Critical acclaim has greeted the eagerly awaited Cornish based costume drama Poldark which premiered on BBC TV on Sunday, pulling in an impressive seven million viewers.
The ruggedly good looking star of the show is the stunning Cornish coastline – one TV reviewer posed the question ‘who needs Croatia when you can come here!’ And the scenery has been more than matched by the handsomely rugged Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark, who caused a Twitter storm with his female admirers.
As Ross cantered along the Cornish cliff tops, tousled hair tucked under a tricorn hat – not an easy look to carry off but mastered to perfection here – his brooding intensity set the tone for what is going to be a huge hit for the BBC over the next seven weeks.
The first episode set a cracking pace as Ross returned from the war in America to discover his father had died; Namparra, the family home, was a crumbling wreck, and the family tin mines were derelict. His beloved Elizabeth had concluded he was dead (no mobile phones in those days so how was a girl to know) and was set to marry his wishy washy cousin Francis and his old enemy George Warleggan made an early appearance. By the time he had rescued Demelza and been soundly beaten by her angry father and brothers viewers were captive to the unfolding drama.
Cornish tourist sites enjoyed an internet surge as viewers found out more about the programme’s locations and the head of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, says that prime time TV coverage like this will have a big impact on the county. The tourist organisation has been creating competitions and holiday initiatives based on the programme. The much admired original Poldark, aired 40 years ago, resulted in a tourism boost and Cornwall has long attracted TV and movie productions.
The locations featured in Poldark are all within easy reach of guests at CLC Trenython Manor.