Project Description

Poldark (BBC One)

  • Channel: BBC One
  • Production Company: Mammoth Screen
  • Genre: Drama
  • Writer: Debbie Horsfield
  • Directors: Ed Bazalgette & William McGregor (series 1); Will Sinclair & Charles Palmer (series 2); Josh Agnew & Stephen Woolfenden (series 3); Josh Agnew & Brian Kelly (series 4); Sallie Aprahamian & Justin Molotnikov (series 5)

  • Producers: Eliza Mellor (series 1); Margaret Mitchell (series 2); Roopesh Parekh & Michael Ray (series 3); Michael Ray (series 4 & 5)

Award-winning BBC One drama set in 18th century Cornwall, starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.

Series one filmed for six months in 2014, with key interior sets built in Tank House 2 including The Red Lion pub and Poldark’s Cornish home. Series two returned in 2015 for a seven month shoot, building additional sets and basing full costume department on site, complete with sewing, dying and fitting rooms. Series three filmed from Sept 2016 – Feb 2017, using Tank Houses 1 and 2 for sets and further space for construction, props and costume.

Series four production ran from Sept 2017 – Jan 2018, and the fifth and final series filmed from Sept 2018 – Feb 2019. By this time Poldark’s studio footprint had grown to a total of 18 sets across three studios, including five main interiors; Poldark’s ‘Nampara’ home in Cornwall and London lodgings, the Warleggans’ homes in Cornwall and London, Whitworth Vicarage and Sawle Kiddley. A period-correct scale replica of the House of Commons was also built for the final two series.

Location filming across Cornwall, Bristol and Wiltshire for each series was coordinated from The Bottle Yard’s production offices. Bristol Film Office supported filming at a number of Bristol locations used over the years including Redcliffe Caves, Bristol Old Vic, St Nicholas’s Market, The New Room, Kings Weston House, Leigh Court and Dyrham Park.

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