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I remember SHE - it went out on a Sunday evening - loved the plays each - showing a different stage/aspect in a woman's life.  The series was never repeated just the one showing - although the theme music was a great hit for the French singer Charles Aznavor (spelling sorry).   Don't remember the episode with Robin Ellis though - shame as I was a big fan of his by then ('She' coming after Poldark).  I don't think the series is available on DVD - pity!  On a different point I don't remember Robin Ellis in The Duchess of Duke Street either.



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I always loved The Duchess of Duke Street - the lovely Chris Cazenove who played Charlie Hazelmere was married to Angharad at one time and is her kids' dad....sadly he died recently.
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Interesting anyone know any more about "She" ?



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Not long after poldark finished its first run in the mid seventies and Ross fever was at its highest , there was a series of one off dramas called She, Seven faces of woman and Robin Ellis was the star of one of them. It was based on a woman who whilst tall and slim had a disfigured nose and so at first glance was "not a looker" Robin played a man about town who was used to only dating glamourous women. They fellin love and he realised the error of his shallow lifestyle. As far as i know it has never been repeated and probably never will be but it was a good series and that one was one of the best. Robin in a modern romantic role...

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I just found "The Duchess Of Duke Street" series at my library and I've placed a request for it. Poldark series actors/actresses and a culinary topic? It can't miss!

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No in fact I'd never heard of "The Dutchess of Duke St." before I became involved with Poldark. When was it filmed ? It sounds interesting and worth following up as I suppose they must have all kept in touch afterwards and then got together for the Poldark series ? Was it a long series i.e. the same as Poldark spread out over many episodes ? Also it sounds a bit like a another similar period piece.


The Dutches of Duke Street is based on a true story, and it is a period video. It takes place in the late victorian era to the early 1900s and WWI. It is about a scullery maid who becomes the toast of the town in the UK as a famous cook, which of course was not common for women at the time. It is a video of what it took her to get to the top. Right now I cannot remember, but I know she expanded out to have a very famous hotel, and I think the franchise may still exsist, but under different ownership, but I could be wrong. I did see the Forsyte saga on Master Piece Theater here. It was very good! The Dutches of Duke Street was a Series such as the Poldark series and the Forsyte saga. I tell you, no one does as excellent a job of doing period movies as you British! I actually believe that you guys have actors who are true actors; not like our actors who are nothing more than plastic surgery pretty boys and girls, but they mostly have no talent.


 


 


 - "The Forsyte Saga" - in a way which I really enjoyed too. So thanks for the info I'm definitely going to check out the local Library next week and rent it if possible. That's one of the things by the way you'll find whenever you do come over, I don't know whether it's me but all the Libraries in particular round here always seem to be chock full of all these old locally made series. I saw 2/3 Onedin Line videos (filmed partly in Charlestown) there recently I'd like to see again as well as several others fairly similar. You kinda take it all for granted sometimes ! And it's really hard to imagine Paul Curran of ALL people playing a lord once you've absorbed Jud to the full....he was so good in the part it'll be hard to find anyone near. I loved the way he used to stick his tongue all the way out whenever a drink was mentioned. ! Come to that I watched the last 2 Videos over Christmas and for the first time it struck me just how often everyone comes in and heads straight for the nearest wine decanter ! Ross especially and Notary Pearce too !! "Care for a glass of Canary, m'boy ?" I mean imagine going into a modern day bank and seeing a whole load of drink in the corner !! A few glasses from dear old Pascoe I'd be ready to sign anything !!


 


Was the "Dark Adapted Eye" a big screen movie or for the TV as I'd like to find that one too ? Anyway I'm not sure exactly but I remember a few years ago seeing Robin Ellis in a regular TV Detective series over here called "Midsomer (?) Murders" which also stars Morwenna. I was really surprised to see him as it was the first time since Poldark, and all I can vaguely remember was that he was one of the suspects (which annoyed me !) before he was finally challenged as to his whereabouts etc. whilst sweeping up leaves in his back garden. Can't remember what happened but it was really funny, he just seemed like the usual Ross in a bad temper having just thumped George ! And it would not have surprised me one bit if Angharad had then come out onto the lawn and invited the Inspector and his Sergeant in for a cup of tea and some bixcuits ! As for Prudie.... !! What must it be like for Robin sometimes ! There was the story of one remarkable Japanese tourist once who resolutely refused to believe that Nampara and Wheal Grace etc. absolutely did not exist ! Perhaps they ought to build a Sawle village near Perranporth in just the same way as they do for your westerns !! I mean can you imagine several hundred Ross Poldarks and Demelzas trying to squeeze into a reconstructed Nampara all at once !


