Produced by Mammoth Screen and adapted from the renowned books by Winston Graham, Debbie Horsfield has written nine new episodes for the third series of the popular 18th Century Cornish saga.
The second series of Poldark launched on Sunday night with 5.1 million viewers and 22.7 percent audience share.
It’s 1794 and Ross must traverse new family, new loves and new battles, as the French revolution casts a great shadow over life in Cornwall.
And joining the cast are a host of new characters, explains Mammoth Screen Executive producer Karen Thrussell: “It’s with real excitement that we introduce three very talented young actors to the world of Poldark – Harry Richardson and Tom York playing Demelza’s brothers Drake and Sam, and Ellise Chappell as Morwenna, Elizabeth’s cousin. All are major players in the next volume of Winston Graham and Debbie Horsfield’s saga!”
Elizabeth’s cousin, Morwenna, (Ellise Chappell – New Blood) finds herself in George Warleggan’s employment as a governess in order to support her sisters and widowed mother. However Morwenna soon discovers that there are things more important in life than one’s sense of duty or place…
As for Demelza’s brothers, Sam (Tom York – Olympus) arrives in his sister’s world determined to follow in his father’s footsteps, by spreading the Methodist word. But how can Sam profess to save strangers when his own brother courts temptation?
Drake (Harry Richardson – Doctor Thorne), is a good-natured free spirit who has many of the qualities of his sister Demelza. He seeks his own place in the world and finds himself unwilling to settle for the limits life seeks to impose, especially concerning his romantic destiny.
Also back to film series three are Heida Reed as Elizabeth, Jack Farthing as George Warleggan, Ruby Bentall as Verity, Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Penvenen and Luke Norris as Dr Dwight Enys, John Nettles as Ray Penvenen, Beatie Edney as Prudie and Caroline Blakiston as Aunt Agatha.
Writer and executive producer Debbie Horsfield says: “We’re thrilled to be kicking off series three with a fantastic array of new characters and a story which scales new heights of conflict, feuding, passion and drama. Ross is older but not necessary wiser, and his recklessness sometimes costs him, and his loved ones, dear. We’re in for a rollercoaster ride where the stakes have never been higher.”
Poldark is adapted by Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It, The Riff Raff Element) produced by Roopesh Parekh (The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses; And Then There Were None) and Michael Ray (Poldark) and directed by Josh Agnew (Mr Selfridge, Jekyll and Hyde) and Stephen Woolfenden (second unit director on Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them). Debbie Horsfield continues to serve as executive producer alongside Tom Mullens, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the bbc.
Filming will take place across Cornwall and Bristol, including the Bottle Yard Studios, over the coming months and the series will transmit in 2017 on bbc One.
Watch out for more Poldark casting to be announced via @BBCOne and @PoldarkTV social media.
Pictured: Drake Carne (Harry Richardson), Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) and Sam Carne (Tom York)