Poldark: The Complete Third Season
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1794: War and the revolution in France hang over Britain. In Cornwall, George Warleggan grows his empire with a view to crush the Poldarks while Ross and Demelza attempt to repair their relationship. Ross must ask himself how long he can allow George s ascent to continue unchecked. Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear?
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To restore his family's dwindling fortune he opens one of his family's tin mines and eventually marries the spirited Demelza Carne (Eleanor Tomlinson), though his attempts to lead a peaceful life are constantly thwarted by his own vices and the ongoing feud with business rival George Warleggan (Jack Farthing).
Such was the plot of the first two seasons. The third branches into new territory whilst still carrying on the fundamental components of the show: Ross and Demelza's tempestuous marriage, the increasingly bitter hostilities between the Poldark and Warleggan households, and the question of Elizabeth's newborn son Valentine Warleggan's paternity, he having born suspiciously early several months after Ross stormed into Elizabeth's bedroom in the dead of night.
Though Ross has grown weary of the feud between himself and the Warleggans, by this stage George is practically obsessed with Ross, convinced that every move he makes is designed to mock and frustrate him. But by now Ross has bigger concerns: the reputations that are at stake should the truth of his night with Elizabeth come out, and the fact that his dear friend Doctor Dwight Enys has been captured by the French.
More trouble emerges when Elizabeth's cousin Morwenna and Demelza's brother Drake fall in love – neither family is keen on the match, but George is prepared to go to particularly cruel lengths to ensure that the gentle Morwenna becomes an asset to his own social-climbing. And the lovely Demelza is faced with a choice of her own when she becomes an object of devotion for the puppy-eyed Colonel Armitage.
The third season of the show is probably the best so far, with Ross reaching an epiphany about the kind of man he wants to be, and plenty of intrigue to mull over along the way, whether it's derived from the grandeur of government buildings or the destitution of the mining communities.
As always, the scenery and costumes are beautiful to look at, and the supporting cast wonderful. Of particular note are Harry Marcus's chipper young Geoffrey Charles Poldark and Caroline Blakiston's acid-tongued Aunt Agatha, staunch allies in their mission to needle George. There's even brief reappearances from Ruby Bentall's Verity and John Nettles's Ray Penvenen.
"Poldark" is a perfect mix of soap opera and period drama: high production values, talented cast and enough attention paid to historical detail that you don't feel too guilty for enjoying it so much.
I am anxious for the next season and wonder how far into the books they will go. At two books per season, roughly, I can see six seasons.
Actually, I absolutely love season 3 although I already know what will happen!!
George Warleggan is developing into a monster we must watch to believe.
For the first time I plan on watching each episode of season 3 over and over. I am very happy that exceptional programs like Poldark are available for purchase on Amazon. (I purchased Season 2 and Season 1 of this Poldark series and have them in my video collection.)
Buy this Season 3, you won't regret it.
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I highly recommend it. There needs to be more shows in production of this caliber.