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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 Worst Episodes of Poldark

Poldark - S1E1

#1 - Episode 1


Season 1 - Episode 1

Cornwall in England, towards the end of the eighteenth century. Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to find his beloved, but finds only one world in ruins: his father died, the family mine closed and his companion committed to marry his cousin. Fortunately for Poldark, nothing is lost...

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Poldark from 1130 votes.

Poldark - S4E3

#2 - Episode 3


Season 4 - Episode 3

Ross faces the challenge of Parliament and the Warleggans refuse to accept defeat. In Cornwall, Demelza contends with a failing mine and fixing Drake's broken heart. Dwight and Caroline welcome a baby daughter. Ossie meanwhile tends to a dying parishioner and George hosts an extravagant party at Trenwith.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Poldark from 476 votes.

Poldark - S3E3

#3 - Episode 3


Season 3 - Episode 3

Ross is ordered to leave Roscoff under threat of execution. He travels with Tholly to meet his contact in France, but finds information about Dwight's fate comes at a high price. Sam leads a congregation of methodists in protest outside the church - only to face broken promises from George, who revokes their lease on the meeting house, which leads them to turn to Elizabeth for help. Geoffrey Charles has some words of advice for Drake, who has shared a moment of intimacy on the beach with Morwenna.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Poldark from 847 votes.

Poldark - S1E7

#4 - Episode 7


Season 1 - Episode 7

Francis wrongly blames Ross for helping Verity elope with Andrew Blamey. Mark suspects Dwight and Keren of having an affair, starting a chain of events which will have tragic consequences and threatens the safety of everyone at Nampara.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Poldark from 785 votes.

Poldark - S1E2

#5 - Episode 2


Season 1 - Episode 2

Ross resolves to reopen his family mine with Francis. Demelza struggles to fit in at Nampara. Verity makes an unsuitable match, leading to a feud between Ross and Charles, which ends in a violent showdown.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Poldark from 957 votes.

Poldark - S5E2

#6 - Episode 2


Season 5 - Episode 2

Demelza and the children join Ross in London, but his dogged pursuit of Ned’s vindication finds them caught in a dangerous web. An ennobled George pursues the fruits of his new alliance, but his lingering grief has unexpected consequences. As Ned confronts the man responsible for his downfall, Demelza fears they are entangled with forces beyond their control, and Dwight’s expertise on insanity unwittingly place him and his friends on shaky ground. Meanwhile, Drake and Morwenna continue tentative steps forward in their relationship, Valentine’s spirit grows wilful in neglect, and Geoffrey Charles learns he must tread carefully if he’s to gain Cecily’s father’s favour. Ross tries to find a man who may hold the key to clearing Ned’s name, but in championing Ned’s cause, Ross finds himself in a compromising situation that will shadow him wherever he goes.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Poldark from 326 votes.

Poldark - S4E4

#7 - Episode 4


Season 4 - Episode 4

Ross is reunited with his family at home, but tragedy strikes in Cornwall. Dwight tells Caroline some devastating news about Sarah. Ossie is seen visiting Rowella by her husband Arthur, who grows suspicious. Emma returns to give Sam her answer, whilst Drake is persuaded into courting Rosina.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Poldark from 451 votes.

Poldark - S5E1

#8 - Episode 1


Season 5 - Episode 1

The Poldarks look forward to life together in peace, but a plea from his old army colonel, Ned Despard, compels Ross to the capital. Arriving in London, he finds a city gripped with paranoia, and is determined to save Ned from the conspiracy that imprisoned him. As Demelza manages their affairs in Cornwall she encounters disenchantment and a new opponent, Tess. Meanwhile, George struggles to engage with the world after Elizabeth’s death, but enters into an alliance with the merchant behind Ned’s imprisonment, Ralph Hanson, who is involved in the slave trade.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Poldark from 357 votes.

Poldark - S1E5

#9 - Episode 5


Season 1 - Episode 5

Demelza gives birth and resolves to help Verity reconcile with Captain Blamey. Ross welcomes old friend Dr Dwight Enys to Cornwall. Francis' persistent gambling threatens the security of all he holds dear.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Poldark from 852 votes.

Poldark - S3E2

#10 - Episode 2


Season 3 - Episode 2

As Elizabeth becomes more ambivalent about Valentine, George courts Sir Francis Basset for the vacant magistracy position. Ross is reintroduced to Tholly Tregirls, an old friend of his father's and a ne'er-do-well who has returned to area. Verity returns to Trenwith, awaiting word from her husband, Andrew, whose ship is en route to Lisbon, while Elizabeth feels the sting of Morwenna and Geoffrey Charles's connection.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Poldark from 856 votes.

Poldark - S1E6
#11 - Episode 6
Season 1 - Episode 6

With Jim gravely ill in Bodmin jail, Ross and Dwight launch a desperate mission to save him. Demelza is excited to attend a grand ball held by George, who is determined to ruin Ross and his smelting company.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Poldark from 809 votes.

