- Cast:Robin Ellis,Angharad Rees,Clive Francis
|Series cast summary:|
|Robin Ellis||-||Ross Poldark 29 episodes, 1975-1977|
|Angharad Rees||-||Demelza 28 episodes, 1975-1977|
|Jill Townsend||-||Elizabeth Warleggan / - 27 episodes, 1975-1977|
|Ralph Bates||-||George Warleggan 23 episodes, 1975-1977|
|Paul Curran||-||Jud Paynter 22 episodes, 1975-1977|
|Mary Wimbush||-||Prudie Paynter 22 episodes, 1975-1977|
|Judy Geeson||-||Caroline Penvenen / - 19 episodes, 1975-1977|
|Forbes Collins||-||Zacky Martin 14 episodes, 1975-1977|
|Clive Francis||-||Francis Poldark 13 episodes, 1975|
|Kevin McNally||-||Drake Carne 13 episodes, 1977|
|David Delve||-||Sam Carne 12 episodes, 1977|
The role of Ross Poldark was originally offered to Ian McShane; Leigh Lawson and Timothy Dalton were also considered before Robin Ellis was cast in the role.
The series attracted up to 15 million viewers.
Robin Ellis and Angharad Rees were lined up to reprise their characters in the attempt to reboot Poldark (1996), but producers HTV reneged on their promises and recast the parts, much to the disappointment of long-term fans who actually staged a physical protest against the decision.
In his introduction to the series' American premiere on PBS Masterpiece Theatre, Alistair Cooke informed the viewing audience that "now is the time for the party to settle in to a spate of loving, dueling, poaching, smuggling, wenching, marrying - not to mention banking and copper mining." Cooke has stated that "Poldark" was his least favorite Masterpiece Theatre program, possibly because he also said that the hero, Ross Poldark, reminded him of President Ronald Reagan.
Many of the cast found themselves puzzling over their characters' plot lines, only to discover what they felt was "right" in Winston Graham's original novels, seemingly ignored by the scriptwriters. Richard Morant elected to leave after the first series as a result, and his part was rewritten and recast with Michael Cadman. This was wryly reflected on-screen in the line: "I'm not the same man who went away."
Scriptwriter Martin Worth was dispatched by the BBC to contact Winston Graham once his published plots had been exhausted, in order to brainstorm new ones. Graham (who had already argued with the production team) refused, and so the series was abruptly brought to an end. Graham later continued the story in books.
Studio scenes were rehearsed for six days before being recorded over two days in the studio between 19:30 and 22:00 in the evening.
Michael Gambon was offered a role.
Elizabeth's full name is Elizabeth Jane Sarah Chynoweth (stated at her wedding to Francis Poldark).