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Date: Apr 13 12:47 AM, 2009
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Pretty big transformation from Elizabeth Chenoweth Poldark Warleggan to Jill Townsend Sorel 2009, huh?  I would absolutely NEVER have recognized her.

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I recently came upon an updated bio of Jill Townsend and a fairly new picture.  She is now using her married name, Jill Townsend Sorel.  It can be found at http://rainforestawakenings.com/Rainforest-Awakenings_BOA.html


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Date: May 13 1:34 PM, 2008
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You're welcome Alison--and don't hesitate to post just because you haven't read the books.  This forum is spoiler-free.  Everyone respects people who haven't read all of the books.  I've only read two, and I've been a member for quite awhile and have not had any adverse "surprises." jawdrop.gif

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Hey George, good to be welcomed by such an important gentleman!  You are right that here in Louisiana they now call Masterpiece Theatre "Masterpiece Classic".  I guess I don't make changes very easily (does that explain my interest in these books as well as for a series of TV shows made in the 1970's?)  Anyway, I am seriously reading and am only through the sixth book so I'm sort of avoiding the forum until I've read everything so I don't inadvertently stumble upon plots I am not aware of! 

Thanks again for the warm welcome and you'll see me again soon!

Cheers, Alison

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Welcome to the Poldark boards, Alison! clap.gif
Masterpiece Theater is where I first saw the Poldark series, as well.  I was very young at the time.  All my mother's friends were impressed that I took such an interest in it. 
I don't know if it's changed in Louisiana, but here in Oregon they now simply call it "Masterpiece" on Public Television.  It just doesn't seem to have the same 'dignified air' to it as a result. tears.gif It also seemed to lose something after Alistair Cooke died.  He was a good host.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings, and welcome. smile
G.W. :^$ 

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Whatever action anyone feels like taking so best of luck to your Senator ! As for Auntie Beeb's physical impediment how about geriatric ? clueless.gif

And I'm pretty sure it was 16mm but there again all part and parcel of the same old problem of being behind the times. Perhaps that's what's really needed now - an old medium to tell St. Anthony !! weirdface

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Well, I COULD ask our Congress to pass a resolution asking the BBC to reissue Poldark as being a matter of constituent interest smile.gif  I am sure I could at least get a Senator to write a letter!  It's been so long that they've failed to do something about it that it does seem that there is a physical impediment.  Do you really think the original was on 16mm film?  That was REALLY an old medium!

Maybe I'll do what my mother-in-law always used to do, being a good Catholic lady--that is, say a novena.  Maybe St. Anthony as the patron of lost things and hopeless causes could help.

Cheers, Alisonsmile

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......I plan to make copies of the tapes onto DVD myself (I have a device that is supposed to be able to do this--we'll see) but I was just hoping for a fuller version.  Maybe one day it will be released uncut.  You ought to ask about that in June at the event in Truro for Winston Graham's birthday.  Maybe the actors, who presumably get residuals, would know if it is planned.


Hi Alison

I'm definitely not an expert but unfortunately a lot of Poldark fans for years have also felt exactly the same wanting to see the original uncut version as well, and have racked their brains on how to get hold of the original 16mm version. All without success. Briefly the Beeb who are a Government funded public body and hold all the Copyrights are just not interested at all, probably knowing their charges would be astronomical !! Whether it's ourselves, the actors or Winston's family. Anyone. Or to put it bluntly I guess the only certain way would be for the Queen to ask, and even then it's more than likely they've either lost the original reels of film, don't know where it is or it's all fallen to bits long ago. But then that's our BBC for you. Probably the same as asking your Congress for permission I expect ! 

But we definitely haven't forgotten ! wink

Does anyone know why the original actors who played Dwight, Nicholas Warleggan, and Pascoe didn't return in the second series?  I saw a small part of the "Cult of Poldark" on YouTube and they showed Richard Morant, who seemed to be very fond of Poldark so I wondered why they had to change actors for that role.  Also--anyone have any more recent pictures of Jill Townsend?  I'd like to see what she looks like now.


The original actor Richard Morant who played Dwight was unavailable for the second series - I think he'd already signed up for something else. Not sure abiut Nicholas or Pascoe and no idea at all about Jill afraid.


Sorry can't be of any more help ! smile

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Hi Alison, just dropping in to say hello. I got your email and decided to join in the fun. I shall no doubt see you around here quite a bit.

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That was such a speedy reply, Greg!  Thanks so much for all the information.  The vhs tapes I have are BBC/CBS/Fox so I believe they're the same ones everyone else has.  They're about two hours each and there are twelve of them, and although they don't contain some of the scenes some people have discussed--Demelza being bathed under the pump outside Nampara when she first comes from Redruth, a trial of two women before Jim Carter's poaching trial, Dwight coming to get Ross before the duel, they are probably more complete than the DVD set you describe.  I plan to make copies of the tapes onto DVD myself (I have a device that is supposed to be able to do this--we'll see) but I was just hoping for a fuller version.  Maybe one day it will be released uncut.  You ought to ask about that in June at the event in Truro for Winston Graham's birthday.  Maybe the actors, who presumably get residuals, would know if it is planned.

Does anyone know why the original actors who played Dwight, Nicholas Warleggan, and Pascoe didn't return in the second series?  I saw a small part of the "Cult of Poldark" on YouTube and they showed Richard Morant, who seemed to be very fond of Poldark so I wondered why they had to change actors for that role.  Also--anyone have any more recent pictures of Jill Townsend?  I'd like to see what she looks like now.

