Poldark: behind the scenes
The BBC’s award-winning adaptation of Winston Graham's Poldark novels returns for a third season this summer. Once again many of our coastal places in Cornwall take centre stage but there are some newcomers too.
The series follows the return of Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, from the American War of Independence. Finding his Cornwall family home in ruins and his former sweetheart engaged to his cousin, he works to resurrect his fortunes and develops a new love interest.
Historic houses join the cast
As well as the Cornish coastline part of the action in series three takes place at Killewarren the home of Ray Penvenen and his niece Caroline.
Great Chalfield Manor in Wiltshire doubles up as Killewarren and it appealed to the production team because it is still lived in by the original family, the Floyds. This gives ‘Killewarren’ a feeling of warmth and domesticity which couldn’t be recreated in a studio.
Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire, an impressive 17th-century mansion near Bath is another new location to look out for.
Shining a light on Cornwall’s mining heritage
The fictional family mine that Ross Poldark tries to bring back to prosperity continues to be filmed at Botallack Mine. The derelict stone engine house which clings perilously to the cliff edge, doubles up as Wheal Leisure.
Building Poldark’s Cornwall
" So much of the piece came alive when we were filming in Cornwall and everyone found their character in the outdoors. "