I'm rewatching episodes 1 through 9 today because episode 10 airs tonight here in the U.S. I just discovered something that should give George Warleggan concern. His lawyer, Mr. Tankard, seems to be suffering from memory problems. In Episode 2 Tankard points out that once Ross Poldark is hanged, there should be no problem gaining control of Wheal Leisure because after all, his widow was just a kitchen maid before she married him. She'll be no trouble. George told him not to count on it. When Tankard and George next crossed paths with Demelza at the ball at Werry House in Episode 9, Tankard was shocked to learn that the elegant Mistress Poldark had been the kitchen maid at Nampara before she became its master's wife.
There's interesting gaffe in Episode 9:
In the scene in which Ross arrives to stop the miners, led by Jud, from burning Trenwith, Demelza is standing on Darkie's right side as George asks Ross whether he canceled his plans to rejoin his regiment so he could stop the miners. He says no! he came back for another reason. Then he looks down at Demelza, who has magically transported herself to Darkie's left side just in time to accept his hand so he can pull her up onto the saddle. They then ride off home together.
I'm afraid I didn't notice any of those things. I see too little TV to notice that type of error.
The only mistake that glared out at me was not in continuity, but an inaccuracy which clearly shows none of the production team take part in smuggling! When Ross and co partake in the Nampara Cove landing of contraband there in the sky is a beautiful moon!!
Any freetrader worth his salt would have been in bed on a moonlit night - they waited for total darkness.
That horse of Dwight's seems to be a continuity gaffe magnet. In the scene where George arrives at Trenwith to "save the day," he comes through the gate on his own horse, the refined-looking bay with the world's slowest trot. Then before he enters the house, he goes to "persuade" the tinners digging up the Trenwith lawn to leave. For this task, he is on Dwight's hefty bay, but when he leaves Trenwith, he has his own horse again. I understand the concept of horses for courses, but this is ridiculous.
I love the video magic created by continuity errors. I have already mentioned Demelza's wardrobe change on horseback during a ride to Truro, but I've found another even more impressive one.
Episode 5 includes a truly impressive feat of "magic," a rider changing horses twice and a horse changing riders in a single scene. The scene has Dwight stopping by Nampara on his way to meet Caroline and a messenger delivering a note from Harris Pascoe to inform Ross that the Warleggans have bought his promissory note. Dwight approaches the house on the hefty, rather common-looking light bay horse he has been riding all season. In the next moment his mount is magically transformed into a more refined-looking chestnut horse. As he chats with Demelza, he is back on the bay, on whom he then rides off just as Pascoe's messenger gallops up on the chestnut.