It’s the new series of Poldark v Victoria tonight! Which one will you be watching?

Poldark, Victoria
(Image credit: BBC/Mammoth Screen)

Viewers face a tough choice when Poldark returns to BBC1 and goes up against Victoria on ITV on Sunday night.

Cornish-set drama Poldark, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson, returns for its second series on BBC1, while a third series is already in the works.

The ratings-winning finale of the first series last year saw Poldark arrested for murder and plundering a shipwreck, with his wife Demelza left alone on the Cornish cliff-top.

In the new series, he faces capital crime charges while he and Demelza are still dealing with the death of their daughter, Julia.

Irish actor Aidan has won legions of fans with his brooding role as Poldark, and his topless scything has become one of the drama’s most memorable moments (so far).

Poldark, Victoria

Aidan has some colour added for that memorable scything scene

Victoria, with Jenna Coleman in the lead, beat the opposition when it made its debut on ITV last weekend.

Former Doctor Who star Jenna stars as the young monarch in the period drama, inheriting the throne at the age of 18.

Victoria, Jenna Coleman

Jenna Coleman plays the young royal Victoria

The drama, which also stars Rufus Sewell as prime minister Lord Melbourne and will later feature Tom Hughes as Prince Albert, attracted 5.7 million viewers and 6.1 million at its peak with its first episode.

Both shows are made by the same producer, Mammoth Screen.

Poldark (BBC1) and Victoria (ITV) will both be airing tonight at 9.00pm.

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