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Poldark season five – BBC finally confirms start date for final series!

Aidan Turner as Ross in the final series of Poldark
"It's an exciting series, more so than any other," promises Aidan Turner (Image credit: BBC/Mammoth Screen/Craig Hardie)

Ross will go on a daring mission in the opening episode

The BBC has revealed that Poldark season five, the hit drama’s final series, will begin on Sunday 14th July at 9pm on BBC1.

Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson will once again star together as Ross and Demelza Poldark.

Writer Debbie Horsfield has already revealed that the final series will fill in the “gap” years in the original stories.

The Poldark saga was created over 12 books by Winston Graham and after the seventh novel, The Angry Tide, which was the focus of series four, Graham skipped 10 years forward for the eighth novel, The Stranger from the Sea.

Debbie Horsfield said: “In The Stranger from the Sea Winston Graham made many references to developments that happened in the 'gap' years. Much can also be inferred.

“There are, of course, also historical events and people of the time, both in Cornwall and in London. Series five will draw on all of these to follow the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes in this intervening period.”

Poldark S4 - EP6 shows Elizabeth (Heida Reed)

George lost Elizabeth in the last series

The fourth series saw the death of Elizabeth Warleggan (Heida Reed) and we will discover more in the final series about how the loss has affected everyone.

The BBC has teased that Elizabeth’s grieving husband George will take his family into “uncharted and worrying territory” in the opening episode of the new series.

We also know that Ross answers a plea from his old Army Colonel, Ned Despard (Vincent Regan), which takes him to London, leaving Demelza to look after their affairs in Cornwall.

Once in the capital again, Ross goes on a daring rescue mission to save Ned from the conspiracy that has imprisoned him. And it turns out of course that Ross’s old enemy George is an alliance with the merchant behind Ned’s imprisonment...

The final series of Poldark begins on Sunday 14th July at 9pm on BBC1.

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