Ross Poldark has smartened up as the famously-rugged star of the late 18th Century has opted for a buttoned-up coat with wide lapels and the addition of a waistcoat draped over the top. The look is sealed by a resplendent white cravat and classic bicorn.
Nevertheless the opening of series four will see Poldark stepping out of the Cornish sea topless as another image released ahead of the broadcast shows him in soaking tan breeches and very little else. Star Aiden Turner commented that filming the shot was “pretty cold. It wasn’t pleasant, no. For a lot of reasons, it wasn’t pleasant.”
The new outfit is thought to relate to the end of series three when Poldark ran for Parliament. Fans speculate that this rise in sartorial splendour may relate to just such a rise in status with his election. Despite frequently reminding viewers that the drama is not a “stripper show” he has admitted that such tight Regency tailoring for 1796 does have its drawbacks. “I have to keep relatively fit just to fit into the costumes,” he said.
Asked about taking Poldark to Wesminster Turner said “It’s where his passion lies, it’s what he’s interested in, and that’s where he needs to fight George Warleggan (Jack Farthing), not in Cornwall any more but in the House of Commons. That’s where it’s at.”
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