This is the 2015 edition of the memoir of BBC/Masterpiece Theatre actor Robin Ellis, the original Captain Ross Poldark in the BBC classic television series. This expanded edition includes an all new chapter documenting Robin's return to television as part of the new series produced by Mammoth Screen, on behalf of the BBC and Masterpiece/PBS, with Aidan Turner as the new Poldark.
First broadcast in the 1970s, this saga of thwarted love, passion, and swashbuckling adventure, set against hard times in 18th-century Cornwall, became an international sensation, popular in over 40 countries around the world. The memoir also describes the behind-the-scenes story of the original BBC/Masterpiece Theater series, the ongoing effect of "Poldark perks" on Robin's life, and his transformation into a cookbook author.
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Updating a classic
Fascinating, Enjoyable, Satisfying
This audio book is an update of Robin Ellis's book about his star-making participation in the original "Poldark" series, which, in the 1970's, received frenzied attention in the UK,Europe, and in the US. Ellis's tributes to his fellow actors and author Winston Graham, and his own fine sense of story-telling, always made his book a pleasure to revisit over the years. The bonus in this new audio version, (perhaps one of the "Poldark perks", as he describes it) is that, due to his appearances in the 2015 Poldark series, he is again well-placed to provide new behind-the-scenes insights for us die-hard "Poldark" and Robin Ellis fans.
As always,training and experience will out: the author's performance is beautifully-read, and engaging.
I own the print book, but it was a new treat to hear this accomplished actor reading his narrative regarding both the vintage "Poldark" series and the 2015 version.
Brilliantly Awesome Poldark Comes Alive!!!!
Yes! Absolutely. I first read this book when I discovered that it was in print. When I learned about the audio version, I couldn't wait to hear it. Even though I read the print version before, it is like I never read the book. Listening to Robin tell the stories with such great detail and colorful descriptive language in his gorgeous British accent brings everything to life. The stories are interesting and funny. Robin is such a good story teller and even if you aren't familiar with the Poldark novels, you will enjoy.
Robin gives listeners the inside view of what its really like to be a professional actor. There were many times when I laughed out loud or became sad just because life is always changing and some things we wish could last forever. Picturing him as a young actor in of all places, Cornwall, in the 1970s with the likes of Richard Morant and Angharad Reese should have every romantic pining.
He adds honesty and is humble which makes the listener love him and the stories even more! He reveals pieces of his personal life, which for fans like me, appreciate. We feel like we are taken in by his generosity.
I like hearing about the transitions of his life. Because he is an artist and also a risk taker, he ends up in places and situations that he never expected. That's what is fun. That is what life should be about. Taking risks and going for it. That's what all of us wish we could do and Robin Ellis has done it.
One side comment. As an American, I especially liked hearing how to pronounce Angharad's name properly. I can't recommend this book highly enough. I loved it.