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Poldark 2015 - (S02E05)

Drama . History . Romance

Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ruins: his father dead, the family mine long since closed, his house wrecked and his sweetheart pledged to marry his cousin. But Ross finds that hope and love can be found when you are least expecting it in the wild but beautiful Cornish landscape

Episode Title: Episode 5
Airs: 2016-10-02 at 21:00
  • Nina Terrero

    The series is impeccably produced, but the real draw is Turner. [19 Jun 2015, p.58]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The sheer blissful goofiness of [Poldark and Demelza's] burgeoning romance (with swelling music, furtive glances, and Harlequin romance novel compositions) encapsulates the pleasures of the series as a whole. This is trash done ecstatically well.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    Poldark is juicy, romantic, melodramatic storytelling at its most enjoyable.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    It's all great, escapist fun.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Turner brings the necessary swoon-worthy qualities to the emotionally wounded lead (who knew there were ab exercises back in the 18th century?), but the cast is uniformly good.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Aidan Turner cuts a dashing figure as the reincarnation of Poldark, reviving an early Masterpiece breakthrough from the mid-70s with swarthy, romantic vigor. [8 Jun 2015, p.13]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s ridiculous, it’s sumptuous, it’s perfect summer sorbet.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Poldark doesn't rise to the dramatic heights of Downton Abbey. And though it sometimes takes itself too seriously, it is an eminently watchable yarn.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    An enjoyable mix of romance, period adventure and serialized plot turns, Poldark proves an entertaining, 18th-century summer soap.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    [Aidan Turner] strips Poldark’s Henry Higgins-like tendencies of any potentially unseemly qualities, which helps to make him easy to root for. Like everything else in Poldark, he’s old-fashioned and winning.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    By now, you’ve grasped Poldark is a soap, a four-letter word by PBS’ standards.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Nothing stands out (including the blandly pretty cinematography and insistent music), but it’s saucier than the sum of its parts.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    Poldark has no patience for dramatic tension. It is always in a rush. It turns what should be a deliciously drawn-out love story into a fait accompli.... It is too in love with Poldark.

    Slate Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    Both the scenery and the star of Poldark look great, but the storytelling isn’t quite as effective.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review

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