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Poldark 2 Seasons

Season 1
4.2 out of 5 stars (166) IMDb 8.5/10

Hailed as a British Gone with the Wind, Poldark created a sensation on PBS's Masterpiece Theatre with its dashing, romantic hero and his infamous exploits. Based on the novels by Winston Graham, this classic miniseries demonstrates the enduring appeal of a gripping storyline and unforgettable characters. Returning to Cornwall after the American Revolution, Capt. Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis, The Good Soldier) finds his life at home has fallen apart. His estate is in disarray. His former flame, Elizabeth (Jill Townsend, Cimarron Strip), is engaged to his cousin. And his family's copper mines have become targets for the Poldarks' bitter rivals. Duels, smuggling, and attempted murders unfold as Ross strives to resurrect his fortunes and find true love. This spellbinding saga dramatizes the deep rifts in British society on the brink of industrialization, played out against the rocky, ruggedly beautiful Cornish coast.

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Robin Ellis, Angharad Rees

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Season 1

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1. Part 1

Limping and scarred, Ross Poldark returns from the American war to Cornwall after a daring escape from a French prison camp. He finds his debt-ridden father dead, his estate in shambles, and his beloved Elizabeth engaged to his cousin Francis.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: October 5, 1975
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2. Part 2

Ross tries to drink away thoughts of Elizabeth but eventually returns to work restoring his estate. A chance meeting at the market brings Demelza Carne, an ill-bred urchin girl, into his household. Meanwhile, his cousin Verity comes to him for help after falling for a man with a dark past.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 50 minutes Release date: October 12, 1975
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3. Part 3

Ross supports Verity's romance, leading to tragic consequences, while his opposition to the wealthy George Warleggan makes him enemies with the most powerful man in Cornwall. His relationship with Demelza deepens but is complicated by the class divide.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: October 19, 1975
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4. Part 4

While Demelza remains in misery at her father's home, the Poldark family is struck by bad fortune and a series of tragedies. Elizabeth flees her unhappy marriage and runs to Ross to rekindle their romance, but Demelza's secret threatens to come between them.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: October 26, 1975
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5. Part 5

Ross and Demelza grow closer with their marriage and the birth of their daughter. However, both their families disapprove of the union, and Elizabeth can barely hide her contempt. Ross considers a risky new business venture, and Demelza plays matchmaker for Verity.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 2, 1975
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6. Part 6

Ross's business plan attracts the attention--and the ire--of the Warleggans. Later, he makes matters worse with a daring rescue mission to free his unjustly jailed tenant from certain death. Tensions run high at the Warleggans' charity ball, where Ross exacerbates the grudge.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 9, 1975
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7. Part 7

The whole family feels the repercussions of Francis's betrayal, although Ross is distracted by a murder that casts suspicion on one of his employees. The crime sends the usually honorable Dr. Dwight Enys into a tailspin of doubt and self-loathing and sets Ross on a course that may ruin the Poldarks.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 16, 1975
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8. Part 8

Demelza tries to make peace with Elizabeth and Francis, but her goodwill has grim results. Mad with grief, Ross finds himself entangled in yet another scandal after his attempt at aiding a wrecked ship devolves into chaos and violence.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 23, 1975
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9. Part 9

Arrested for his role in the shipwreck riot, Ross seems doomed to an unfair trial. Francis seeks to make amends with Demelza, but his guilt over his part in her husband's fall from grace threatens to push him over the edge.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 30, 1975
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10. Part 10

Demelza does everything in her power to stop Ross from being unjustly convicted, but the odds are stacked against him. The key to the trial lies in the hands of former servant Jud Paynter--a tipsy layabout easily swayed by drink and coin.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: December 7, 1975
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11. Part 11

Furious over Ross's continued success, the Warleggans hatch a plan to financially devastate the Poldarks. At the same time, Ross and Francis agree to settle their quarrel and begin again as partners. Jud, too, has a business proposal for Ross, but it comes with many risks.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: December 14, 1975
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12. Part 12

After an irate Warleggan and his henchmen punish Jud for his loyalty to the Poldarks, Ross's simmering dislike for George boils over into violence. Demelza has some surprising news, but her husband's reaction is even more shocking.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: December 21, 1975
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13. Part 13

Trying to improve their financial situation, Demelza puts herself in mortal danger. A newly optimistic Francis pays a high price for his partnership with Ross, and the family seems to be on the brink of ruin once again--until an anonymous benefactor steps in.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: December 28, 1975
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14. Part 14

Ross and Demelza are overjoyed by the birth of their son and their change in fortune. Life appears to be going well for the Poldarks, until a villager's treachery puts Ross in danger and separates Dr. Enys from his betrothed.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: January 4, 1976
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15. Part 15

Ross escapes the fracas unscathed, but the villagers are not so lucky. Robbed of their land and livelihoods by George Warleggan's greed, they whisper about revolt. Desperate to leave Cornwall, Elizabeth makes an unforgivable decision, and Ross risks everything to change her mind.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: January 11, 1976
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16. Part 16

