Ross Poldark returns to England after fighting in the American Revolution. His family and friends thought he was dead. The woman he hoped to marry is now engaged to his cousin. His father is dead, and the property he has inherited has been allowed to deteriorate. It is the late 1700s in Cornwall, England. This is a family drama, but is also about the challenges and conflicts between the rich and the poor. It is a time when fishermen are not catching much fish, tin and copper mines are closing down because prices are too low, but the price of food and rents are high. Ross faces the challenge of making his land productive, caring for the tenants who rely on him, and trying to win back the woman he loved - or finding a reason to live without her.
Did You Know?
The horse that Ross Poldark sits in the opening montage, as he surveys the sea, then gallops cliff-side is a 16-year old draft named Seamus. When Aidan Turner came out to select a horse, he originally did not pick Seamus, favoring a horse named Jonny Wilkinson, who is larger than Seamus, and "quite a goer", in Turner's words. Trainer Mark Atkinson felt that this made Jonny Wilkinson potentially unsafe, and steered Turner toward Seamus. Turner now says that if there is any romantic involvement between cast members on the set, it is between Seamus and him, with Turner continually petting and hugging him, and overjoyed to see him again after hiatus when a new series begins. He even sleeps on him - literally. "Between scenes, I sometimes have a snooze (while still in the saddle). We really are close..." Indeed, Atkinson has gone on record as disapproving of how much doting affection that Turner lavishes on the horse in case he should become spoiled. Atkinson says that Seamus responds well to Aidan because they are both Irish; says Turner, "(He) reacts to my accent." See more
Ross Poldark is supposed to be a British Army officer, but he wears the uniforms of a Marine. See more
Referenced in Ballot Monkeys: Episode #1.3