 


Dark Adapted Eye is also a true story by Ruth Rendell. The story is based on the true story of Vera Hillyard, one of the last women in Britain to be hanged. it is set in the 1950's, and is a story about a dark and brooding tale of a seemingly close-knit suburban family whose facade of normalacy hides a muderous sibling rivalry. At the center are two sisters and an angelic, golden haired toddler each claimes as their own natural son. A series of bizarre revelations finally exposes the shocking truth behind thier sedate provincial exsistence. Standing as a witness to their bitter battel is their niece,Faith, who is left to tell the story of how she lost both aunts-one with her blood splattered on the nursery wall, and the other hanged for her sister's brutal and senseless killing! This series was done by the BBC. It was not a public film here but I do not know if this was a public film in the UK.


 


It's a funny thing about Ross Poldark, but when I was a young teen, I was totally captivated by Ross and he could do no wrong. Now that I am older, I am not so sure I would have been as tolerant of his antics as Demelza was. I think If I would have caught him having an affair, I would have strung him over one of the barn posts and beat the hell out of his bum with a horse whip until he would have been too sore to ride anywhere and get into mischief! That, or i would have conviniently pushed him off one of the coastal cliffs! HA HA


 


As for where Robin lives you know a bit more than I do, all I knew was that it was just south east France somewhere. It's not a bad area though very hot, dry and dusty in summer as I was on holiday there years ago....some place I think called Dax where they had a bullring. If you say he's in the Northern Pyrenees then yes it is close to Spain as you have to cross them via Andorra (?) to get there. Of course it's also getting close to the Portuguese areas where Geoffrey C. and Ross met up, and a part of the story I really enjoyed as I've always been interested in the Peninsula Wars and similar old European wars types of books. In fact I only learnt quite recently that there's one or two British graveyards out there still cared for the British Government as well. I wonder if there's still one for the those that fell at Waterloo too ?


 


I didn't like Spain very much, as I felt it was too arrid. I did like the north of Spain closer to the Pyrenees, as I love lush green forests. I live in one, well actually, I live in high desert, and we are surrounded by lush green forests which are just a very short drive, plus I love the snow! Sorry for the typing errors and such. I wish there was a spelling checker on this.


 


David, I apologize for the late reply. Always enjoy a good Poldark chat!  Cheers my dear! Lily



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"Do you remember "The Dutchess of Duke Street?" I have the video series, but any who, there were several people from the Poldark series who started out there. Kevin Mc Nally started out there, and yes, there was also a very young Angarad Reese who played the wife of a lord, who happened to be Paul Curran. There is a video I own "Dark Adapted Eye," and an Older Robin Ellis is in it. I think the movie was made in 1995-96. How lucky you met Robin Ellis. I wish I could have met him. Is he as tall as I hear he is? I understand he lives in the northern Pyrenees in France, which is closer to Spain ?"


