Critical Condition: Poldark

Poldark (Prime, 8.30 Tuesday)

“As last year’s biggest hit TV drama returns for a second series, did Poldark recapture the magic that got the whole of Britain talking last year? Absolutely. There were no signs here of nerves or second album syndrome. Picking up from exactly where we left off (as Ross was arrested and faced the fight of his life to clear his name and restore his honour), Poldark came out all guns blazing. Literally so in the episode’s shocking closing moments.” — The Telegraph.

“BBC One’s sweeping romantic drama has returned, with glorious cast, gorgeous locations and sweaty torsos all present and correct … Poldark‘s return is pacey, breathless and matches anything that has came before … It’s not all perfect. Debbie Horsfield’s script is a little too on the nose at times, with heavy exposition dumps to remind us of the events of the first series, and how the various character dynamics play out. But we’ll forgive that, this being the opening of a new batch of episodes.” — Digital Spy.

“As ever there was much staring out to sea from atop Cornish cliffs, waves crashing dramatically on rocks and footage of Ross brooding manfully on horseback, eyes as dark as a stag’s. One did start to wonder though — are they at risk of overdoing the righteousness of Saint Ross? He’s so perfect he’s approaching caricature.” — The Times.

“The quality of the drama is maintained. In fact, if anything, this series seems to have had a budget boost, and the opening sweeping scene has a brilliant aerial shot … Everything seems a little grander, a little more epic now. The overall look, however, is decidedly darker.” — Radio Times.

“This was an outing crammed with suspense and foreboding, and beautifully done it was, too. Although it has to be said: how much suspense could there really be about Poldark’s fate when this is the first of a 10-episode series?” — The Guardian.

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