Poldark Remake Causes Tourism Boom
Last month swashbuckling heart throb Poldark returned to our screens, in a 2015 BBC adaptation of the famous novels by Winston Graham. Each of the novels chronicling the Poldark story were subtitled ‘A novel of Cornwall’, and the beautiful scenes of rugged cliff faces and rolling countryside presented in the TV series are set to create a tourism boom.
Poldark is set in 18th Century Cornwall, where Ross Poldark returns from war to find his father dead and his house in ruins. He then sets about re-opening his father’s mine in search of copper, to boost the local economy and stop the local villagers from starving. The story not only narrates local struggles and class divides, but also his love for two women – the beautiful Elizabeth who married his cousin, and his kitchen maid Demelza who becomes his wife.
The back drop to this drama is absolutely stunning, using locations such as Gunwalloe, Charlestown and Porthgwarra to capture Cornwall’s harsh but beautiful landscape. Now tourism bosses are expecting an influx of Poldark fans to visit Cornwall, as the same happened for Highclere Castle; the set the ever popular Downton Abbey.
Poldark has already boosted Cornwall’s income, with production crew spending around £30,000 per day during filming on crew, transport, hotel stays and food etc. Now local tourism experts are hoping visitors will flock to Cornwall, and are planning to capitalise on the new exposure by creating Poldark themed holidays and competitions.
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