Pistols at dawn, jilted brides, smuggling and skulduggery, heroes and heartbreak – once again the BBC has had us on the edges of our sofas with the latest season of its leading costume drama, Poldark.
But what now for Captain Ross? Will he be returning to our screens next year for another romp along the bracing cliff paths and golden shores of our beloved Kernow?
The good news for Poldark fans is that the BBC has announced it is to commission a fifth – and what looks likely to be a final – series. It’s not yet known which of Winston Graham’s best-selling books will be pursued, but we can expect plenty of stormy plots and brooding cliff-hangers as soldier/statesman Ross wrestles with his latest round of family feuds and honourable escapades.
“As far as we’re concerned it’s going to be the last,” said scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield during a recent interview with the Radio Times, remaining tight-lipped about potential plots and stubbornly refusing to give up any spoilers.
The years are expected to have caught up with both battled-scarred Ross (now in his fifties and having returned from a mission with Wellington’s army) and his enduring wife, Demelza, who find themselves in an unsettled household courtesy of a ‘stranger from the sea’ who opens a whole new chapter full of love and danger.
Talking on the Radio Times Poldark Podcast, Susanna Lazarus discusses the leap forward into series five, which is expected to duteously follow the plotlines from books eight and nine of the Winston Graham series: “The jump ahead is very much Winston Graham’s, the author’s, jump. When you move into those two books (The Stranger from the Sea and The Miller’s Dance) the narrative has moved forward by an entire decade and the focus shifts to the younger characters.”
One of the drama’s most beguiling features, the glorious Cornish coast, is certain to have remained unruffled by the tests of time and we at Toad Hall Cottages can’t wait to gaze upon the rugged cliffs, historic fish quays and breathtaking coves during what’s looking likely to be Poldark’s last hurrah.