Hot Scything Action

Coming in June, PBS presents the new Poldark, and to put it mildly, I can’t wait. Here’s a preview.

Ross PoldarkStarring the lovely and talented Aidan Turner (and some other people, but don’t worry about them too much), the series is based on the blockbuster novels by Winston Graham, set in Cornwall. And you know what that means–smugglers! Duels! Naked frolics in the surf! Tin mining! Brawls! Galloping about cliffs on horseback! Shirtless scything!

robinellisSome of us who are ahem a little older may remember the 1975 version, starring Robin Ellis, who was also pretty hot, and one of my local PBS stations is repeating the series in all its faded melodramatic glory–the ultimate binge-watch: a show stuffed to the gills with people declaiming their love or damning people to hell. (Sarah Hughes, The Guardian.) One interesting detail, the scar has shifted from the right to the left of Poldark’s face (well, think about it. He’s been wounded by someone right handed, far more likely in an age where left-handers were literally beaten into compliance. Hence, the scar is on his left).

And this new series. Oh boy. Yes, there was hot scything action last Sunday, and Sarra Manning (The Guardian) sums up our hero thus:

He’s part alpha male, part metrosexual, all combined in one HD-ready, smouldering package …He’s imbued with a social conscience, sees the heroine as an equal rather than a commodity to be conquered and possessed, and manages to do all this in a pair of pleasingly tight breeches without banging on about his feelings all the time. Reader, I’d marry him.

Me too. And for those of you who absolutely must take a look Aidan Turner’s pecs and so on, here’s an interview with pics where the actor confessed he took the role to pay the bills and describes how he achieved his impressive physique: Daily Mail.

What will we do until June? Easy. Watch Wolf Hall, and here’s a preview.

Do you remember the original Poldark? Are there any other tv series you’d recommend or that you anticipate?

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7 Responses to Hot Scything Action

  1. ki pha says:

    No I haven’t seen the original Poldark but I’m anticipating the new version. =)
    And who doesn’t love looking at some hot guys in historical garb with pecs. I volunteer!

    Oh and I’m excited for the return of Outlander! And waiting for the return of Granchester.

    • I loved Grantchester too. Outlander — meh, fabulous production values, a lot of waiting for things to happen (but what a cliffhanger at the end of season1!). But I’m sure it will become a guilty pleasure.

  2. diane says:

    I can’t wait for Grantchester, too. James Norton who plays Sidney was also a great, complex villain in a wonderful series called Happy Valley that you can binge watch on Netflix.

    I couldn’t get past episode one of Outlander, but I never got past the second book either. I do understand its appeal though.

    Ah, Poldark! I loved the first version and can’t wait for the new one!

  3. Isobel Carr says:

    I grew up on the original Poldark. My mom and her friends watched it over and over, much as my gang does the Firth P&P (even though I’m a Rintoul girl; also courtesy of my mom and her friends LOL!).

    I was a huge fan of the first few seasons of BEING HUMAN, and Turner and Mitchell the vampire was a major part of that.

  4. I have fond memories of the first Poldark and I am looking forward to this one. I haven’t been able to into the Outlander books, so I haven’t watched the series as of yet. Not a fan of time travel or the hopeless love triangle deal.

  5. Elena Greene says:

    I have not seen either version but am looking forward to catching up!

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