Poldark (2015– )
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Episode #5.1 

Ross and Demelza's domestic life is interrupted when a plea from Ross's old Army colonel compels him to London. Following Elizabeth's death, George's grief leads the Warleggans into uncharted territory.


Sallie Aprahamian




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Turner ... Ross Poldark
Vincent Regan ... Ned Despard
Luke Norris ... Dwight Enys
Kerri McLean ... Kitty Despard
Jack Farthing ... George Warleggan
Woody Norman ... Valentine Warleggan
Eleanor Tomlinson ... Demelza Poldark
Wensdae Gibbons Wensdae Gibbons ... Clowance Poldark
Oscar Novak Oscar Novak ... Jeremy Poldark
Beatie Edney ... Prudie Paynter
Freddie Wise ... Geoffrey Charles
Pip Torrens ... Cary Warleggan
Tom York ... Sam Carne
Harry Richardson ... Drake Carne
Ellise Chappell ... Morwenna Carne


Ross can't resist responding to his dubiously-jailed former Virginia campaign CO and mate colonel Ned Despard's plea to help liberate him and fight the Mosquito Coast wood company conspirators who eliminated him as competition. Elisabeth's death 'in childbirth' embitters George further, near insanity, unable to tolerate even Valentine referring to his late mother, and even more eager for revenge on cuckolding Ross. he not only refuses to honor his pledge to pay for Geoffrey Charles's switch from academic to military education but plans to ally himself with Ned's nemesis company boss Ralph Hanson and maybe even his daughter Cecily, who seems to have her own dark plans. Ned's colored wife joins the abolition movement. Drake shows boundless patience when his wife Morwena remains unable to 'stand' physical intimacy. Ross finds a magistrate willing help Despard whom he failed to spare conviction, especially after the government asks Ross to do 'secret services' after he prevents an armed ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | History | Romance







Release Date:

29 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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Masterpiece Theatre See more »
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Elizabeth Warleggan's gravestone describes her as the beloved wife of Sir George Warleggan, but George has not yet received his knighthood so cannot be known as Sir. See more »


Featured in The Sara Cox Show: Episode #1.25 (2019) See more »

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High drama
20 July 2019 | by clairejbonnySee all my reviews

Really impressive first episode. Debbie Horsfield has gone off book for this fifth and final series and although I had reservations about that, having seen the first episode, I think she's done well. It was a fast paced episode, setting up various plots and new characters and was exciting and dramatic

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