Poldark - S4E6
#12 - Episode 6
Season 4 - Episode 6

As Dwight helps in the founding of Truro's infirmary, George finds the opportunity to ruin a business rival and the Poldarks in the process.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Poldark from 460 votes.

Poldark - S5E4
#13 - Episode 4
Season 5 - Episode 4

Ross is given hope for the Despards' return to Honduras but finds his new nemesis Ralph Hanson has returned to Truro. Demelza continues to help the community help itself, and Dwight gains unexpected patients but his absences from home have unforeseen consequences. Morwenna, still struggling with the loss of her son, starts to secretly slip away from the village, leaving Drake to wonder where she goes. Sam and Rosina become close as Rosina starts to lend a hand with the school, Geoffrey Charles and Cecily continue meeting in secret but discovering the nature of Ralph and Cary's business plan leaves them in turmoil. Meanwhile, Ralph enlists some help from Tess, and disgruntled locals to set a plot in motion to undo the Despards and the Poldarks in turn.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Poldark from 308 votes.

Poldark - S5E7
#14 - Episode 7
Season 5 - Episode 7

Demelza discovers the French are smuggling arms into Cornwall, but Ross is determined to take vengeance on Merceron and Hanson for framing Ned and returns to London to confront them. The Enyses follow, and Caroline must put her insecurities aside to support Kitty in her battle against Merceron, drawing perilous attention to herself in turn. Sam continues to meet with Tess against all caution as Cecily and Geoffrey Charles plan their escape with Ross's help, but the danger that stalks the Poldarks follows swiftly.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Poldark from 301 votes.

Poldark - S2E8
#15 - Episode 8
Season 2 - Episode 8

Ross and Dwight stand trial for their part in the smuggling. A new tin lode gives Ross renewed hope in Wheal Grace, but it is George who is there for Elizabeth when her mother falls ill and deals Ross a bitter blow.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Poldark from 934 votes.

Poldark - S5E5
#16 - Episode 5
Season 5 - Episode 5

Ross returns to London with the Despards and Enyses in the hope of securing Ned and Kitty’s return to Honduras at last. When the banks start issuing paper notes instead of gold, Demelza finds herself thrown into uncharted waters with her workers and the locals, which Tess and Jacka take advantage of. Morwenna tackles the grief of being parted from her son, and Drake goes to extreme lengths to ease her suffering. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Charles makes plain his intent to marry Cecily, landing them both in trouble. George gives his maiden speech in parliament, lending support to the slavery underpinning his new business venture with Hanson. Ross must take a stand against him, but Ned’s headstrong nature works against them both. As George conspires once again against his old enemy, his allies enact a plan to destroy their opposition for good.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Poldark from 302 votes.

Poldark - S3E7
#17 - Episode 7
Season 3 - Episode 7

George learns of a vacant seat in Parliament for a Member of Truro and decides to pursue it. Elizabeth and Agatha prepare for Agatha's 100th birthday party, to George's chagrin, and Caroline hosts a fake wedding reception to which the great and good are invited. Meanwhile, there is a new arrival at the Whitworth vicarage.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Poldark from 800 votes.

Poldark - S1E3
#18 - Episode 3
Season 1 - Episode 3

Ross celebrates the opening of Wheal Leisure as rumours spread of a scandalous relationship between him and Demelza. Francis and Elizabeth celebrate the birth of their new son. Ross must fight to save his friend Jim, sparring in court with Reverend Halse.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Poldark from 948 votes.

Poldark - S3E4
#19 - Episode 4
Season 3 - Episode 4

A grain ship grain is raided by starving villagers, and George arranges a harsh punishment for the desperate peasants while throwing a lavish Christmas party to impress the local gentry. Caroline hears news that the Admiralty has arranged for the release of the British officers, but Ross is not convinced. Demelza gives birth to a daughter, and warns Morwenna against a relationship with Drake.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Poldark from 860 votes.

Poldark - S5E3
#20 - Episode 3
Season 5 - Episode 3

Ross's tenacity in helping Ned bears fruit, but not without cost. Hanson’s presence in Cornwall raises suspicion and as Demelza wrestles with how best to equip the community to look after itself, Morwenna lends herself to the cause and finds new hope. Geoffrey Charles and Cecily’s relationship continues to blossom whilst her father Ralph pursues an arrangement with George, but George’s sanity continues to deteriorate and Cary struggles under mounting responsibilities. Bored of being neglected, Valentine decides to break out of Trenwith in search of new friends. Meanwhile, the Enyses look to challenge the county’s high society by hosting a ball to introduce the Despards, before disaster strikes and Ross and Ned must rise into heroic action together.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Poldark from 320 votes.

Last updated: apr 15, 2021



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.


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


I love the intensity of the characters


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.


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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