Poldark season 5: Here’s everything we know so far

Aidan Turner fans, rejoice – Poldark season 5 is in the works. The very sad news, however, is that it’ll be the last one.


Following the recent end of season four, viewers of the BBC period drama have been highly anticipating the next chapter of the popular show based on a series of 12 novels by Winston Graham. But it has now been confirmed that the upcoming fifth season will draw the show to an end, making the whole thing very bittersweet.

The news was  first confirmed by Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield who, talking about the upcoming season in a recent interview, said: ‘As far as we’re concerned it’s going to be the last.’

On 3 February, the show’s producers Mammoth Screen confirmed that filming had wrapped, saying: ‘Poldark has officially wrapped! Thank you to our cast and crew for being simply brilliant.’

As dedicated viewers will know, season four was based on Graham’s seventh novel in the series, The Angry Tide, before going on a ten-year hiatus before the eighth novel, The Stranger from the Sea. So what can we expect from the fifth and final season? Here’s everything we know about Poldark season five so far.

What will Poldark season 5 be about?

If there’s one thing we can expect from the final season, it’ll be that the show will end with a bang.

In fact, the official BBC synopsis reads: ‘It is a new century and with it comes the promise of a hopeful future, but the past casts a long shadow over Cornwall. Following the death of Elizabeth, Ross Poldark resolves to put Westminster behind him and spend more time with the people he loves.

‘However, when an old friend emerges with a plea for help, Ross is compelled to challenge the establishment again. As the Enyses rally to join the cause, Demelza must contend with dangers close to home, while George courts corrupt powers whose influence spans the Empire.’

Similarly, speaking about what to expect from season five, the show’s writer Debbie Horsfield said: ‘In The Stranger from the Sea Winston Graham made many references to developments that happened in the ‘gap’ years. Much can also be inferred.

‘There are, of course, also historical events and people of the time, both in Cornwall and in London. Series five will draw on all of these to follow the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes in this intervening period.’

Who will be in the cast?

Initially, there had been speculation that due to the possible time jump, the main roles could be re-cast, with another actor filling Aidan Turner’s britches as Ross – a move that would make sense considering the huge time jump in the series making Turner’s protagonist 50-years-old at the time the new action starts. But before you go crying into your pillow, this is just a rumour, and pictures from the set confirm that Aiden Turner will be returning for season five – the show just wouldn’t be the same without him.

Other key cast members including Eleanor Tomlinson who plays Demelza will also be coming back for the final series.

When will Poldark season 5 air?

As you can expect, no official air date for the new season has been announced at this stage, but it will be back at some point in 2019.