BBC commissions six-part Poldark series

BBC director of television Danny Cohen
BBC director of television Danny Cohen. Photo: BBC
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Cutting It creator Debbie Horsfield is adapting Winston Graham’s Poldark novels into a six-part series for the BBC.

The series is one of four new dramas that has been announced by outgoing BBC1 controller Danny Cohen.

Poldark will be made by Mammoth Screen and is described as a “romantic saga” set in Cornwall during the 18th century.

Other new commissions announced include Dickensian, a new drama series written by Tony Jordan, which is being made by Red Planet Pictures. This drama will be told over 30-minute episodes and features characters from Dickens’ books, who will “meet one another in the most surprising ways”.

Meanwhile Our Zoo is written by Matt Charman and is being produced by Big Talk Productions, the company behind Rev. It is based around the man who created Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

The final commission is From There to Here, which is written by Peter Bowker and is being made by Kudos Film and Television.

It is described as a “family saga” which begins in Manchester in 1996, on the day an IRA bomb exploded in the city centre.

Cohen, who is leaving his post to become the BBC’s director of television, said: “It has been a joy and privilege to commission programmes for BBC1. I hope audiences enjoy the range and creative ambitions of these new dramas for the channel.”

6 Comments

  1. I hope the news about ‘Poldark’ is a joke. The original series cannot be bettered. It’s been tried before and failed. Leave us ‘Poldark’ as we know and love it, please!

  2. As far as bringing the superb writing skills and genius of the impeccably talented author, Winston Graham, back to the forefront of current literary popularity where he belongs, this can only be good news. His Poldark saga is told in a series of 12 wonderful books and the question has to be posed as to whether this can be successfully filmed in only 6 one-hour episodes. Poldark has the potential for epic brilliance, enough to rival and surpass that achieved by Downton Abbey and in order to do justice to the story line of this wonderful and beloved saga, many of us believe that it should be produced in stages, concentrating on fewer of the books in each series of 6 episodes. The devoted fans of Poldark have waited patiently for so long to see it revived and Winston Graham’s fabulous story should be given the time it deserves to create a credible new production which, there is no doubt would be an epic and major run away success.

  3. Of course! Richard Armitage would be perfect in the role. He’ll bring some gravitas to the part that simply is beyond the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Matt Smith and Nicholas Hoult – fine actors though they are.

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