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To Poldark or not to Poldark?

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Offline Daphne Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
05 Mar 2015, 08:12 AM | Post: #1

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To Poldark or not to Poldark?

I absolutely adored the original Poldark series from the 1970s and still re-watch the videos. I have all twelve of Winston Graham's brilliant Poldark novels. I'm still in love with Robin Ellis. Should I watch the new series starting on Sunday or will I end up comparing and criticizing?
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05 Mar 2015, 08:25 AM | Post: #2

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RE: To Poldark or not to Poldark?

Give it a go. You will never know you may enjoy it as much as the original.
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NO! Don't do it, Daphne. This new upstart can't possibly be as good as Robin Ellis was.
By the way, if anyone would like DVDs of the original but in Spanish please let me know - my rarely-mentioned-for-good-reasons husband gave me these for Christmas [rolls eyes].
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RE: To Poldark or not to Poldark?

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I agree with Cecilia, and you can add me to the list of Robin Ellis "droolers". Smile

I've never watched it again since seeing it on TV in the 70s, and I've long forgotten all the ins and outs of Poldark's battles with the Warleggans, but...no. I shan't watch.
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RE: To Poldark or not to Poldark?

I've just dug out my old Poldarks - two VHS tapes and a couple of DVDs, but only seeming to go half way through series two. I could always watch these again (again).
Cecilia - Spanish, but with a Cornish accent, presumably - interesting, although not necessarily comprehensible. Still, worth watching for the scenery (and that includes Robin Ellis).
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05 Mar 2015, 11:20 AM | Post: #6

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RE: To Poldark or not to Poldark?

Did you see The One Show last night fellow Poldark lovers? They had both the new Poldark on and in my humble opinion the best eye candy ever. If you missed it catch it on iPlayer. I am sure they said that the scar was on the opposite cheek now, but don't quote me on that.

I will have a look at the new version, though it will be hard to match it. We have to remember the technology has changed now so that might make a difference.
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RE: To Poldark or not to Poldark?

(05 Mar 2015 11:20 AM)sujay Wrote: Wrote:  I am sure they said that the scar was on the opposite cheek now, but don't quote me on that.

So it is! Robin Ellis had the scar on his right cheek, Aidan Turner on the left. Now I will have to re-read the book to see if it was ever specifically said where the scar was. Also, Elizabeth in the new version, although very beautiful, looks rather dark and statuesque, whereas I always pictured Elizabeth Chynoweth as very fair, delicate and almost ethereal. There I go, picking on things already, and I haven't even watched it yet!
The books are available on Kindle, starting with Ross Poldark and, unsurprisingly, seem to be selling well at the moment. I have my well-thumbed paperback version with Robin Ellis on the cover, so my afternoon is now sorted.
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RE: To Poldark or not to Poldark?

It's set in Cornwall. You may as well watch it for the scenery if nothing else.
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RE: To Poldark or not to Poldark?

Lets not forget Demelza. Angharad Rees was incredibly sexy. 
Not sure if the new one could reproduce that sexy smile.
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(05 Mar 2015 09:07 AM)cecilia_writer Wrote: Wrote:  NO! Don't do it, Daphne. This new upstart can't possibly be as good as Robin Ellis was.
By the way, if anyone would like DVDs of the original but in Spanish please let me know - my rarely-mentioned-for-good-reasons husband gave me these for Christmas [rolls eyes].
Haha! That's very funny, Cecilia!
I agree with Rosen. If for no other reason I might watch it to look at beautiful Cornwall again.
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