Hot on the heels of Poldark’s long awaited second series, which launched on Sunday night drawing in 5.1 million viewers, we are excited to confirm that The Bottle Yard Studios is welcoming back the Poldark team for Series 3 of the hit BBC One drama.
Mammoth Screen, the production company behind Poldark, has once again chosen us as their base for production of the new nine-part series, adapted by Debbie Horsfield from the novels by Winston Graham, which began filming this week across Cornwall and Bristol.
Tank House 1 and Tank House 2 are being used for set builds of a number of the drama’s key locations. Space is also being taken for construction and prop workshops as well as an extensive costume department. The entire production will be coordinated from The Bottle Yard Studios’ production offices with Bristol Film Office providing location support.
Howard Ella, Production Executive, Mammoth Screen said: “It’s fantastic to continue Mammoth Screen’s relationship with The Bottle Yard Studios as we return for our third series of Poldark. The range of facilities including production offices, studios and workshops give the perfect base with great access to the region’s amazing and varied locations. With support from Bristol Film Office and local councils, our home in Bristol is one of the cornerstones to Poldark’s success.”
Fiona Francombe, Site Director of The Bottle Yard Studios, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mammoth Screen back for their third series with us. For all three series we have been able to deliver everything they need from a suite of production offices, flexible studio spaces, and an extensive costume department to construction and prop workshops, and all with easy access of their filming locations.
“We are also incredibly proud to see The Bottle Yard Studios’ first apprentice, Bristol-based James Dean, employed on the production team as Production Runner; his first full series role since completing his apprenticeship with us in June 2015.”
The drama sees the return of the nation’s hero Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) and his wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) with the saga promising to go to even more thrilling places. New talent joining the cast includes Harry Richardson and Tom York playing Demelza’s brothers Drake and Sam, and Ellise Chappell as Morwenna, Elizabeth’s cousin.
The new season is produced by Roopesh Parekh (The Hollow Crown: The Wars of The Roses, And Then There Were None) and Michael Ray (Poldark) and directed by Josh Agnew (Mr Selfridge, Jekyll and Hyde) and Stephen Woolfenden (2nd unit director on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). Debbie Horsfield continues to serve as executive producer alongside Tom Mullens, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.
After a 16 month break, Poldark’s second series, which finished seven months of filming at The Bottle Yard Studios earlier this year, returned to Sunday nights on BBC One on 4th September and will air on PBS in the US on 25th September. Picking up exactly where the first series finished, series two sees Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed (Elizabeth) and Jack Farthing (George Warleggan) joined by John Nettles (Midsomer Murders), Gabriella Wilde (Endless Love) and Hugh Skinner (W1A).
Series 3 will transmit in 2017 on BBC One.
Pictured above: Drake Carne (Harry Richardson), Morwenna (Ellise Chappell) and Sam Carne (Tom York)