Poldark has sprung into Spring and it seems to be a hit. Well Aidan Turner has certainly hit the spot with many a female viewer and at least two chaps I've spoken to. It's not just his extraordinary good looks that have led to this response, it is his performance as well. Having spent quite a lot of time with him last summer, I can tell you he certainly put in the work. Being top dog on a long shoot means that you are hardly ever off camera. It takes a huge amount of mental concentration and physical fitness to survive the seemingly unending schedule of dawn starts and night wraps. To deliver a performance of substance on top of all that, is quite an achievement. Aidan excelled in all those areas, whilst proving a charming, generous and thoroughly entertaining colleague to boot - 18th Century boot, of course. He deserves all the praise he has received so far and the accolades that will surely follow.
In between swooning over Ross Poldark, a few close relatives of mine noticed a bewigged, grumpy codger that looked a bit like me. They were correct. Dr Thomas Choake - the local curmudgeon, barbaric medical practitioner and wealthy investor - was certainly fun to play. Several people on social media have already nicknamed him 'Doc Poldark', which I hope is a compliment. Debbie Horsfield's terrific adaptation brought to life the world of Winston Graham and its myriad characters with great skill,detail and humour, and I was very happy to be in the mix. As my old mate, the dearly missed Warren Clarke, pointed out on set one day, 'Isn't it nice. We've got two Aarh's, a joint grimace and an Hurrumph this morning and then it's lunch.' Happy days under blue Cornish skies.