Porthcurno’s wide sandy beach in the southwest is an awesome location and is used for many of the shots of the fictitious Nampara Cove, close to where Ross and Demelza have their farmhouse.
And I found out what happened in southern Cornwall when the film crew clashed with an irate resident. What I mostly found while travelling around this luscious county was that Cornwall is most definitely the biggest star of the TV series which also has Eleanor Tomlinson, as the feisty Demelza.
During filming, we were told, one of the residents of the nearby hamlet was annoyed at finding the crew blocking the entrance to his front garden, while filming, while he had to wait on the sidelines, kicking up the turf.
Perhaps he was one of the few residents in the area without a passion for Poldark.
One very affable assistant told us that Turner was a lovely fellow and although as Ross Poldark he has a lot of swagger, in real life, we were told, he’s quite different.
He’s still got that Irish charm but he’s also the kind of guy who likes to keep himself to himself; a bit reserved, surprisingly.
My partner in odysseys big and small, Jim, and I had gone to Cornwell in search of the locations from the show – the wild romantic clifftops that are momentous even without Turner in his tricorn galloping Seamus in a flat race, close to the edge; the long sandy beaches, like Holywell and Porthcurno, and also locations on the north coast that inspired Winston Graham’s 12-novel saga which he started in the 1940s.