Yes it’s a bittersweet time for fans of the BBC Drama – Poldark. The new series – Season 5 is here but it turns out this is going to be the last one. Unlike some shows which seem to go on forever, the BBC has decided to stop while ahead and finish with what sounds like the most exciting yet.
It’s surprised many fans as there is potential for much more in Winston Graham’s Poldark books although the time span of this epic does make it difficult to transfer to the screen. The final series will actually cover the lives of the two main families – Poldarks and the Wareleggans for just two years – 1800-1802. The actual period in the two books seven and eight covers a decade.
Following the end of season four last year, viewers of the BBC period drama have been highly anticipating the next chapter of the popular show based on a series of 12 novels by Winston Graham. But it has now been confirmed that the upcoming fifth season, which returns to our screens this Sunday 14 July, will draw the show to an end, making the whole thing very bittersweet.
The news was first confirmed by Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield who, while talking about the upcoming season in an interview, said: ‘As far as we’re concerned it’s going to be the last.’
On 3 February, the show’s producers Mammoth Screen confirmed that filming had wrapped, saying: ‘Poldark has officially wrapped! Thank you to our cast and crew for being simply brilliant.’
As dedicated viewers will know, season four was based on Graham’s seventh novel in the series, The Angry Tide, before going on a ten-year hiatus before the eighth novel, The Stranger from the Sea.So what can we expect from the fifth and final season?
If you’re wondering what’s going to happen, you will of course have to watch the show which is available live on the bBC and on BBC iPlayer for two months afterwards. It seems that Poldark won’t default to the BBC’s new 12 month minimum time on the BBC archive probably because they want to transfer to DVD or perhaps extend on the new streaming service Britbox.
Still for Poldark addicts in the UK and those outside armed with a suitable VPN (this one works well and 75% off!) then two months is of course plenty of time. The episodes are released one by one unlike many shows, so you’ll have to wait a few weeks if you want to binge watch them! It looks like it’s the story will get even more dramatic – here’s the BBC’s Trailer and the official synopsis of the show –
“It is a new century and with it comes the promise of a hopeful future, but the past casts a long shadow over Cornwall. Following the death of Elizabeth, Ross Poldark resolves to put Westminster behind him and spend more time with the people he loves. However, when an old friend emerges with a plea for help, Ross is compelled to challenge the establishment again. As the Enyses (Luke Norris and Gabriella Wilde) rally to join the cause, Demelza must contend with dangers close to home, while George (Jack Farthing) courts corrupt powers whose influence spans the Empire.”
Fans should brace themselves for another slight disappointment about Series 5 too – it’s only five episodes long. Although they are a decent length and of course being the BBC have no breaks or adverts. It should be remembered that a one hour BBC drama without breaks is much more than you get with most made for TV dramas.
So whatever the slight reservations and sadness, let’s all enjoy Series 5 of Poldark and it’s stunning Cornish scenery. If you want to visit and see the sights for yourself, it’s a great time to visit Cornwall as the British pound has fallen to two year lows. However if you want to enjoy the Poldark experience in Cornwall I would suggest avoiding August as it’s usually packed !