PBS acquires ‘Poldark’ season 1, will premiere Aidan Turner series in June

PBS is once again charting out the future, and that includes finding room for a variety of new British shows.

One that we feel like most American audiences should be familiar with is “Poldark.” Starring Aidan Turner, this is a remake of a classic series that is all about what happens in Cornwall after the American Revolution. It’s a strong, action-packed series that should provide a very different perspective on an era in history that is traditionally very one-sided and biased in American history books. The series will air Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time beginning on June 21, and will conclude with a two-hour episode on August 2.

For a little more in the way of information about “Poldark” the series, take a look at how PBS describes it with the “Masterpiece” label attached:

“Ross Poldark rides again in a swashbuckling new adaptation of the hit series that helped launch MASTERPIECE in the 1970s. Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) stars as Captain Poldark, a redcoat who returns to Cornwall after the American Revolution and finds that his fighting days are far from over.”

This series has already generated strong ratings for the BBC, and will be back there to continue telling more stories in 2016. This is a continuing trend for PBS to pick up popular British shows; they already broadcast popular BBC series such as “Call the Midwife” and “Sherlock,” and they also have ITV hits like “Downton Abbey” and “Mr. Selfridge.” All of these shows are still going strong, though “Downton” in particular is currently filming its sixth and final season.

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