I still haven’t worked out who I want to be or what I want to do when I grow up, so on this blog please join me while I try and work it out!  Find home and fashion inspiration; travel and days out; photography, writing and more. Aiming for slow living whilst trying to cram it all in! Have fun looking around 🙂



Poldark review. BBC1 Sunday evenings

Well, we’re three episodes in, so I’ve given this new Poldark series a good chance before writing the review. Firstly, I have to say that I am a massive fan of the original 1975 series. My sister and I watched it first when it was repeated in 1988 and I couldn’t believe the fact that the boy called Ross in my class was actually named after the main character! (Spoiler alerts coming up if you haven’t yet caught up!)

poldarkI’ll be honest, the books by Winston Grahame didn’t grab me at first, and found them too slow, but I’ve listened to the audio books that I could find at least twice and am currently doing a re-cap. I heard that this series was meant to be more closely related to the books so I wanted to refresh my memory. I’m glad I did because throughout these new episodes my husband is constantly remarking on the differences to the first series, and I can knowledgeably tell him whether or not it is accurate to the books! We’re always telling off the kids for talking through programmes, but we find ourselves being the worst culprits because we can’t help but mention comparisons.

The first episode was a little bit disappointing as I felt it lacked some oomph; but it has picked up a bit since then. Unlike some of the fans of the original, I don’t have any problems with the new cast and can quickly see them fitting their characters. Francis Poldark took a little longer, and I’m yet to picture him being the charismatic life and soul of a party like he is in the books, but we’ll see. I’ve been a fan of Aiden Turner since Being Human, so was delighted at him being cast as Ross. (I was always a bit disappointed that I never fancied Robin Ellis!) I loved everything about the scenery and the acting, but not so happy about the editing. They have been put under too much pressure by trying to fit in 2 books into an 8 part series and it just doesn’t work. There is no time for anything. No time to really grasp who the smaller parts are and no time to really get the feel of anyone’s characters. There’s a ridiculous amount of music; it’s like pieces of music and montage along with stunning shots of Cornwall strung together with tiny snapshots of dialogue. You can’t feel Verity’s pain at losing Captain Blamey because it looks like they only knew each other for about a week, not the six months it should have been, so I find myself constantly explaining things like this to the kids as they haven’t seen the original series or read the books. With its popularity, I’m really hoping they can slow down in future series and even cover only one book for each.

My favourite scene so far is when Demelza walked in on Ross and Elizabeth talking the day after they’d..you know..and you could tell by everyone’s expressions that they all knewVerity what was going on. Really well done! And of course, I adore the costumes. I wish we’d seen Demelza’s wedding dress in its entirety. Verity’s at the ball is my favourite at the moment, though I do like Elizabeth’s velvet riding jacket too.

I can’t wait for tonight’s episode.


Poldark [DVD]

by Aidan Turner [ITV Studios Home Entertainment]
Price: £8.99 -

Entertainment, TV,
00no comment

Other posts you may like:

Dorling Kindersley Fashion book review
The book you must buy if you’re interested in Fashion – the ultimate book of costume and style Published by DK Dorling Kindersley – Book review
October 30, 2017
Everything about the cover of this book is misleading, and unfortunately you will find it in bookshops with a cellophane wrapper so you may not be able to look inside. With only the word ‘Fashion’ in bold pink letters on the spine, and a modern slim-fitting dress flocked on the front, you would be forgiven for thinking this is a book about modern fashion. You’d be wrong…
Bedroom renovating part 1 – Making a reclaimed rustic wooden headboard
October 22, 2016
I watched back the September Favourites You Tube video I made, and I don’t think my tone of voice was sarcastic enough when I said that next time I’d be in the bedroom with a white headboard with fairy-lights and a vase of flowers and candle in the background! (This seems to be the setting of 99% of monthly favourites You Tube videos.) When I made that video we had no headboard at all; flaky plaster; holes in the ceiling and a lot of mess. Last weekend though, we got busy in the bedroom(!)…..
Rogue theatre company review
Review of The Firebird by the Rogue Theatre Company in Cornwall
August 31, 2018
Imagine, if you will, being met by a fairy at the edge of magical woodland, and led down a secret pathway shaded by old twisted rowan and chattering leaves of beech, but lit by glinting lights strung through the branches. Each way you turn you’re met with strange and eerie settings of mysterious white princess bedrooms, strangely metallic baby clothes hanging on a line; gothic ravens adorning old books; abandoned tea parties disturbingly strewn with red; and odd antique paintings foreseeing the future; each with its character singing, dancing or otherwise performing as you pass. And that’s just the beginning…..

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.