Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Poor Ross Poldark. First he was taken captive during the American Revolution and spent some time in a French prison camp. He escaped and made his way back home to Cornwall, but maybe he should have stayed in America! During his absence, his father died, his uncle set about making deals to sell off family assets, his family home is falling apart, and his beloved Elizabeth has gotten engaged to his cousin Francis. Not the sort of homecoming he'd imagined!

To be sure, Poldark had something of a shady past before leaving for the colonies. Still, it's hard not to feel sorry for a man who returns to a world that has so drastically changed. He immediately sets about trying to get one of his father's mines up and running again, and takes in a semi-wild country girl as a servant (who is meant to help the perpetually drunken groom and housekeeper he inherited from his father!). It seems that whatever he does, Poldark unwittingly makes enemies. The series plays out with duels, revolts, smuggling, murder, treachery and looming financial ruin -- things just don't go smoothly for Poldark!

First shown on Masterpiece Theatre in 1975, the epic story of Poldark is now available on DVD. It has been called the British Gone With the Wind. The first season consists of 16 episodes of intrigue, romance and beautiful scenery! I appreciated the fact that you can turn on subtitles as you watch. This is always helpful, since I don't want to miss anything! Although the series is 35 years old, it doesn't feel dated at all. The costumes are lovely and the rugged Cornwall countryside is beautiful and bleak. One of the DVDs in the set also has a very interesting overview of the history and current situation in Cornwall.

Thanks to Katie at Acorn Media, I have 3 copies of the first series to give away! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite costume drama. Or, if you don't have one, what is a TV series that you'd love to see again? Please be sure to leave your email in your comments so that I can contact you if you are a winner. The contest ends on Thursday, Feb. 25 and the winners will be chosen by random.org. I'll contact the winners who will have 72 hours to respond, or I'll have to choose another winner.

I received a review copy of Poldark from Acorn Media, which in no way influenced my review.

Final Verdict for Poldark: Four Gherkins, for being a beautiful classic series with unforgettable characters

61 comments:

Jamie said...

My favorite costume drama has to be the first series of Cranford. Or maybe North and South. It's a close second anyway. But I'm answering both questions, because the series I'd most like to see again, if only I could see it again for the first time, is Being Human. Simply the best television I've seen in many years. I guess Series 2 is being broadcast in the UK now - I really hope it is as good as Series 1.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the Wise Guy mini series again.

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Amie said...

LOVED North and South and Gone With the Wind.

moushka said...

I loved Anne of Green Gables.

ky2here said...

The Elizabeth movies and, if we can be creative here, Priscilla: Queen of the Desert.

cdziuba said...

I loved North and South, my husband knows someone who was an extra in the series.

Thanks for the chance to win!

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deb c said...

My favorite costume drama was Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst.
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Mysharona said...

i liked dark shadows.

Tracey said...

My favorite is The Tudors.
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Nicole said...

My favorite is either North and South or The Tudors.

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Dick said...

I would like to see any Bonanza show again. (Guess I'm showing my age)

mogrill said...

I was also a BIG fan of North and South. Thanks for the chance.
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Margie B said...

I love the original "North and South" with Patrick Swayze, etc. But I also remember "Poldark" fondly and would love to see it again.




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Ken said...

I always enjoy a good production of Oliver Twist or David Copperfield. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

John Stetson said...

I enjoyed both of the Cranston programs.
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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I do love Gone With The Wind. Thanks!

I. Hate said...

i would like to win this

mindy said...

gone with the wind thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

clc408 said...

My favorite was Amadeus. Would love to see this!

Raven Waldenpond said...

I love costume series,especially victorian england

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Shellie said...

My favorite is Lillie about the famed actress Lillie Langtry.

Bacallsmom said...

I liked Dangerous Liaisons a lot. But Poldark happens to be one of my all-time favorites. I saw it when it first came out on TV--wonderful series.

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Anonymous said...

My sis absolutely loved this series, which I called "Poldork" to irritate her. lol.

