What a wonderful exposition of your evening, Namps! It does sound as though any fears we may have had might melt away.
Like Dwight, I think if the storylines are true to the books all the way through (won't they have fun when it gets to Waterloo- all those people!), I shall feel I can watch it. Never having made it through the first series, I shall be like the younger generation of viewers, only with wrinkles.
At least you are going to appear, Dwight - nobody seems to even think about me and Mr Gimlett, slaving away in Nampara, let alone include us in the series!
One, or two, lucky ladies. Very jealous, but rather relieved that you felt that the 2015 Poldark didn't disappoint, and that us old faithful diehards from the 1970s would be equally impressed. Having first met Poldark via the TV Series, and even though I have read the books so many times, my own mental images are not unnaturally of the original actors as the characters. However, having had to believe in so many Doctor Who reincarnations, and with the promise that this Series will faithfully follow the novels, and anyway, just because it IS Poldark, I confess to looking forward to re-entering Winston Graham's world of Poldark once again. (Even if I don't actually re-appear just yet ! !)
A FEW PERSONAL THOUGHTS ON THE POLDARK PREVIEW ............
I can only say that I found this whole experience quite surreal; I was totally overwhelmed!!!! This has been a dream that my friends and I have been holding onto for over twenty years, almost like a baby we had been nurturing that was just about to take its first steps in the world and it was with great excitement and trepidation that we entered the theatre to take our seats. There was an almost tangible feeling of nervous anticipation and serene quiet floating through the electrically charged atmosphere and this seemed to be reflected in the eyes of everyone present. Many of us present had been caught-up in the astonishing and compelling grip of this phenomenal story, first told on television forty years ago, the impact of which had created an eternal fascination and immense affection for the wonderful writing of the incomparable Winston Graham, his Poldark folk and the magic of Cornwall, which had embedded itself into the very core of our being and grown stronger throughout the passing years. As we sat there together, my friend and I were almost trembling with the excitement and nervous suspense. We felt like we wanted to pinch ourselves to ensure we hadnt entered into some kind of alternate universe, we had waited so long for this moment and after all this time it was hard to believe the shiny, new adaptation of our favourite books was really about to unfold before our eyes in all its wondrous glory. The evening was introduced by Ben Stephenson, Head of Drama for the BBC and after an enthusiastic round of applause and an audible intake of breath, the film rolled and all eyes were hypnotically drawn to watch the long-awaited magic unfold.
In an instant, I was beguiled and entranced. The cinematography was a sensory delight; intensely exquisite. If one didnt love and adore Cornwall before, the stunning photography ensures that this will be the start of a never ending love story for the mystical, magical, beautiful and romantic county. The opening scenes were action packed, colourful and fast paced, the story line informative, showing the violence of war and the origins of our hero's facial scar and a little about his youthful character. Ross Poldark, the soldier, a renegade young gentleman with a proud spirit and rebellious nature, dominates the screen and from the very first glance, there is no doubt that Aidan Turner has climbed into the very skin of his character, creating his inspired and very personal interpretation of the role in an extraordinarily believable manner. All my doubts about his casting as Ross Poldark dissolved without trace as I watched his masterful portrayal of our hero; a strong and passionate individual with a keen sense of morality, who doesnt suffer fools gladly or refuse to stand up for his beliefs and who has a deep sense of social justice and cares deeply about people and their quality of life. At the root of his being he is a romantic man, although his ego makes it hard for him to express his feelings, but he loves passionately and defends those he loves with every ounce of his strength. I am immensely happy and relieved that Aidan Turner will bring to life a very believable Ross, playing it his way and I believe that he understands well the gift of the role he has been given and will protect and respect the reputation and image of this dearly loved character in a way that would have made Winston Graham himself, a very happy and contented man.
Eleanor Tomlinson makes a really lovely Demelza. She seems to embody the gentle spirit and soul of this passionate, beautiful, down-to-earth character perfectly and, ... even with the golden hair ... she lends a much a more wistful, thoughtful feel to the role and I believe she will bring us a really warm- hearted, quick-witted, more intelligent, empathetic and believable Demelza by playing the role her way. I don't think there will be many shadows of Angharad in her performance, aside from the colour of the hair. She definitely understands the passion and great devotion that her character evokes in the hearts of so many and is aware of the responsibility that she has taken on in creating a Demelza that the viewers will once again fall in love with and hold in their affection as dearly as Winston Graham did when he created this girl, this young woman, who captivated his affection so endearingly and forever.
Oh, and the music. It's superb, simply beautiful! It doesn't overpower the film, but lends an organic, perfectly natural feel, underpinning the story and working softly in tandem with the stunning photography and the wonderful scenes. I think Anne Dudley has done a marvellous job and can't wait to hear and see more.
It's amazing how quickly the rest of the cast embody their characters and after the first sight of them on screen, our perception changes and we recognize them, believe in them, with, for me anyhow, no complaint. There will inevitably be comparisons made with the previous actors and the new, over the way their roles are portrayed, but this piece stands alone, not a replacement for the old, but a new adaptation, which brings life soaring, swooping and singing, passionately and vigorously pulsing the blood back into the heart and soul of this wonderful story.
There were a good selection of questions, most of the ones I wanted to ask were already addressed by the panel, chaired by Emma Kennedy. The hair issue wasn't brought up specifically but they did touch on it when they were talking about sticking as closely as they could to the period in the production. I didn't get chosen to ask a question, but I was happy that most of mine were addressed.
No doubt about it! It is stupendous! Quite breath-taking! Poldark is re-born, and I think you'll agree when you see it, that it's triumphantly well done and sympathetically adapted for the screen by the wonderful talent of Debbie Horsfield. I dont think anyone can be disappointed. I absolutely loved it and I cant wait for it to be screened on TV so that the world will again have the great good fortune to appreciate and enjoy the magnificent stories, penned by the great talent of the incomparable and unforgettable Winston Graham.
Photo courtesy of Lynn Mills, with grateful thanks.
Tide was nearly full. Mist lay in a grey scarf along the line of the cliffs. .. and they walked home hand in hand through the slanting shadows of the new darkness.
As many of you will already be aware, this event is being held on 23 February 2015 at the BFI Southbank and I have been lucky enough to get a ticket. I would like to give you all the opportunity of submitting any questions you may like to raise in the hope that we may be lucky enough to get them put up for discussion at the event. At this stage I'm not sure whether questions will be randomly selected from the audience, or whether they need to be submitted by email or by written notes prior to the evening.