8.1
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Poldark

Poldark

BBC One 2015

Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Poldark

Poldark - S4E8

#1 - Episode 8

8.27

Season 4 - Episode 8

Elizabeth obtains a tonic designed to induce an early labour, she hopes to persuade George that Valentine is his child once and for all, but the Warleggan's rift is plain as they return to Cornwall. Ross returns to Cornwall to mend things with Demelza, while Demelza helps Morwenna and Drake build a future.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Poldark from 458 votes.

Poldark - S2E10

#2 - Episode 10

8.21

Season 2 - Episode 10

Elizabeth tells George that she is carrying his child and George continues to mark his territory by erecting fences around Trenwith, denying commoners passage across his property. Dwight learns of Caroline's new engagement and enlists in the navy. Ross decides he must mend the rift between Caroline and Dwight before it is too late. Ross is called to Trenwith by George, suspicious that the purchase of Geoffrey Charles' share in the mine was fraudulent. Pascoe reveals to Ross that George will seek to bankrupt him through court proceedings. Demelza is assaulted for trespassing on Warleggan land provoking the villagers to march on Trenwith with vengeance in mind - will Ross be able to disband the mob? Elizabeth, meanwhile, is forced to face the possibility that her pregnancy might not, in fact, be the result of her union with George.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Poldark from 905 votes.

Poldark - S3E9

#3 - Episode 9

8.11

Season 3 - Episode 9

The Poldark family finds itself challenged on all fronts and threatened as never before.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Poldark from 771 votes.

Poldark - S5E8

#4 - Episode 8

8.09

Season 5 - Episode 8

Several months have passed as Ross gets in deeper with the French invasion force as they prepare to welcome their leader, General Toussaint. However, Ross's belief in the need for secrecy revives old insecurities and risks his friends, his marriage and his life. Meanwhile, Morwenna and Drake are ready to welcome their baby, and George stumbles on the means to undo Ross once and for all with the help of Merceron and Hanson. With their lives are on the line, Ross and his friends must launch their most daring plan yet, to save themselves and the country from enemies both at home and abroad.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Poldark from 285 votes.

Poldark - S3E5

#5 - Episode 5

8.09

Season 3 - Episode 5

The French Royalists plan an invasion, which Caroline hopes will lead to Dwight's release. However, Ross is convinced this will only make matters worse, and recruits a band of allies, including Tholly, Zacky, Drake and Henshawe, to help him free Dwight from prison. George schemes to further his political ambitions, and when he learns of Ross' plan, he uses it as a means to discredit his rival, accusing him of recklessness - a charge that may prove true when the rescue mission proves to have fatal consequences.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Poldark from 828 votes.

Poldark - S2E5

#6 - Episode 5

8.08

Season 2 - Episode 5

An informant in the smuggling ring poses a serious threat to all. George buys Ross's debt to finally crush him. Caroline returns to Cornwall to make an announcement.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Poldark from 974 votes.

Poldark - S1E8

#7 - Episode 8

8.06

Season 1 - Episode 8

George expands the Warleggan empire, launching a new ship and bankrupting Carnmore. Ross blames Francis, but when Francis and Elizabeth fall sick with a life-threatening illness, Demelza risks her own life to save them.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Poldark from 825 votes.

Poldark - S2E2

#8 - Episode 2

8.00

Season 2 - Episode 2

As the election leads to rioting, Elizabeth goes to Bodmin herself. Demelza tries to influence the case by making a personal appeal to the judge, but George has a number of tricks up his sleeve as the day of the trial arrives.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Poldark from 1021 votes.

Poldark - S2E7

#9 - Episode 7

8.00

Season 2 - Episode 7

Caroline convinces Dwight they must elope for a new life in Bat, as Ross sails with Trencrom to meet with Mark Daniel. Caroline is forced to pull her plan forward but it is threatened when Rosina dislocates her knee again. Dwight believes he can treat her and still rendezvous with Caroline; however, he and Demelza become suspicious that Charlie Kempthorne is the informant when they learn he has avoided the smuggling run. Dwight confronts Charlie, and a fight ensues. Demelza realises Ross will be walking into an ambush and attempts to warn the boat, but McNeil and his soldiers arrive at Nampara, leaving her under guard. Dwight incapacitates Charlie and escapes as Caroline sneaks out of Killewarren to meet him. Dwight attempts to warn Ross but is too late. Will Ross find a way to evade the soldiers? Having paid men to harass Trenwith with the aim of driving Elizabeth to him for protection, George arrives at her home and posts his men to guard Elizabeth, who is both shocked and grateful for George's attention. Dwight is released by the soldiers, but finds Caroline has already returned to London

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Poldark from 928 votes.

