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Cast and Fans of an Old TV Show Unite on Zoom Call

Ellen Levitt

Posted on November 1, 2020 22:16

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Cast members and some fans of the 1970s British TV show Poldark gathered for a 45th anniversary Zoom call. It was a fun diversion.

Americans of all ages and interests are quite nervous now, what with an important election approaching, COVID-19 illnesses rising, and economic woes mounting. We seek diversions, however fleeting. People turn to meditation, exercise, baking, scrapbooking, TV binging, music, drinking, and more. I found an hour-plus fun diversion while being part of a Zoom call for an old television show.

Poldark was a popular BBC TV show in the mid-1970s and had a cult following in the United States and other countries as well. My parents and I watched the show on Channel 13, the local Public Broadcasting System station. I enjoyed it and after Mom read the Winston Graham book series upon which the show was based, I read them too. 

Poldark was about groups of people in Cornwall, England in the 1780s and 1790s. Much of the focus was on romantic and family relationships, with Ross Poldark as the lead, as well as a historical drama with many interesting details, and the differences between the wealthy gentry and the poor working class of the region. Then in the 2010s Poldark was remade and became popular all over again, with Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson.

I follow a Facebook page devoted to Poldark, and an admin (Meredith Wheeler) of the page put together a 45th-anniversary Zoom call of the original series, with six members of the cast and Andrew Graham, the son of book author Winston Graham. The Zoom call lasted nearly 90 minutes and it was fun, and interesting to me because I got to hear about the experiences of the actors who were involved.

Among those cast members who participated and reminisced were Robin Ellis, who played lead Ross Poldark; Clive Francis, who played his cousin Francis Poldark; Kevin McNally, who played his brother in law Drake Carne; David Delve, who played his other brother in law Sam Carne; Jane Wymark, who played Morwenna Whitworth, and Christopher Biggins, who played Osbourne Whitworth. 

The actors shared memories of the show, including various behind the scenes actions such as pranks they pulled on each other, the cafeteria they ate in, McNally's 21st birthday party off the set, how several got sick after a cold, rainy scene, and other things. They remembered cast members who have since died and talked about how the legacy of this show affected them throughout their acting careers. 

I found it very interesting to see how these actors have aged, and discussions of the filming and recording technology of the 1970s. A few things mentioned were also a bit risque, and at least one actor diplomatically mentioned that he wasn't thrilled about working with another cast member. A fan of the show who lives in Cornwall also spoke about how he is helping to spearhead a preservation effort for a building ("Nampara") used in the show. Other fans typed in questions and comments.

TV history can be intriguing, and learning about the acting life is interesting to us non-theatrical types.

Ellen Levitt

Posted on November 1, 2020 22:16

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