30 seconds, where she helped coordinate the Rebel Alliance's attack on the Death Star. Genevieve O'Reilly also played the character in 2005's Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, although her speaking scenes were cut from the final theatrical version. She appears in a non-speaking role in the finished movie, but scenes with her dialogue were included
But that’s the interesting thing about all of them; they don’t fit the American viewer’s usual stereotype of British television. You know what I’m talking about: the grainy film, the monochromatic sets, the hairsprayed men with toothbrush mustaches — the stuff you usually see on public television. Those were all absent from the aforementioned series, mostly because they were all made within twenty years ago — long after the PBS triteness evolved.
Mr. Palfrey of Westminster, however, is a television series that was made in 1984 and 1985, remaining delightfully stuck in that quaint phase of crime-solving septuagenarians. I say “delightfully,” because it’s almost old enough to
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