A star studded night on the red carpet with the stars of Poldark.
It starts with an email: an invitation to the preview of the first episode of series two of Poldark… and meet the three main stars Aidan Turner (Ross Poldark), Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza Poldark) and Jack Farthing (the evil George Warleggan). We are the envy of nearly the whole office (there’s always one or two who don’t get it) where Poldark fever’s already high.
Sadly, it’s raining by the time we get to St Austell, but during the previous few days the hype around the series and the enigmatic Ross Poldark has been growing and we are both really excited to be attending such a prestigious red carpet event. We check in with the guys from the BBC and then, despite the rain, head off to watch the stars on the red carpet. We can hear the noise before we catch sight of the crowds; people are standing about 10 to 12 deep round the cordoned-off red carpet. There’s a quiet buzz of conversation as we all chat to the people around us… and then a hush descends… swiftly followed by a huge cheer: the stars have arrived!
We all go a little bit mad and Felix is behaving like a true paparazzo holding his camera in the air and clicking away over people’s heads in the hope of getting a picture. All three stars are absolutely charming taking time with people, despite the rain; having their pictures taken with fans, signing autographs and even bestowing the odd kiss or two. Then the stars are whisked away, the crowd share stories and pictures with their neighbours, and it’s time for us to be ushered into the cinema for the screening. Inside, after a brief welcome, the lights are dimmed, the music swells and we are all totally immersed in Cornwall and all things Poldark. It is fabulous to watch on a large screen; the landscapes and the stars look sensational; we are transported back to a different time but in scenery we know so well. It’s over far too soon.
The lights go up and, amid cheers, the stars walk onto the small platform right in front of us; after a moment of being completely star-struck, I manage to find my voice and get an early question in, asking where there favourite bits of Cornwall are. Jack Farthing who is much, much nicer than his alter ego, the evil George in the series, answers first. “I’ve only just finished a holiday at Trebetherick, I can’t seem to keep away, I have completely fallen in love with Cornwall. But I guess Charlestown is my absolute favourite place: it’s like a compact version of everything Cornwall has to offer.” Then Eleanor, who plays Demelza, chips in: “Yes, Charlestown is one of my favourites too. But it’s Bodmin moor that I really love; Demelza really seems to come alive on the moor.” Finally it’s Aidan’s turn. He gives us all a lovely, warm smile. “I really love the whole area and spectacular coastline around St Just where Ross Poldark has his mines. It’s quite unique. Oh, and the cove at Porthgwarra, that’s stunning.” Writer of the series and executive producer Debbie Horsfield adds: “Cornwall has become another character in the series, a character with a huge personality! We have to put up with all she throws at us weather-wise, and really make the most of those dark brooding skies, magnificent storms and gorgeous calm days with their still bright blue skies and glittering seas that are all part of being in the county.”
We make our way out into the dark, wet night, exchanging stories and feeling very privileged to have been part of it all. A red carpet first for us. And Cornwall is very definitely one of the main stars!
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