Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Poldark fans want Richard Armitage to play lead in BBC remake 19 Jun 2013 00:00 Poldark Appreciation Society members – fans of the Winston Graham novels set in 18th century Cornwall – took a vote (DAILY MIRROR)

In demand: Richard Armitage

Only one actor is right to play the lead role in the £10million remake of 70s drama Poldark, fans say.

The Poldark Appreciation Society want BBC bosses to sign up North and South hunk Richard Armitage, 41.

The 500 members – fans of the Winston Graham novels set in 18th century Cornwall – took a vote.

Armitage — Lucas North in TV’s Spooks and Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit movies — was the clear winner to take on Robin Ellis’s role as Ross Poldark.

Society founder Val Adams said: “I knew Winston Graham for more than 20 years and I am convinced he would approve of Richard wholeheartedly.”

The BBC may want to take heed – when ITV cast John Bowe as Ross for an attempted re-make in 1996, the Society marched through the streets in protest and the show was an expensive disaster.

Val added: “The ITV fiasco was a flop which could have been avoided if they had listened to the people that know Poldark inside out.

“A new series of Poldark is long overdue and if done correctly should be a massive hit.”

The six-part romantic saga, adapted from the novels of Winston Graham, will return on BBC1 next year.

The Society would also like to see Bill Bailey as Jud Paynter, Pam Ferris as Prudie, Ciaran Hinds as Warleggan and EastEnders actress Jo Joyner as Poldark’s true love Elizabeth.

They were unable to decide who should land the role of Poldark’s wife Demelza, played in the original by the late Angharad Rees.

Set in late 18th century Cornwall, the story tells how dashing Captain Ross Poldark returns to his estate from war, looking forward to a reunion with his family and love of his life Elizabeth.

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