Poldark: behind the scenes
The BBC’s award-winning adaptation of Winston Graham's Poldark novels returns for a second season this autumn and once again many of our coastal places in Cornwall take centre stage.
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.
Shining a light on Cornwall’s mining heritage
Much of the action takes place against the backdrop of our Cornish cliffs, secret coves and iconic engine houses.
The fictional family mine that Ross Poldark tries to bring back to prosperity was filmed at Botallack Mine. The derelict stone engine house which clings perilously to the cliff edge, doubles up as Wheal Leisure.
" Botallack is an incredible building because you get a real sense of the connection back to the past. "
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. "