Aidan Turner on the challenges of being Poldark

“You’re at the mercy of Mother Nature”

By Amy Lewis, 31 August 2016
Aidan Turner on the challenges of being Poldark

Aidan Turner is set to reprise his role as Captain Ross Poldark on BBC One this Sunday, as the period drama returns to our screens for an epic second series.

“This huge wave picked up the boat and slammed it into my head”

But if you thought filming the show was simply a case of frolicking around the Cornish coast for a few months of the year, basking in the fresh air and soaking up the sunshine, you’d be wrong.

As the actor reveals, there are certain challenges that come with stepping into Poldark’s shoes – not least the film set.

Aidan revealed in a new interview that rather than create all the action in a studio and add in the landscape using special effects, when you see him wading through a rough looking sea or bracing against powerful winds and waves, it’s all real.

So real in fact, that he recently picked up a fairly serious injury.

Talking to the Radio Times, Aidan described a scene in which he sustained a worrying head injury while one underwater cameraman was left with concussion.

“We were filming me lifting Demelza out of a boat in the actual sea when this huge wave picked up the boat and slammed it into my head,” he explains. “I dropped her in the water – not very Ross Poldark!”

“These waves, you wouldn’t think there’s anything to them, but once you get out there you’re at the mercy of Mother Nature and she doesn’t care how well the previous season rated.”

Crikey, we’re glad they all made it out of there in one piece!

Poldark will be back on our TV screens at 9pm this Sunday, and is set to see tensions run high. Watch the teaser trailer for a sneak peek: