Why everyone’s got ‘their knickers in a twist’ over the BBC’s Poldark

It’s taken the BBC a while, but they seem to have finally found a period drama that could stand head to head with ITV’s popular drama ‘Downton Abbey‘.

The Beeb’s new Cornish drama ‘Poldark‘ starring Aidan Turner has become a huge hit following its series première 4 weeks ago. Set in 1780’s Cornwall, the story follows a returnee Soldier Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) who returns home from battle in America to find his world turned upside down. His father is dead leaving the family’s property in tatters and to make matters worse, the love of his life is about to marry his cousin.

Headstrong and stubborn with a distaste for the commonalities of high society, Poldark must figure a way to improve his family’s fortunes against all odds by reopening his family’s dormant copper mine. The story sounds pretty standard enough until you add a love triangle between Ross and his cousin Francis who is now married to his former sweetheart Elizabeth.

Things get further complicated for everyone and Ross in particular after he against all principles and tradition marries his kitchen maid Demelza, a fiery red head who is anything but a lady (a rugby tackle of the house servant will convince you).

Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson). Photo: BBC.co.uk

Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson). Photo: BBC.co.uk

The fact that Aidan Turner is as good looking and sexy as hell doesn’t hurt the programme’s ratings either as ladies tune in every Sunday to catch a glimpse of the Irish actor and his gorgeous body- which the BBC has been exploiting to great effect in a number of shirtless scenes.

Last night, at the end of the 4th episode, a Twitter Q&A with the actor turned into an X rated affair as fans threw racy questions at the actor.

Here are some of the most humorous and incredible ones


Poldark is on the BBC on Sundays at 9pm. We recommend it.

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