Poldark - S1E4

#10 - Episode 4

7.97

Season 1 - Episode 4

News of Ross and Demelza's marriage spreads through the community, damaging Wheal Leisure's prospects. Demelza is filled with anxiety when Francis and Elizabeth invite the newlyweds to spend Christmas at Trenwith.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Poldark from 895 votes.

Poldark - S2E1
#11 - Episode 1
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 1

Ross prepares for his trial as Demelza and Elizabeth try to help his cause. George does everything in his power to harm Ross, Francis wrestles with his conscience, and Dwight clashes with an entitled heiress, Caroline Penvenen.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Poldark from 1097 votes.

Poldark - S2E6
#12 - Episode 6
7.96
Season 2 - Episode 6

Ross tries to financially support Elizabeth in the wake of Francis's death, but George calls in Ross's debt. Demelza toils loyally to protect all at Nampara, and Dwight and Caroline continue to meet in secret.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Poldark from 938 votes.

Poldark - S4E2
#13 - Episode 2
7.96
Season 4 - Episode 2

The Poldarks determine to get their relationship on track and the Enyses announce they're expecting a baby. Hugh's worsening health threatens his chance to stand in the election, and the prospect of him remaining in Cornwall adds pressure to the Poldarks' fragile marriage. At the Sawle Feast, Tom Harry challenges Sam to a wrestling match. When Emma offers herself as the prize, Sam accepts.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Poldark from 492 votes.

Poldark - S5E6
#14 - Episode 6
7.94
Season 5 - Episode 6

Ross throws himself into fighting for Ned’s liberty as George prepares to marry Cecily and finalise his deal with Hanson and Merceron. Geoffrey Charles is forced to make a desperate plan to elope with Cecily before the wedding, and Demelza uncovers a theft at the mine. While Drake and Morwenna enjoy wedded bliss at last, Sam’s growing attachment to Rosina comes under threat by Tess’s claim to seek a purer life. With Ned’s trial looming heavy and the odds stacked against them, Ross pleads for Dwight’s help in a daring attempt to save his friend.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Poldark from 303 votes.

Poldark - S3E8
#15 - Episode 8
7.93
Season 3 - Episode 8

Ross is adamant George will lose in the election and determines to get a headstone made for Agatha's grave, something Trenwith has neglected. George, meanwhile, questions Dwight over Valentine's legitimacy and - paranoid and jealous - shuts himself to Elizabeth, as Rowella begins to seduce Osborne Whitworth and Demelza receives tokens of Hugh's affection. Sam continues to pine after Emma, as Dwight instructs Osborne to forego intercourse with Morwenna and Cary informs Lord Falmouth that the Warleggans will be opposing Falmouth in the election. Ross returns from his mine to discover Hugh Armitage at Nampara with Demelza - and this time Hugh's attention does not go unnoticed..

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Poldark from 812 votes.

Poldark - S4E5
#16 - Episode 5
7.93
Season 4 - Episode 5

George increases the strain on the struggling poor; To his frustration, Ross's efforts in Westminster meet successive failures, driving Ross to make a risky gambit. The adversity the Poldarks face, however, may not be confined to Cornwall alone.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Poldark from 452 votes.

Poldark - S2E3
#17 - Episode 3
7.92
Season 2 - Episode 3

Ross and Demelza face financial ruin, and George plans revenge on Jud. Francis, meanwhile, tries to rebuild his life and extends an invitation to Ross and Demelza.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Poldark from 982 votes.