I used to watch cop shows and miss The Rookies, Mod Squad and Adam 12.

Thanks for having this contest. My sis will be thrilled when I win!
:)

Nancy in HI
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Anonymous said...

I watched Poldark when it first was shown in America. I was 15, and fell head over heels in love with Ross. I like the Tudor series, but I would love to watch Poldark again!
MEW1961@aol.com

grannyhoff said...

Definitely North and South.

mar said...

My favorite Costume Drama is Pride and Predjudice. I love the film and the outfits.

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Candie L said...

I hope this counts, but I know my family loves The Patriot (it is a movie; not sure if it was supposed to be a TV show). Thank you

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Anonymous said...

I love the ladies of Cranford and the fashions in Anne of Green Gables. I loved Poldark, couldn't wait for each episode. How exciting that it is available again. Thanks for the cool give-away.

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chromiumman said...

my fave was Middlemarch

Jessica said...

I love Pride and Predjudice.

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jlafount said...

Sense and Sensibility

Anonymous said...

I loved the irreverent 'Mall Flanders'.

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Aisling said...

Gone With the Wind is a favorite for all the females in my family.

marjeannie said...

Dr Zhivago.

Angela said...

My favorite is the Tudors.

debbie said...

gone with the wind thanks deb

erma said...

I like Gone With the Wind.
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Nickolay said...

One show I would love to see again is The Fall Guy

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sachidewey said...

I love the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

ariel36 said...
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ariel36 said...

OMGosh! Poldark is FINALLY out on DVD? I have been waiting years for this. I was such a big fan as a young teen watching this series - it is my all time favorite series. Would love to be able to relive it again!

Second favorite would be The Adams Chronicles, shown on PBS at roughly the same time.

ariel36disney [at] yahoo [dot] com

deleted prior comment because I didn't put in my email (even though it's inmy profile - I just love this series so much.

Anonymous said...

"Shakespeare In Love"!

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wendy said...

i loved Beauty and the Beast which used to be on I think CBS.

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guettel78 said...

I tend to like costume dramas with "dramatic" leading ladies, so I would probably say my favorites are "Anne of Green Gables" and Francois Ozon's "Angel." I also might be in the minority, but I really enjoyed Sophia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette." :) Thanks for the chance to enter!

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Hotsnotty2 said...

I would love to see Twin Peaks again, thanks!

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singermagic1 said...

I liked the recent John Adams series
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Erica C. said...

I'd have to say The Tudors was a favorite of mine.

Anonymous said...

There is no way that I could have a favorite costume drama, since there are dozens and dozens of Masterpiece Theater series that I would have a difficult time choosing from. Then, of course, there are other period piece mini series that have been produced that are not part of Masterpiece Theater. I would love to see Poldark again, though, I saw it when I was in college and enjoyed it immensely.

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naynays1 said...

Gone With the Wind
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george ferris said...

I would like to see Gone With The Wind.
george ferris
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kathy pease said...

im not sure what costume drama means..lol but i love the tudors on showtime that is an awesome show :)

Ardy22 said...
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Ardy22 said...

I would have to say Pride and Prejudice. SUPER!

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Anonymous said...

Favorite costume drama - North & South. My wife loves Poldark and I haven't seen it yet, so it would be great for us. Thanks.

j-aallen @ yahoo [dot] com

purango said...

I'd love to see Danger Man-Secret Agent again. garrettsambo@aol.com

Atreau said...

I thought Midnight Caller was a great show and I'd love to see it again.

Gianna said...

I'd love to see quantum leap again :)

Jinxy and Me said...

I like Pride and Predjudice

lilyk said...

A TV series that I would love to see again is In Living Color.

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Jarod's Nana said...

I just found this site and I know it's too late for the contest but I just thought I would put in my choice. Like so many others Gone With the Wind is one of my favorites and Poldark is at the top of my list of costume drama's I would love to have on DVD, bt sharing that top spot is The Onedin Line. Some time ago they put out a total of 8 episodes but I would love to see them all again.

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