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BBC hit Poldark returns to capture American hearts

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Can a sexy British rogue who fought on the wrong side of the Revolutionary War recapture the hearts and minds of American viewers? Forty years after a television adaptation was first broadcast, a new version of the historical saga Poldark has arrived on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater. The remake aired in the UK in April–May and regularly attracted 5-7 million viewers, making it a hit on par with Downton Abbey and the 1995 miniseries Pride and Prejudice. Poldark is based on a series of 12 novels by Winston Graham written between 1945 and 2002. Set on the stunningly beautiful coast of Cornwall, the story opens in 1783 as Captain Ross Poldark returns from fighting against the rebels in the Revolutionary War.…

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