Sure, Poldark season 3 is still a couple of months away from premiering on BBC One, but why not go ahead and talk Poldark season 4 for a moment or two?
Specifically, what we’ve got for you within this article is some of the first bit of news regarding what sort of stories we could see being covered in this upcoming season. Many of you reading this article are probably fans of the Winston Graham books that serve as the inspiration for the show, and this news will be more interesting for you than for TV-only fans; admittedly, we’re a viewer of the show only and don’t have background into the books. It’s an intentional move on our part, largely because we don’t want to judge the series based solely on whatever opinion that we might have about the source material on which the story is based.
In a new post on Twitter, the show’s official account made it clear that season 4 will have eight episodes, and that they will covering half of Four Swans and then also all of The Angry Tide. Basically, this will bring you to the end of book seven of Graham’s series. There are twelve books in total of the main Poldark series, and we could see the remaining five books being stretched out into three more seasons beyond season 4 without having to change the pacing of the story all that much. There will always be more information in the books than the series, but this is something anyone familiar with adaptations likely knows already. Both are great experiences, but inevitably they are also different experiences.
In going back to the episode count for a moment, season 4 will be the shortest season for the series since season 1. Season 2 ran for ten episodes, while season 3 is set to run for nine. We don’t foresee there being any significance here beyond the fact that this is the amount of story that felt natural to the creative team behind the scenes. We do think that shorter orders are probably useful to the show’s cast and crew, given that this is a fairly exhausting job that requires long hours and a substantial amount of time being outdoors. It may be a labor of love, but it is still labor.
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