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Poldark (1996)

TV-PG | | Drama, History | TV Movie 3 October 1996
Ross Poldark returns from war to right wrongs and reunite with the love of his life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ross Poldark
... Demelza
... George Warleggan
... Jeremy Poldark
... Clowance Poldark
... Stephen Cravenson
... Jane Gimlet
Sarah Carpenter ... Lady Harriet
... Ben Carter
... Cuby Trevanion
James Saxon ... Prince Regent
... Lord Edward Fitzmaurice
... Dr. Dwight Enys
Fiona Victory ... Caroline Enys
Patrick Pearson ... Canning


British officer Ross Poldark returns to his native Cornwall after the Revolutionary War after escaping as a prisoner of war. He finds that because he was believed dead, his home has fallen into ruin and his estate has shifted to his mercenary uncle following the death of his father. His uncle has committed to selling the family copper and tin mines to a ruthless local land baron while his former fiancee has agreed to marry his cousin in his absence.

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Release Date:

3 October 1996 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Poldark - Tuntematon mies mereltä  »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The dark velvet Spencer with white frog closures worn by Sarah Carpenter (Lady Harriet) while reading George Warleggan's letter is the same costume worn by Natasha Little (Becky Sharp) while speaking to Mr. Wenham in the street in Vanity Fair (1998), and by Romola Garai (Emma Woodhouse) in church in Emma (2009). See more »


Version of Poldark: Episode #1.1 (1975) See more »

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Mixed Reviews
15 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

The old Poldark afficiandos regard this as a blasphemy. But I've noticed some reviews on Amazon that are a little less anorak and a little more objective, some of which are fairly favourable, one or two very much so. On its own terms it does have flaws. The book on which it is based is more an old man's ruminations than a story and any adaptation was going to run into problems. That said, the cast is great (the much-missed originals might well have floundered with their mannered performances, okay in the seventies but ... well ...), the locations and design are quite stunning and the story sort of lopes along a bit erratically but there are some good scenes. Laxton directs with finesse, in my view, and the script is more elegantly poetic than I think its audience was expecting. It does end rather suddenly but this was probably meant as a pilot to a series. On reflection, the stories are resolved, in a way, but leave something to the viewer to work out. Probably far too ambitious considering its natural constituency and in the end, possibly a compromise between something new and pandering to the old. It couldn't win. But it's actually a good piece of work. Congratulations all round.

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