Man Candy Monday is typically about an actor, not a fictional character. Not that we have rules. But I’m inordinately excited about the BBC’s reboot of Poldark, coming to the U.S. on Masterpiece PBS on June 14, 2015. I was a big fan of the original Poldark series, which aired on the BBC and PBS from 1975 to 1977 — in fact, it was one of the most popular BBC shows of all time.
So I figured, why not take a look at the two different Ross Poldarks, the eponymous character who sets hearts aflame in the books the series is based on and inevitably for fans of the show. I’m sure history will repeat itself based on previews…
Poldark, 1975-1977, played by Robin Ellis
Before and after Poldark, Ellis had had a long career on the stage, in TV, and in film. He even gets a cameo role in the new version of Poldark, so watch for it! I recall him being ruggedly dreamy the last time I rewatched the series, about 15 years ago. Looking at photos now, I can see how the costumes and especially the hair look a bit dated, but it’s not bad by any means. And really, Poldark is all about the romance and melodrama.
Poldark, 2015, played by Aidan Turner
This young actor is best known for his role in The Hobbit trilogy, playing Kíli, the dwarf who falls in love with an elf. He also played Rossetti in the BBC’s Desperate Romantics, and he had a recurring role on the BBC’s supernatural show Being Human. I don’t have much opinion on his acting chops, but HELLO NURSE, he is yummy. He has enough smoulder to set all of Cornwall on fire. Whew. I will note, however, that these preview photos seem to indicate that they’re going with fairly modern hairstyles, at least for Poldark, as opposed to strictly 18th-century fashions. Thus, repeating the one obvious mistake of the first series, so in 30 years, this too will appear dated. Hey, Ellis looked pretty hot and smouldery for his era, so we get what we deserve.