It looks like Poldark fans haven’t got too much longer to wait for the hit Cornish period drama series to return.
Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson will both be back as Ross Poldark and his wife Demelza.
Other returning characters will include George Warleggan (Jack Farthing), Elizabeth (Heida Reed), Morwenna (Ellise Chappell), Reverend Ossie Whitworth (Christian Brassington), Drake and Sam Carne (Harry Richardson and Tom York), Prudie (Beatie Edney), Lieutenant Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse), and the Enyses (Luke Norris and Gabriella Wilde).
Set in 1796, the eight new episodes will see Ross defend Cornwall from an empowered George Warleggan, while Demelza finds her loyalties torn and Elizabeth tries to strengthen her marriage.
Last year’s season of Poldark began airing at the start of June, to avoid a clash on Sunday nights in the autumn with ITV’s Victoria, as had happened in 2016.
A BBC source has revealed that 2018’s season will likely be broadcast around the same time of year as Season 3 on BBC One: “We fully expect series four to air in early summer again.”
Poldark writer Debbie Horsfield previously told Radio Times: “I think it has held its own over the summer and so I am guessing that – and it is a guess – that there’s no reason to change that.”
She joked: “The thing about the English weather is it’s so terrible and it’s still raining outside anyway so people stay in to watch TV. Everyone’s pleased with the viewing figures and so many people are watching.”
The complete first and second seasons of Poldark are available to buy on DVD now.
Season 4 will air in the US later this year on Masterpiece on PBS.