No in fact I'd never heard of "The Dutchess of Duke St." before I became involved with Poldark. When was it filmed ? It sounds interesting and worth following up as I suppose they must have all kept in touch afterwards and then got together for the Poldark series ? Was it a long series i.e. the same as Poldark spread out over many episodes ? Also it sounds a bit like a another similar period piece - "The Forsyte Saga" - in a way which I really enjoyed too. So thanks for the info I'm definitely going to check out the local Library next week and rent it if possible. That's one of the things by the way you'll find whenever you do come over, I don't know whether it's me but all the Libraries in particular round here always seem to be chock full of all these old locally made series. I saw 2/3 Onedin Line videos (filmed partly in Charlestown) there recently I'd like to see again as well as several others fairly similar. You kinda take it all for granted sometimes ! And it's really hard to imagine Paul Curran of ALL people playing a lord once you've absorbed Jud to the full....he was so good in the part it'll be hard to find anyone near. I loved the way he used to stick his tongue all the way out whenever a drink was mentioned. ! Come to that I watched the last 2 Videos over Christmas and for the first time it struck me just how often everyone comes in and heads straight for the nearest wine decanter ! Ross especially and Notary Pearce too !! "Care for a glass of Canary, m'boy ?" I mean imagine going into a modern day bank and seeing a whole load of drink in the corner !! A few glasses from dear old Pascoe I'd be ready to sign anything !!


Was the "Dark Adapted Eye" a big screen movie or for the TV as I'd like to find that one too ? Anyway I'm not sure exactly but I remember a few years ago seeing Robin Ellis in a regular TV Detective series over here called "Midsomer (?) Murders" which also stars Morwenna. I was really surprised to see him as it was the first time since Poldark, and all I can vaguely remember was that he was one of the suspects (which annoyed me !) before he was finally challenged as to his whereabouts etc. whilst sweeping up leaves in his back garden. Can't remember what happened but it was really funny, he just seemed like the usual Ross in a bad temper having just thumped George ! And it would not have surprised me one bit if Angharad had then come out onto the lawn and invited the Inspector and his Sergeant in for a cup of tea and some bixcuits ! As for Prudie.... !! What must it be like for Robin sometimes ! There was the story of one remarkable Japanese tourist once who resolutely refused to believe that Nampara and Wheal Grace etc. absolutely did not exist ! Perhaps they ought to build a Sawle village near Perranporth in just the same way as they do for your westerns !! I mean can you imagine several hundred Ross Poldarks and Demelzas trying to squeeze into a reconstructed Nampara all at once !


As you might imagine Robin that day was literally besieged by mostly women fans (of ALL ages !) so I felt I stood out like a real sore thumb ! He was OK and very easy going and good humoured and so on, but....yes I know !!....just a nice guy to me, and that's it. Perhaps it's the same for women with famous women actors I don't know but it it hadn't been for the photos I kept trying to take I'd have been quite content to have stayed in the background ! I'm about 6' 3" - 6' 4" tall or so and from memory there wasn't that much difference between us. Or, although I was slightly bending forwards, you ought be able to get some idea of these comparisons for yourself from some of the pics I took. Now on the other hand if it had been Jill Townsend then that would have quite another thing ! lol ! She was gorgeous though I never really liked her in wigs as they just didn't seem to suit her at all I felt. There's one scene with George where the old familiar you know what argument between them comes up and she's sitting in front of the mirror making herself up or something. Scrumptious !! Oh yes... There's one odd thing I've just remembered and never properly understood, so without giving any story lines away I think you should easily guess what I'm referring to !! When Ross said to her in the Churchyard (re. Aunt A's headstone) make out it's X amount of time as most of Cornwall pretend exactly the same things anyway(!), why did she then eventually go ahead with the totally unnecessary you know what instead ? Just seemed so pointless. ( I somehow think this topic might well have to go onto the Book 6/7/8 (?) Forum if you can't follow what I'm saying !).


As for where Robin lives you know a bit more than I do, all I knew was that it was just south east France somewhere. It's not a bad area though very hot, dry and dusty in summer as I was on holiday there years ago....some place I think called Dax where they had a bullring. If you say he's in the Northern Pyrenees then yes it is close to Spain as you have to cross them via Andorra (?) to get there. Of course it's also getting close to the Portuguese areas where Geoffrey C. and Ross met up, and a part of the story I really enjoyed as I've always been interested in the Peninsula Wars and similar old European wars types of books. In fact I only learnt quite recently that there's one or two British graveyards out there still cared for the British Government as well. I wonder if there's still one for the those that fell at Waterloo too ?


Hmmmm....that felt good - haven't had time for a good Poldark chat for ages. Must find more time as it's very relaxing - in fact I sometimes feel I could go on for hours !!


David



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