When does the new series of Poldark start?

By Rosemary Collins, 10 July 2019 - 2:29pm

We take a look at the top family history TV and radio programmes this month - including PoldarkWho Do You Think You Are?Gentleman Jack and more

Aidan Turner in series 5 of Poldark
Aidan Turner plays Ross for possibly the last time in series 5 of Poldark (Credit: Alamy)

Pick of the month


Starts Sunday 14 July

No more will we get to watch Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark bare his chest. Or wonder at how poor Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) puts up with her moody husband. Or get to boo the dastardly machinations of George Warleggan (Jack Farthing). Sadly, the fifth series of Poldark will be the last – for the foreseeable future at least.

We return to Cornwall at the beginning of the 19th century. Following the death of his former sweetheart Elizabeth, Ross has decided to turn his back on life in Westminster and instead spend more time in Cornwall with his nearest and dearest. But life is never that easy, and an old friend’s need for help ultimately leads to Ross questioning his loyalties to king and country.

Unusually, the new series isn’t based on Winston Graham’s novels. Rather, with the blessing of the writer’s estate, Debbie Horsfield’s scripts bridge the decade-long gap between novels seven and eight, The Angry Tide and The Stranger from the Sea.

As to whether this is really the end, Horsfield said at a screening: “Never say never. We’ve had an amazing run but there are five books left, and who knows what could happen in a few years’ time?”

Get more previews of this month's top TV in the Summer 2019 issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, on sale now


Also showing

Who Do You Think You Are?
Starts Monday 22 July

The wait is over – the much-anticipated sixteenth series of Who Do You Think You Are? starts this month! The first episode features one of the show’s most famous celebrity guests ever – Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. He uncovers a family history as dramatic as any Hogwarts adventure, including a wealthy jeweller ancestor who died by suicide in mysterious circumstances, and a poignant tale from the Western Front.

Gentleman Jack
BBC iPlayer
Until Tuesday 6 August

There’s still time to catch up on another hit BBC period drama. Gentleman Jack tells the true story of Anne Lister (fabulously played by Suranne Jones), a 19th century Yorkshire landowner who broke many of the barriers restricting women’s lives at the time – studying science, investing in the burgeoning coal mining industry and looking for a woman to share her life with. Based on Lister’s own coded diaries, it’s a powerful reimagining of the hidden lives of LGBT people throughout history.

Charles I: Downfall of a King
BBC Four
Tuesday 9 - Thursday 11 July

How did Charles I so lose the trust of Parliament that civil war broke out? This three-part drama-documentary series finds historian Lisa Hilton looking anew at the Stuart monarch, and asking whether we should see him as an autocratic villain, as he’s so often portrayed, or a victim.

Beecham House
Sunday 14 and 21 July

ITV’s epic new period drama reaches its dramatic conclusion. The six-part series follows the story of John Beecham, a British soldier turned trader in late 18th century Delhi, and shows the beginnings of Britain’s dominion of the subcontinent from European and Indian perspectives.

Open Country
Radio 4
Starts Thursday 4 July

The long-running countryside show often features episodes that look back at the past. The current series is no exception, with episodes considering how getting involved in archaeology can help military personnel deal with trauma, and the story of Rockfield in Monmouthshire, the residential recording studio where Queen recorded most of Bohemian Rhapsody, a facility located on a family farm.

War Factories
Starts Wednesday 17 July

Even the cleverest general cannot win battles without equipment and supplies. So it follows that the story of the Second World War is in great part a tale of industrial production, as this eight-part series explores. The first episode considers how Nazi Germany lost the war of the skies. In 1932 Germany had an aviation sector that made just 36 planes in a year. Nevertheless, as the decade progressed production was ramped up so that the industry produced tens of thousands of planes, and secured aerial dominance over Europe. But it was an advantage that the Nazis were unable to maintain. Other episodes in July focus on the Krupp company, which made the Panzer tank and U-boats, and the British engineering giant that gave the world the Spitfire.

The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files
BBC iPlayer
Until Wednesday 24 July

Historian and TV presenter David Olusoga (A House Through Time, Civilisations) uncovers secret government archives revealing the story behind the Windrush Generation scandal last year: an unofficial 'hostile environment' policy towards black Commonwealth citizens dating back to the arrival of the Windrush in 1948.


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