I have more questions and comments but I want to get back to reading so I will wait until I come to a convenient stopping place to write at more length.  I am glad this forum is up and running and I hope to meet more Poldark lovers!  It seems to be more of a UK and Continental phenomenon, although my book club is going to read the books and watch my tapes and I know they'll be hooked, too.

Cheers and best regards to all from Baton Rouge, LA, 70 miles up the Mississippi from New Orleans,

Alison

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Hi Alison and welcome. Glad to hear how much you like Poldark, for many of us it's become a lifetime's passion ! biggrin

You're so right - there's nothing worse than accidentally discovering important plots in advance ! Especially true with Poldark as infuriatingly it happened to me ages ago in Book 7 - I still get annoyed about it even now ! Also and as you've probably already discovered Winston Graham has such a great talent for springing unexpected surprises, that many's the time I've wished I could start reading them as a beginner all over again ! In fact as I was nearing the end of his last book Bella I deliberately slowed down, perhaps reading barely a couple of pages a week just so as I could savour every last beginner experience to the full ! And now I've just fiinished reading all 12 for the second time and I'm amazed how much I'd forgotten, but the best bit is they are still just as absorbing as ever ! Several members have read their paperbacks so often they're almost in tatters, while one member has read all 12 several times over and can never wait to start them again !

I'm not sure if your video tapes are the original BBC ones or whether Masterpiece made their own copies, so although I'm not 100% sure on one or two exact details I've tried to clarify the whole history of the video and DVD situation. The original series was screened on BBC TV here in the UK in the mid-seventies but unfortunately well before videos became popular. Then in the mid-eighties the BBC released the first edited down version of the original seventies series in PAL format, though exactly how much was removed no-one really knows, and it's these Series 1 and 2 (8 tapes and 29 episodes) totalling some 24 hours viewing in all that you can still get today. Usually reasonably priced on e-bay. Inevitably many of these copies were soon pretty worn, so a few years ago the BBC had them re-issued in DVD format by an unknown UK company, however only afterwards did we all discover they'd been pruned down here and there still more !
 

Finally and sometime within the last 12 - 18 months the Australian DVD's were issued, and according to our resident expert "Caroline Penvenen-Enys" (the one who re-reads all 12 books as often as possible and hopefully will be back with us one day !) they are the same as the original eighties BBC videos ! So this is what is meant I believe by the Australian uncut version. I haven't seen them myself as I've still got the original BBC video series which are still in good shape, though I keep on meaning to get them safely copied onto DVD. So if you're happy with your (BBC ?) tapes you'd best hang onto them and as a back up get them copied onto DVD as well. Otherwise try to get the best BBC eighties video copies you can on e-bay and transfer those onto DVD. Ideally, if you can wait long enough, go for the official BBC boxed/ colour pictures on the outside set of all 8 tapes as they tend to have been better looked after and therefore hopefully less worn. Check carefully first too with the seller about their condition as sometimes they can also become quite brittle over time.
 
Some of the actors in the seventies TV series (including the top stars Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees - Ross and Demelza) will be appearing on June 14th for the Centenary celebrations at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro so hopefully there'll be some new pics to see of them. Meantime click on the link below where there are a few older pics plus some info on quite a few of the original cast and what they've been up to since. I haven't been on that page for a while and to be honest I can't remember what's what (!), but seeing as you've already read five of the books and seen the videos, I don't think you need worry that much about the red warning "Don't Enter" notice.

http://www.poldark.org.uk/biographies.html


Things will probably still be quite quiet on here for a while as the Forum's only been open a couple of weeks after a long break, but I've no doubt it'll soon start to pick up again once some of the original members realise plus more new people join, especially with W.G's Centenary so near. Then it's hard to stop !

Of course until you've read all the books, make sure you stay in just the one forum only - "The 12 Poldark Novels & Other Poldark Books". Incidentally, and if you feel like it because no beginner has yet done so, once you've started reading "The Four Swans" it would interesting to read any on-going thoughts you might like to post within that particular sub-forum, because when I'm reading I always seem to have so many that I can never remember them ! weirdface

Thanks for the great pic ! How do you like the Forum and website ?


Greg (UK)



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I'm a new fan of Poldark, both the novels and the TV series.  Somehow I missed the series when it was shown on Masterpiece Theatre here in the US, and I just happened to come across the tapes about a month ago at an estate sale.  (I work with a team of women who put on estate sales, i.e., we take over a house and sell everything in it--usually after a death, divorce or illness.)  I am always looking for a good series of videos to watch, since I live alone and enjoy the companionship of an "old friend" in the form of characters I've gotten to know.  My first experience was with the Horatio Hornblower series which I bought at another estate sale, so I looked forward to getting to know "Poldark".

I cannot tell you how enthralled I have become with the series and now, also, with the Poldark novels, of which I have read the first five.  Don't tell me anything about what happens in the sixth through the twelfth!

I would very much like to see an uncut version of Series 1 and I'm confused about whether the Australian DVD's are actually the full uncut version.  I'd love to correspond with more people and to know more about the actors and actresses in the series.  Since I'm not in the UK very few of them are familiar to me and I'd like to know what their careers have been like since Poldark.  They're all pretty old now, just like me!  I've attached a recent photo of me...I may look old but I'm young at heart!



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