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Date: Aug 17 12:14 AM, 2019
RE: Comparisons between the first and second TV productions ?
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Fijane wrote:

Like Mrs Enys, I think the major disappointment of both series has been how the writer's felt that they could "improve" on one of the most beloved characters WG wrote. I don't know the motivation for the first series making Demelza seem immoral, but the 2015 Demelza is very clearly a product of modern feminism, and therefore does great damage to her marriage and distorts Ross's personality, which book Demelza would never have done.

However, to choose is easy for me, as I could not continue with the Robin Ellis version after about four episodes. I have loved many parts of the new series, including most of the casting (including Eleanor Tomlinson, who is a great actress, but took the character in the wrong direction). But there are flaws in the new series, especially evident for me, as it has run alongside Outlander. The cheapness in production has been  clear in comparison (e.g. crowd scenes with less than ten extras) and lack of attention to historical detail.

Still, I just love a historical drama brought to life, and the books are so entrenched in my psyche that they cannot be corrupted by other's interpretation.


 Fijane - I agree with all you say about both series. The first series - 1970 - I gave up on early on because I couldn't understand a word Prudie and Jud said. I have been urged to watch series 2 of the 1970s version although the same problem is there. I watched this after I had watched series 1 and 2 of the latest one. Like you, I prefer the 2015 onwards series although there are many flaws and the distortion of the characters is only one. As you say, the inadequate funding of all the series is clear - many mistakes remained even after editing. However, considering the low budget from the BBC, it was a good overall production. The costumes were excellent and the chosen venues in Cornwall inspirational. I am sad that the final series is so dreadful - such a pity to end in this way. 

 



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Like Mrs Enys, I think the major disappointment of both series has been how the writer's felt that they could "improve" on one of the most beloved characters WG wrote. I don't know the motivation for the first series making Demelza seem immoral, but the 2015 Demelza is very clearly a product of modern feminism, and therefore does great damage to her marriage and distorts Ross's personality, which book Demelza would never have done.

However, to choose is easy for me, as I could not continue with the Robin Ellis version after about four episodes. I have loved many parts of the new series, including most of the casting (including Eleanor Tomlinson, who is a great actress, but took the character in the wrong direction). But there are flaws in the new series, especially evident for me, as it has run alongside Outlander. The cheapness in production has been  clear in comparison (eg crowd scenes with less than ten extras) and lack of attention to historical detail.

Still, I just love a historical drama brought to life, and the books are so entrenched in my psyche that they cannot be corrupted by other's interpretation.



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Date: Aug 13 9:35 PM, 2019
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My opinion on this has changed over the years. My interest in Poldark was initiated by the first adaptation . I didnt watch it but I knew it was popular and I came across the books at a friends house. I started reading mid book for some reason but became quickly hooked and the rest, as they say, is history. That first series was quickly repeated and then I watched it, and enjoyed it. i was making my way through the books at the same time as the second series aired and again enjoyed it. For the next ten years I read and re read the books, enjoying them more and more and really getting to know the story well. Then the series was released on video and I bought each episode as soon as they were released . I was , however, horrified by the major changes to the story, especially to Demelza. I thought and still do think that Robin Ellis is perfect as Ross. I didnt care for Angharad Rees version of Demelza, though now I appreciate she captured  Demelza wit and sense of mischief. The second series  was so much better and followed the books almost perfectly. 

I always hoped another adaptation would be made, it was long overdue and I had great hopes for the 2015 series. It started well and I was delighted to see a more faithful creation , at least of the beginning of Ross and Demelzas relationship. For me, it all started to go wrong from series 2 and ive been very disappointed in many of the changes that DH has made but especially saddened (again) by the way Demelza has been portrayed. For me, neither of the adaptations have got Demelza right, neither physically or in character. 



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Date: Aug 13 7:25 PM, 2019
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Of the two TV Poldark productions the first in the Seventies up to Book 7 and the current one, allowing for obvious technological differences which do you now prefer the most and why ?



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