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Who Will Play 'Poldark' In The BBC's Reboot Of The 70s Period Drama?


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'Poldark' is set to return to our screens in a brand new reboot almost four decades on from the first episode premiere of the original series.

The BBC costume drama was first aired in 1975, based on the series of books by Winston Graham. It follows the trials and tribulations of Army Officer Ross Poldark's love life as he returns to Cornwall to find that the love of his life, Elizabeth, is set to marry his cousin. Embittered and unable to move on from his stolen love, he marries a simple servant girl named Demelza as the rest of his once idyllic life crashed around him. Filming for the new series is set to begin later this year in Cornwall, though producers are still searching for the right candidate to play the coveted lead role. So far, suggestions as to who might land the part include 'Les Miserables' actor Eddie Redmayne, Matt Smith of 'Doctor Who', 'Kick-Ass' star Aaron Johnson, Jonas Armstrong from 'Robin Hood', 'Merlin''s Colin Morgan, Rob James Collier from 'Downton Abbey' and 'Warm Bodies' actor Nicholas Holt.

BBC1 controller Danny Cohen announced the reboot, which will be adapted by Debbie Horsfield, saying: 'It has been a joy and privilege to commission programmes for BBC One. I hope audiences enjoy the range and creative ambitions of these new dramas for the channel.'

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Downton Abbey Set To Premiere 3rd Season In The US, While Britain Awaits Christmas Special


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While the Downton Abbey Christmas special is set to air in the UK on December 25, 2012, Stateside audiences are still eagerly awaiting the show’s third season. The British Edwardian drama has become something of a cult favorite with US audiences. The fact that over in the UK,Downton Abbey is already well into the season and plans for season 4 are already being announced is probably a bit of a burn then.

Naturally, blogs and social networks are buzzing with speculation over the fate of Mary, Edith and the rest of the Crawley family, as well as the rest of the show’s beloved characters. Because British audiences are ahead on the plot, spoilers abound on the web. Nevertheless, the writers and stars of Downton Abbey continued to keep the plot under wraps during an excerpt screening in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Though not quite spoiling anything major, the cast members did drop some hints about what’s to come for American audiences. Rob James Collier, for example, mentioned that the relationship between Thomas and Mrs O’Brien is about to get even worse, saying that “It's like the Cold War all over again. If there’s one person you don’t want to p*** off, it’s Mrs O.B” Hitfix.com reports. Sounds menacing enough. US audiences will have to wait until the season premiere on January 6, 2013 to catch up.

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