Critical Condition: Poldark

Poldark (Prime, 8.30 Tuesday)

➢ “The third series has clearly plumped firmly for the ‘more of the same’ approach, opening with Elizabeth (Heida Reed) galloping recklessly along a windswept clifftop, bosom heaving as Aidan Turner’s Ross rode to her rescue … Writer Debbie Horsfield has hit on a winning formula, delivering escapist melodrama and occasional subtler notes. The sorely tested relationship between Ross and Demelza is a fascinatingly underplayed constant amid the surrounding sturm und drang.” — The i.

➢ “The instalment ended the Demelza-Ross-Elizabeth love triangle, but there were compensations. Very little about tin mining, for instance. And Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza and Aidan Turner as Ross still possess the most interesting marriage on television.” — The Times.

➢ “Cornwall’s finest brooding presence returns with an abundance of silliness and sexual intrigue … Poldark is televised holiday romance, a teenage fantasy with clotted cream. It’s nice to be – and to have it – back.” — The Guardian.

➢ “A bit like the average distance between humans and rats, in Poldark you are never far from birth, marriage or death … In this first episode of the third series, there was a full house, the emphasis being very much on death.Business as usual. Joy for some. For others, it was about as much fun as housekeeper Prudie’s ruptured spleen.” — The Telegraph.

➢ “By all known criteria, Poldark is what we critics call a pile of old tosh. And yet, somehow that doesn’t stop it from being undeniable if distinctly bonkers fun. ’Tis good news, in other words, that back it be.” — The Spectator.

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