First behind the scenes sneak peek at Poldark series 4 – Radio Times link
Winston Graham was one of the most successful and prolific novelists of the twentieth century. He wrote in many genres but his best known body of work was undoubtedly the twelve historical ‘Poldark’ novels set in Cornwall at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. In 2015 they come to life again.
TV series - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
A fresh adaptation of the Poldark saga, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy, Being Human) began on BBC1 TV in March 2015. The eight part series was adapted by Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It, The Riff Raff Element) and directed by Ed Bazalgette and William McGregor. Series II, 10 episodes of 60 minutes each, began in September 2016 and very excitingly, Series III is planned to be aired on BBC in June, 2017 and filming began in Cornwall during February and March 2017. All the programmes are produced by Mammoth Screen. Andrew Graham, Winston’s son, comments: ‘I am thrilled to see the Poldarks returning to the screen. I have worked closely with Mammoth Screen and their concern to stay faithful to the books has been wonderful. My father would be totally delighted’. Series 4 Radio Times link.
New editions of the Poldark novels
Coinciding with each TV series, Pan Macmillan produces new editions of the Poldark novels: in 2015 Ross Poldark and Demelza and in 2016 Jeremy Poldark and Warleggan. Series III in 2017 saw the re-publication of The Black Moon and The Four Swans. Series 4 will be based on The Angry Tide.
Poldark’s Cornwall re-issued with new photos
Winston’s semi-autobiographical book of Cornwall with its beautiful photos of the Cornish sea and landscapes was re-issued by Pan Macmillan with many new photographs in 2015. The book includes an introduction by Andrew Graham who writes: ‘My father, Winston Graham, effectively wrote two autobiographies. The official one is Memoires of a Private Man and he other is Poldark's Cornwall. At least that is how my sister, Rosamund, and I see it; and, in addition to the photographs, it is this factor that makes this such an interesting book’.
OPERA - exciting news! English National Opera, London 18 Nov - 03 Dec 2017
The opera Marnie, based on the 1961 Winston Graham novel that inspired the Hitchcock movie is being performed by special arrangement with Universal Pictures. It examines the cost of freedom, the limitations of forgiveness and the impossibility of escaping the past, in music that is direct and powerful. Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer makes his UK opera debut, collaborating with ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins. Grammy Award-winning mezzo Sasha Cooke sings the title role, while acclaimed bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch sings Mark Rutland. They are joined by ENO favourite Lesley Garrett. Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera Co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
The Strangles © Photo: Simon McBride
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