How many episodes of Poldark and will there be a series 2? – Number of Episodes in 2015

Poldark: Number of episodes in season 1 of the hit remake starring Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson and Heida Reed.

How many episodes in Poldark 2015 are there?

Starting on BBC One at 9:00pm on Sunday the 8th of March 2015, the number of episodes in Poldark will be eight. Each episode of the new series remake will run for 60 minutes, with catch-up available to watch online through BBC iPlayer.

Poldark Cast: Elizabeth (HEIDA REED) and Ross Poldark (AIDAN TURNER) - Image Credit: BBC/Mammoth Screen/Mike Hogan

Elizabeth (HEIDA REED) and Ross Poldark (AIDAN TURNER) – Image Credit: BBC/Mammoth Screen/Mike Hogan

The original first two series of Poldark aired over 29 episodes between 1975 and 1977. Rather than carrying on the story from where the original two series left off, Poldark 2015 will be a remake of the first series, this time an adaptation by Debbie Horsfield of parts one and two of Winston Graham’s sequence of Poldark novels.

Taking over from Robin Ellis in the title role of Captain Ross Poldark will be Irish actor Aidan Turner, previously best known for playing Kíli in ‘The Hobbit’ three-part film series.

Other key new Poldark cast members include Heida Reed as Elizabeth (pictured above with Ross), Jack Farthing as George Warleggan and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza (pictured below).

Again set in Cornwall, the current season of Poldark was filmed on location in the south-west of England during the summer of 2014.

Poldark Cast: Demelza (ELEANOR TOMLINSON) - Image Credit: BBC/Mammoth Screen/Mike Hogan

Demelza (ELEANOR TOMLINSON) – Image Credit: BBC/Mammoth Screen/Mike Hogan

Will there be a Poldark season 2 in 2016?

Update: It was officially announced in April 2015 that Poldark would indeed be returning for a second series. Also, according to Aidan Turner’s interview with the Radio Times, the show could potentially run for up to five seasons. End of update.

Though at the time of writing this, nothing has been officially announced, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the BBC quickly commission a second season of Poldark, with the intention of broadcasting it on BBC1 in early 2016.

With the 1970’s version achieving huge popularity and the kind of viewing figures British TV channels can only dream of nowadays, this 2015 remake has the potential to become a proper worldwide hit. The BBC will be hoping Poldark can achieve similar global success to that enjoyed in recent years by such period dramas as Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Call The Midwife and even The Musketeers. Success Channel 4 is also trying to replicate with its original big-budget series Indian Summers.