After her husband's deception, Demelza looks for revenge from some unlikely sources. Tensions run high at home and abroad: the villagers are in open rebellion and war with France lies on the horizon. The discovery of tin at the family mine gives the Poldarks financial stability, but their marriage threatens to collapse.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: January 18, 1976
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By Flight Risk (The Gypsy Moth) VINE VOICE on December 23, 2009
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I challenge anyone to watch this series and not be moved, amused, intrigued, and glued to the screen. Faithful retellings of Winston Graham's unforgettable characters, coupled with a setting that makes me feel as though I am in Cornwall in reality, make this production of POLDARK an absolutely unmissable story. I chanced upon the series years ago (I wish PBS would rerun it) and had the forethought to tape some, but not all, of the episodes. The quality of my tapes, however, is not exceptional, and I've been hoping the DVD would come along.

Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark, Angharad Rees as Demelza, Jill Townsend as Elizabeth, Ralph Bates as Warleggan, and others make this fully-fledged epic of Cornish history and the people who made that history come alive in a story at once part soap opera, part action adventure, and all wonderful. Demelza is fiery, vulnerable, intense, steadfast in her love for Ross; Ross is headstrong, volatile, proud, but highly intelligent; Warleggan is everyone's imagined perfect villain, who actually had promise at one time but now is eaten away by jealousy. Jud Paynter, played with wicked, hilarious understanding by Paul Curran, was one of the most memorable side characters in the production; he has me laughing on the floor at nearly every appearance. The interweaving of all the lives in this tale - Ross, a member of landed gentry who has the odd trait many of the overlords don't - compassion for the working class - is so intricately done that it is hard to believe they aren't the actual characters. The accents are just right (it is almost worthy of a college course to try to unravel what Jud is saying sometimes) and the heartfelt performances by everyone in the cast are amazing.
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Regarding the new release of Poldark, Series 1, I hope the visual quality is up to the original broadcast standard. When on PBS, Poldark appeared to have been filmed on video tape, that is to say, very much like daytime soap shows, very clear and lifelike, given the TV definition quality of the time.
I own a complete set of DVDs Series 1 and 2, that was produced (legally licensed) by an Ebay seller. The episodes are wonderful, but unfortunately, the visual quality is poor, as the DVDs were made by transferring VHS episodes to disc.
With this NEW distribution of Poldark Series 1, I am hoping the DVDs have been created as remastered from the original tapes (and possibly enhanced) so that the visual quality will be much higher.
For anyone not aware of Poldark, the series is indeed unique and is among the finest of shows ever brought to television. All I can say is that few small or large screen movies or series even approach it in its impact on one's memory. A magnificent series, superb cast, great drama, youthful exuberance, deeply affecting, and characters so powerfully developed that one cannot forget them... Ever!
If there is one TV series that I would have liked to author or work on, it would be Poldark.

UPDATE: December 23, 2009
I ordered this set directly from Acorn Media at a higher price; it arrived last evening. I'm very happy to report that the DVD picture quality is much better than that of the DVDs I'd purchased from the Ebay seller. The picture is CLEAR and just as it was when first broadcast on PBS. If you like Poldark, then THIS is the DVD set to buy! Highly Recommended. BTW, you'll save about $[...] if you wait for Amazon to have it available. [...] is the producer (Acorn Media) so they have exclusive distribution until March 2010.
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Count me in! I too have been waiting forever for this series to make its appearance. It's the kind of romantic swashbuckling entertainment they don't make any more. Hooray!!! Can't wait for Series 2 to be announced.
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Get swept into the 18th century amidst the gentry & poor of a romantic saga from TV CLASSICS. The DVD series (originally BBC, PBS) was based on the 13-book Poldark series (1945-2002) by Winston Graham, explaining the saga length. Of course only a fraction of the books are included, but what a stellar delight the film version is--and its historical enchantment is timeless. It has been ranked among the all-time top-10 of Masterpiece Theatre, making it a "masterpiece" in itself.

There is suspense and drama in abundance throughout this 16-episode DVD version of "POLDARK". Many would call it romance due to the ongoing relationships involved in families. Others consider it primarily historical drama due to its period artistry in costuming, sets, and dialogue. Yes there is the temptation to also list it under documentary, because of the Cornwall location and the picturesque travelogue-like camera vistas constantly across the screen. Of course being the 1700s, post American Revolutionary War, it's a bit of time travel, very realistically done footage.

Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis) returns to Cornwall (extreme SW England) to rebuild a life on the Nampara estate. Lover Elizabeth (Jill Townsend) thinking Ross killed, is spoken for by Ross' cousin. Demelza (Angharad Rees) a street-wise rag-a-muffin offers to undress for a coin. Thus the saga begins. There are financial struggles, shipwreck, family situations, fights, smuggling, murders, fires, babies, dances, and all the assorted 18th century attributes of a saga. This DVD set covers only 2 generations, not counting babies born and lost.
___Favorite quote from this DVD set: "It be a hard life, Captain. Thank God it do last no longer than a lifetime, or I couldn't live through it." Jud.
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