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Poldark, Season 3 Sundays October 1 – November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET On MASTERPIECE on PBS Courtesy of Robert Viglasky/Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE

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Curses on you, Ross Poldark!
Poldark, Season 3
Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson are back in an all-new season of Poldark on MASTERPIECE
Sundays, October 1 – November 19, 2017 on PBS

Does George Warleggan finally have the upper hand against his archenemy, Ross Poldark? Can George’s growing power in Cornwall cement his control over the fate of his populist foe? Dream on! MASTERPIECE presents the latest thrilling exploits of Ross Poldark and his fiery partner, Demelza, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley) as the intrepid eighteenth- century duo, on Poldark, Season 3, airing in eight action-packed episodes, Sundays, October 1 – November 19, 2017 at 9pm on WOUB.

Poldark, Season 3 Sundays October 1 - November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET On MASTERPIECE on PBS Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE
Poldark, Season 3
Sundays October 1 – November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET On MASTERPIECE on PBS
Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE

The new season costars Jack Farthing as the dastardly George and Heida Reed as his bewitching wife, Elizabeth, now estranged from her first love, Ross—or is she? Also returning are Caroline Blakiston as Ross’s crusty Aunt Agatha, whose passion in life is tormenting George; Beatie Edney as the irascible servant Prudie; Luke Norris as stalwart Dr. Dwight Enys; and Gabriella Wilde as Dwight’s secret fiancée, the fetching heiress Caroline Penvenen.

Last season, TV Guide was captivated by Poldark’s “myriad pleasures, not the least of which is Aidan Turner’s swarthy charisma as the chivalrous and perilously proud crusader of Cornwall. … Poldark is the sort of great escape you would be foolish to resist.”

Critics have been equally enthralled with Season 3, which recently aired in the UK. The Independent (London) lauded the “action-filled opener,” with its panoply of plot developments that “helped the atmospheric drama gallop out of the starting blocks.”

And gallop it does. Episode One introduces fresh doubts about the paternity of Elizabeth’s impending baby, along with some consequential new characters, including Ellise Chappell as Elizabeth’s pretty cousin Morwenna. Hired as the governess for Elizabeth’s young son (by her previous marriage to Poldark’s cousin Francis), Morwenna is soon a pawn in George’s grand game to win political influence.

Poldark, Season 3 Sundays October 1 - November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET On MASTERPIECE on PBS Shown from left to right: Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Penvenen, Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza, and Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE
Poldark, Season 3
Sundays October 1 – November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
On MASTERPIECE on PBS
Shown from left to right: Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Penvenen, Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza, and Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark
Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE

Morwenna would prefer to share company with Demelza’s strapping brother Drake, a lay minister played by Harry Richardson (Dunkirk), but George intends her to marry the recently widowed Reverend Whitworth, portrayed with unctuous piety by Christian Brassington (Elizabeth: The Golden Age). Whitworth gives every indication of being a rank libertine, to the horror of the upright and innocent Morwenna. Meanwhile, George manages to abuse every privilege he accrues in his ruthless climb to power.

Also enlivening the new season are a mysterious plague of frogs, a thwarted famine, and Aunt Agatha’s eagerly anticipated one-hundredth birthday party, which has a catastrophic catch. But the most stirring action involves the French Revolution, which manages to ensnare one of the program’s main characters in its Reign of Terror, prompting Poldark’s most dangerous mission yet.

Perhaps even more perilous—at least for his psyche—is Ross’s cooling attitude toward Demelza. Reckless to a fault, he appears to be throwing it all away—a magistracy, a seat in Parliament, his lands, and even his red-haired beauty. What on earth could he be thinking?

Poldark, Season 3 is a Mammoth Screen production for the BBC and MASTERPIECE. Based on the novels by Winston Graham, it is written and created for television by Debbie Horsfield, produced by Roopesh Parekh and Michael Ray and directed by Joss Agnew and Stephen Woolfenden. The executive producers are Debbie Horsfield, Karen Thrussell and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC and Rebecca Eaton for MASTERPIECE. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Poldark, Season 3 Sundays October 1 - November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET On MASTERPIECE on PBS Shown from left to right: Harry Marcus as Geoffrey Charles, Harry Richardson as Drake Carne and Ellise Chappell as Morwenna Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE
Poldark, Season 3
Sundays October 1 – November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
On MASTERPIECE on PBS
Shown from left to right: Harry Marcus as Geoffrey Charles, Harry Richardson as Drake Carne and Ellise Chappell as Morwenna
Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE

Episode One
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 9pm ET
George has everything going for him: Elizabeth, an heir, the Poldark lands, his own church. Meanwhile, Demelza’s brothers, Sam and Drake, take up preaching. And after Caroline and Dwight elope, Dwight vanishes.

Episode Two
Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 9pm ET
Ross goes to revolutionary France to search for information about Dwight. George dispenses rough justice in his new role as magistrate. Drake falls in love with the governess Morwenna.

Episode Three
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 9pm ET
A failed harvest incites food riots, which George handles harshly. Demelza and Ross get a family addition. Morwenna gets an unwelcome suitor in Rev. Whitworth. A clever plan to import grain foils George.

Episode Four
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9pm ET
With Dwight languishing in a French prison, Ross takes a desperate gamble. Drake joins Ross’s mission after Morwenna breaks with him. George jockeys for a triumph in politics.

Poldark, Season 3 Sundays October 1 - November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET On MASTERPIECE on PBS Shown: Luke Norris as Dr. Dwight Enys Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE
Poldark, Season 3
Sundays October 1 – November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
On MASTERPIECE on PBS
Shown: Luke Norris as Dr. Dwight Enys
Courtesy of Mammoth Screen for BBC and MASTERPIECE

Episode Five
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 9pm ET
Frogs drive George to the breaking point, leading him to set a trap for Drake. A gift from Geoffrey Charles proves deadly. Dwight’s prison experience threatens his relationship with Caroline.

Episode Six
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 9pm ET
Rev. Whitworth puts Morwenna through the tortures of the damned. Aunt Agatha and George cross swords in their deadliest match yet. Demelza gets an admirer who owes his life to Ross.

Episode Seven
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 9pm ET
Morwenna gives birth and plunges into despair. George triumphs, as the ground collapses under his relationship with Elizabeth. Ross and Demelza bare their souls.

Episode Eight
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 9pm ET
Elizabeth turns the tables on George. Rev. Whitworth is checkmated. Demelza and Lt. Armitage reveal their true feelings. Poldark makes a vow.