Described by The Telegraph critic Allison Pearson as “devastatingly good”, Poldark is the perfect blend of action, adventure, forbidden romance and intrigue, set against the stunning Cornish coast.
An instant hit when it first screened on BBC One in 2015, the show raked in around six million viewers per week (as well as a further seven million in the US), making it one of the most watched shows in Britain – and boasting more than TWICE the audience of Game of Thrones.
Written with vim, vigour and a modern sensibility, Debbie Horsfield captured the public’s imagination AND maintained its prime time slot. To the distress of its loyal fans, its fifth and final season aired in the summer of 2019, but its legacy endures…
Meet Debbie Horsfield and the team to find out how it was written and produced, why it was such an enormous success and how to keep ratcheting up the drama, season upon season.
If you want to write multi-season historical drama for television, this is an absolutely unmissable session.
Appearing in this session
Credits include Poldark, Life in Squares, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Credits include Poldark; Sex, Chips & Rock 'n Roll; All The Small Things
Credits include Poldark, Death in Paradise, Silent Witness
Credits include Poldark, Ordeal by Innocence
Credits include Poldark, Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders