The return of a new adaptation of Poldark received a lot of attention in the press, but since I was in high school the first time around and not a PBS or BBC fan, I wasn't aware of the story. And, what a wonderful story it is and produced in the finest tradition of all BBC period dramas. There is sweeping scenery, melodramatic characters and the perfect love triangle. The actor who plays the title character, Ross Poldark, is enigmatic, kind and full of the kind of depth that can be compared to Mr. Darcy. There is English country life with class distinctions highlighted, similar to those in Downton Abbey. In fact, if you are a Downton Abbey fan like me, you will enjoy this series. I'm happy to be once again watching a period drama on Sunday nights.
Also returning this weekend, is perhaps my favorite BBC show, Last Tango In Halifax. The characters in this show are just so well written and the dialogue is so smart. I love a show where the dialogue carries the story and this show revolves around the conversations, rather than the events. It has a unique story, but ultimately is a show about how families work. My favorite relationship is between the two step sisters who after a period of fighting, became closer in last year's episodes. I'm looking forward to seeing their friendship develop even further. It's a very sweet and funny show, well worth catching up on and watching.