Poldark series three UK release date confirmed as Aidan Turner reveals more about filming in France

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Fans of Cornwall based BBC period drama, Poldark, will no doubt be pleased to hear that the season three release date has been confirmed – which promises to kick-off its most explosive series yet.

Starring Aidan Turner as handsome leading man Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as his fiery wife Demelza, the popular show hooked viewers far and wide with its turbulent relationships, good-looking scenery and even better looking cast, when the first series hit screens in 2015.

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Following hot on the heels of the second series, the third instalment brings a host of new characters and worlds into play.

Ross must traverse new family, new love and new conflicts, as the French revolution casts a shadow over life in Cornwall. Facing battles both at home and abroad.

In this series, Ross tries to rebuild his marriage to Demelza, but their fragile peace is disturbed by the arrival of her deeply Methodist brothers Sam and Drake Carne, played by Tom York (Olympus) and Harry Richardson (Doctor Thorne) respectively.

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Also returning are Heida Reed as Elizabeth and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan as they expect their first child and plot their ambitious rise to be the most powerful family in Cornwall.

George will try to separate Elizabeth from her Poldark roots and will employ Elizabeth’s cousin, Morwenna, played by Ellise Chappell (The Last Dragonslayer), as a governess to Geoffrey Charles, played by newcomer Harry Marcus.

Series three also welcomes some great new characters. Sean Gilder (Shameless, Penny Dreadful) joins as Bartholomew “Tholly” Tregirls, a dangerous yet comical old friend of Ross’ father; Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul) stars as Hugh Armitage, a Naval Navigator and romantic poet besotted with Demelza and Christian Brassington (When Boris Met Dave) plays depraved clergyman, Reverand Osbourne “Ossie” Whitworth, who hopes to align himself with George Warleggan.

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Also joining the cast are: John Hopkins (Dancing on the Edge) plays Sir Francis Bassett who is looking for a candidate to lead the fight against inequality and political corruption as embodied by Lord Falmouth played by James Wilby (Titanic, Maurice). Ciara Charteris (Close to the Enemy) also joins the cast as Tholly’s wayward daughter Emma Tregirls who takes a shine to Demelza’s brother, the Methodist preacher Sam.

From musket training to hiding in castle moats, Aidan says he relished the new challenges filming for series three created.

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Aidan said: “We filmed the French scenes in this incredible place with a huge moat and rivers and lots of little places where we could duck off and run into the woods with a musket. It was great fun.

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“This series the boys got to do a lot more action filled filming. We were running around with guns and breaking into prisons and there is a lot of espionage involved, it’s tonnes of fun and great to break it up for Ross.

“The domestic life at Nampara can be fantastic too and acting those scenes with Eleanor or Beatie are always great to do but there is nothing quite like playing soldiers with the lads.”

Producer Michael Ray says: “The world of Poldark expands again in series three as we head across the sea to violent revolutionary France, meanwhile on the home-front we meet the richest and most powerful people in Cornwall. And they all want a piece of Ross.

“It was a great challenge to create the world of France, which we did on location in Cornwall and Bristol. It’s a much darker and colder place than our beloved Cornwall and it poses a constant threat to our heroes at every turn.

“Berkley Castle in Gloucestershire was transformed into a guillotine-happy port town and Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset was turned into a deadly Convent-come-Prison for a week – and they saw a lot of action! Our stunt co-ordinator had his work cut out for him.

The Aidan Turner drama will begin its new run on BBC1 at 9pm on Sunday 11th June.

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