In news that surprised absolutely no one, BBC One drama Poldark was crowned with the Radio Times Audience Award at the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards last night (May 8th 2016). Winning in the only category on the list that had been voted for by members of the public, the show trumped other big hitters Doctor Foster, Humans, The Great British Bake Off, Making a Murderer, and Peter Kay’s Car Share. We had the pleasure of speaking with the victorious cast and crew straight after their win. Here’s what Aidan Turner and co. had to say about the show, James Bond, and male objectification.
Aidan, did you have any doubts or reservations when you were offered the role?
Aidan Turner: “Well it’s rare that I get offered anything, but when it came in I thought ‘Yeah!’. It’s one of those ones you read and think ‘I just can’t turn this down, there’s too much in it for me’. It was brilliant. Incredible adaptation by Debbie Horsfield who’s standing behind me here, and Winston Graham gave us incredible novels to work on, and it’s really a talented, great cast. It was a no-brainer.”
Does it surprise you how much of a phenomenon it’s become with the fans?
AT: “Yeah, well I don’t think any of us expected it to be quite the success that it is. You never know what an audience is gonna attach themselves to, but yeah, it’s a huge surprise and a great honour that we’ve had that kind of support.”
What can you tell us about season two?
AT: “I can’t tell you anything! I’d get fired within seconds!”