Latest News - March 2017
Winston Graham was one of the most successful and prolific novelists of the twentieth century. He wrote in many genres but his best known body of work was undoubtedly the twelve historical ‘Poldark’ novels set in Cornwall at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. In 2015 they come to life again.
New TV series - 2015, 2016, 2017
A fresh adaptation of the Poldark saga, starring Aidan Turner (The Hobbit Trilogy, Being Human) began on BBC1 TV in March 2015. The eight part series was adapted by Debbie Horsfield (Cutting It, The Riff Raff Element) and directed by Ed Bazalgette and William McGregor. Series II, 10 episodes of 60 minutes each, began in September 2016 and very excitingly, Series III is planned for 2017 and filming began in Cornwall during February and March 2017. All the programmes are produced by Mammoth Screen. Andrew Graham, Winston’s son, comments: ‘I am thrilled to see the Poldarks returning to the screen. I have worked closely with Mammoth Screen and their concern to stay faithful to the books has been wonderful. My father would be totally delighted’.
New editions of the Poldark novels
To coincide with the 2015 TV series, Pan Macmillan produced new editions of the Poldark novels, starting with Ross Poldark and Demelza. Similarly, in Autumn 2016, two further novels are re-published on which the TV series is based. These are Jeremy Poldark and Warleggan.
Poldark’s Cornwall re-issued with new photos
Winston’s semi-autobiographical book of Cornwall with its beautiful photos of the Cornish sea and landscapes was re- issued by Pan Macmillan with many new photographs in 2015. The book includes an introduction by Andrew Graham who writes: ‘My father, Winston Graham, effectively wrote two autobiographies. The official one was Memoirs of a Private Man. The other, though not acknowledged as such, is Poldark’s Cornwall. At least that is how my sister, Rosamund, and I see it; and, in addition to the photographs, it is this factor that makes this such an interesting book’.
The Strangles © Photo: Simon McBride
OPERA - exciting news!
The opera Marnie, based on the 1961 Winston Graham novel that inspired the Hitchcock movie, is a new joint commission between the English National Opera (ENO) and New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Composed by Nico Muhly it will premiere at the Coliseum, London in 2017. The opera will debut at the ENO in the autumn of 2017 and at the Dutch National Opera in 2018. The Metropolitan Opera of New York will perform Marnie in its 2019-20 season.
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