Poldark - S3E6
#18 - Episode 6
7.92
Season 3 - Episode 6

The Poldarks learn that their friend Dr Enys needs immediate care, suffering distress following his internment in France. In reaction to Ross' rescue of Hugh Armitage, George desperately needs to secure a connection to the nobility and so plans to force Morwenna's marriage to Osborne. Geoffrey Charles gives Drake his bible as a gift and naively reveals that Morwenna is to be wed. Drake confronts Morwenna and she agrees to marry him instead. Morwenna returns to Trenwith to tell George and Elizabeth that she will refuse Ossie's offer of marriage. Out of spite, George has Drake arrested for the theft of Geoffrey Charles' valuable bible, a crime for which Drake will hang.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Poldark from 841 votes.

Poldark - S2E9
#19 - Episode 9
7.92
Season 2 - Episode 9

Demelza refuses to speak to Ross and expects him to return to Elizabeth, abandoning her and Jeremy. Elizabeth and Agatha believe the same and Elizabeth writes to George to postpone the wedding. George rides to Trenwith to make Elizabeth agree to another date, ensuring his plans are not usurped. In Truro, Tonkin invites Ross to join him in a prospering shipbuilding partnership. Meanwhile, Demelza accepts Sir Hugh Bodrugan’s invitation to his ball, where she finds Captain McNeil, inviting him to her room, having justified the possibility of adultery as something Ross has driven her to. Ross finds Demelza on Hendrawna Beach but hasn’t the words to build a bridge between them. Ross is beckoned to the mine where they have cleared the collapse and come upon the richest lode of tin Henshawe has ever seen - may Ross soon may be free of debt?

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Poldark from 948 votes.

Poldark - S4E7
#20 - Episode 7
7.92
Season 4 - Episode 7

The Poldarks, Enyses and Warleggans enjoy London's distractions. George dotes on Elizabeth, delighting at the prospect of an heir and announcing plans to host a charity ball, but their domestic bliss soon comesunder threat. At the Warleggan ball Adderley takes a fancy to Demelza, betting George he'll cuckold Ross within a month, which gives rise to deadly complications.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Poldark from 455 votes.

Last updated: feb 01, 2021

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I have a habit of checking out source material before diving into a new show. Most times it doesn't pan out because I'm not interested enough to invest time or I prefer the medium of tv. Sometimes the universe gifts you with a little nugget that you keep around for the rest of your life. In this instance, it was a big beautiful shining nugget. I took a gander at the first book before watching the first episode and at that point, I knew that this was one of those series that you were better off reading before watching. Before series one came to a close I'd finished the first two books, which the 8 episodes covered. By the time the year was out I had finished the first 7 Poldark books. I'm so grateful for stumbling upon these, immensely human and, deeply flawed characters that often falter and fall from grace but aren't so far removed from us, the viewer, as to be unrealistic or inherently Literary. Demelza and Ross are some of the best-written, well-developed characters I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The show is great on its own; enjoyable, interesting without being gimmicky, and importantly, heartbreaking without being cheap. I recommend the books if you're even remotely interested or have ever entertained the idea of maybe one day having a skim through one of them. It's worth your time and will increase your enjoyment of the characters and storylines tenfold.

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It's the new Downton Abbey but so so SOOOOO much better.

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I love the intensity of the characters

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This is a beautiful, beautiful show with fantastic, intense, well developed characters and a very gripping story. It will fill you with joy, make you angry, break your heart and keep you on the edge of your sit so many times you'll lose count. The last season wasn't as good as the rest of the series (in my opinion) and it's a shame. Maybe if it had covered the story that was so rushed in the last two episodes it would have been better, but still, looking back I just don't care. Poldark is and will be one on my absolute favourite shows. I enjoyed it deeply and will watch in again in the future for sure, just to be back with the characters I came to love so much.

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This show is worth watching if you have an interest in the period. The acting is top notch. However, the writing leaves a bit to be desired at points, for me. There are a handful of times when a character reacts to something as if they are just learning of it, when it was explicitly shown in a previous episode that they already knew of this. It's kind of like the writers felt "This would be a nice point to have a dramatic reaction from the character, so lets just pretend as if s/he is learning of this for the first time." It really deflates my interest as a viewer.

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