For those who enjoyed the first episode of the new Poldark on BBC 1 last night - I found this piece in the Falmouth Packet -
Based on Winston Graham’s acclaimed novels set in Cornwall in the 18th
Century, Poldark tells the story of Ross Poldark, an Army officer who
returns to England after fighting in the American War of Independence to
discover that his fiancee Elizabeth had believed him dead and has since
married his cousin. Poldark then marries his maid, Demelza but is
forever torn between the two women.
The long-awaited BBC drama was shot in Cornwall and other parts of
the south west. When the cast and crew filmed in Cornwall during the
summer of 2014 they caused quite a flurry of excitement. Aidan Turner
and Eleanor Tomlinson were spotted up and down the county.
Here is Visit Cornwall's behind-the-scenes guide to the towns and beaches that took a turn in the spotlight:
Charlestown near St. Austell-
famed for its collection of ships and traditional appearance, has long
caught the attention of location managers and for the filming of Poldark
stood in for Cornwall’s city of Truro. As you wander along the side of
the original Grade II Listed harbour complete with Tall Ships, you can
almost imagine that you’ve been cast as an extra or have been
transported to Graham Winston’s 18th Century setting.
Church Cove Gunwallow on The Lizard
relived its smugglings past when Aidan Turner and a hoard of other cast
members and extras descended to film night-time ship wrecking scenes.
While the events of the night highlight the nicer side of Turner’s
character, the villagers don’t come off in such a good light - away from
the cameras though and the scene on a normal day is a much more
peaceful. An attractive sandy cove overlooked by the tiny church of St
Porthgwarra. Once a thriving fishing cove, the beautiful Porthgwarra
sits at the heart of the St Aubyn Estate now boasts a peaceful existence
and spends its days surrounded by wildflowers and birdlife. The tunnel
cut through the rock makes it perfect for swimming and rock pooling
while the South West Coast Path which abounds offers unsurpassed views.
Stop in the little beach café (seasonal) or pack a traditional picnic
for a circa 18th Century Poldark experience.
Bodmin Moor. The cast and crew found themselves on Bodmin Moor for a
large part of their time in Cornwall. Scenes featuring the exterior of
Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara, were shot here along with many
capturing the cast on horseback.
Botallack to Levant. Location managers couldn’t resist the rich mining
heritage of the stretch of west Cornwall coast linking Botallack and
Levant. Cameras rolled with Levant Mine playing the role of the
fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack
stared as Wheal Leisure.
Padstow. For some of the cliff scenes the filming action moved to the
Padstow area. Fans of north Cornwall will recognise the spectacular
views across the Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach, while the beauty of
the wide sandy beach of Porthcothan is hard to miss in the scenes
featuring Poldark’s fictional Nampara Cove.
St Agnes Head. Another area that enjoyed a taste of Hollywood is St
Agnes Head where iconic engine houses perch serenely on the cliff-tops
offering a silent reminder of Cornwall’s mining heyday. A natural
location choice, it doubles as Nampara Valley in the show.