Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson return to BBC One this evening from 9PM with the ninth and final episode of the third series of epic Cornish saga Poldark.
Following hot on the heels of the second series, the third instalment brings a host of new characters and worlds into play.
1794: Ross must traverse new family, new love and new conflicts, as the French revolution casts a shadow over life in Cornwall. Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear?
Aidan Turner reprises his role as the hero Ross Poldark, as he tries to rebuild his marriage to Eleanor Tomlinson’s Demelza, but their fragile peace is disturbed by the arrival of her deeply Methodist brothers Sam and Drake Carne, played by Tom York (Olympus) and Harry Richardson (Doctor Thorne) respectively.
Also returning are Heida Reed as Elizabeth and Jack Farthing as George Warleggan as they expect their first child and plot their ambitious rise to be the most powerful family in Cornwall. George will try to separate Elizabeth from her Poldark roots and will employ Elizabeth’s cousin, Morwenna, played by Ellise Chappell (The Last Dragonslayer), as a governess to Geoffrey Charles, played by newcomer Harry Marcus. When Morwenna meets Drake Carne, the pair will fall in love and the Poldark and Warleggan households will collide once again.
Series three of Poldark also welcomes a number of new characters. Sean Gilder (Shameless, Penny Dreadful) joins as Bartholomew “Tholly” Tregirls, a dangerous yet comical old friend of Ross’ father and Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul) stars as Hugh Armitage, a Naval Navigator and romantic poet besotted with Demelza.
Christian Brassington (When Boris Met Dave) plays depraved clergyman, Reverand Osbourne “Ossie” Whitworth, who hopes to align himself with George Warleggan; while John Hopkins (Dancing On The Edge) plays Sir Francis Bassett who is looking for a candidate to lead the fight against inequality and political corruption as embodied by Lord Falmouth played by James Wilby (Titanic, Maurice).
Finally, Ciara Charteris (Close To The Enemy) also joins the cast as Tholly’s wayward daughter Emma Tregirls who takes a shine to Demelza’s brother, the Methodist preacher Sam.
In tonight's ninth and final episode of the series, Prudie and Tholly spy French sails on the horizon and the area is put on alert. George passes Drake’s smithy on his return from Parliament and Francis Basset convenes a meeting to devise the defences of Cornwall. Ross is put in command of a squad of volunteers while Demelza continues to be courted by Hugh in secret.
Emma admits she is attracted to Sam but cannot overcome her lack of religious faith, while George takes the fact that Drake is living in the smithy - on the edge of Trenwith land - as provocation by Ross.
He orders Tom Harry to ensure that Drake’s residency is short-lived and Tom is only too happy to oblige, leaving Ross facing threats both foreign and domestic.
Poldark continues tonight, August 06 on BBC One at 9PM