Poldark series 2 will omit controversial rape scene from novels
The second series of Poldark has cut a scene from the novels in which hero Ross Poldark forces himself on his former fiancée Elizabeth.
In both the original novels by Winston Graham and the 1970s BBC adaptation, Ross broke into the home of Elizabeth and raped her on her bed after Elizabeth accused him of treating her like a “slut”.
However, series star Aidan Turner told the Sun that this scene had been axed from the new series of Poldark, instead replaced by a consensual extra-marital sex scene between Ross and Elizabeth.
Turner said: “It seems consensual, and it just seems right. He goes to talk. He doesn’t go to commit a crime.
“They talk and it seems like there is still this spark between them, this unfinished business emotionally.
“Certainly, that’s how Ross feels. He doesn’t force himself upon her.”
A source from the production explained: “Ross is a hero and times have changed since the 1950s and 1970s.
“The new series reflects that in a way that keeps Ross Poldark as the romantic hero that fans want.”
The first series of Poldark saw hero Ross return from the revolutionary wars in America to find Elizabeth engaged to his cousin and his family mining business in disrepair. He later fell in love with and married feisty servant Demelza, despite continuing to hold a torch for Elizabeth. The series ended with the tragic death of Ross and Demelza’s baby daughter from fever and the wrongful arrest of Ross for murder and the wrecking of a ship on his land.