40 years after the original series was aired on the BBC, Poldark is back and it is as magical and captivating the second time around.
The real star of the show, then and now, is Cornwall.
Much of the filming takes place at locations around the county. From the dramatic North Cornish coastline with it's enormous seas and imposing clifftop mines, to the idyllic coves of the South with their turquoise waters and sleepy fishing villages.
The Poldark novels were written by Winston Graham who spent much of his life living in Cornwall. They are an historical story of love, hate, riches and poverty that span 12 books. Winston Graham was a master at depicting with amazing detail the perils and rising fortunes of the mining world of that era. Also the great rivalries between the competing banking and mining families, and the conditions that both rich and poor lived in.
The main character, Ross Poldark, a British Army officer, returns to his home in Cornwall from the American Revolutionary War only to find that his fiancée, Elizabeth Chynoweth, having believed him dead, is about to marry his cousin, Francis Poldark. Ross attempts to restore his own fortunes by reopening one of the family's tin mines. After several years he marries Demelza Carne, a servant girl, and is gradually reconciled to the loss of Elizabeth's love. By then, Elizabeth has become a widow and marries George Warleggan, Ross's arch-enemy.
The first seven novels are set in the 18th century, until Christmas 1799. The remaining five are concerned with the early years of the 19th century and the lives of the children of the main characters of the previous novels.
Winston Graham wrote the first four Poldark books during the 1940s and 1950s. Following a long hiatus, he decided to resume the series, and The Black Moon was published in 1972. The Poldark novels have been adapted to the television screen twice by the BBC, with a first hugely popular series beginning in 1975 and a second series beginning in 2015.