Watching Corsham, our Wiltshire town, transform into the Cornish city, Truro, for the BBC re-make of Poldark, due to be shown in early 2015. There's nothing like a proper period drama to counteract the post-Christmas blues.
The Poldark books by Winston Graham, follow the fortunes of the eponymous Ross Poldark in the late 18th century as he returns from the American Revolutionary War, loses out in love (and then wins some years later), and reopens the family's derelict tin mine.
I read several of the books as a teenager. They are a dim memory now, however at the time were just the right fodder for someone who had grown out of children's books but was too young for grown-up literature.
Over the bank holiday last weekend we watched some of our town centre buildings take on new persona.
|The jewellers kept its theme but |
changed its name from Coppins to S. Solomon.
|The Post Office became a circulating library and publishers.|
|Our favourite Indian restaurant became a saddlers.|
|How I would love to be able to get a stage waggon from|
here to Cornwall, EVERY DAY!
|A Haberdashers appeared at the front of a house.|
|Making the plastic eggs look nice.|
|Fancy a plastic pork pie?|
|It's Cornwall so there have to be fake pasties!|
|Rabbit skins for sale!|
|Being a Devon lass, I've always bemoaned Wiltshire's |
lack of coast and freshly caught fish, so I drooled over the pilchards.
On Tuesday the filming started.
We've developed a new appreciation of our town's old buildings now we've seen them step back in time and look much as they would have done when they were newly built.
|Actresses walking down Church Lane. The one on the |
right is checking her phone, which looked a little incongruous.
|Well behaved sheep in front of the Royal Oak. |
They were complaining
that they always get typecast.
|The Truro yokels receiving some instructions.|
The star of the show is Aidan Turner, who plays Ross Poldark. I'd never heard of him before, but he is known for his role as Kili in The Hobbit. Obviously we're all his biggest fans now. Son's class got to walk down to watch the filming on Wednesday and saw Aidan in action. Sadly I only spotted him once filming was over on Thursday morning and he was walking back to his vehicle but the rear view of Aidan and his entourage (including his own umbrella carrier) was good enough for me.
|This cheerful chap (pictured in front of the town hall)|
wasn't important enough for an umbrella or a warm jacket
but I'll still look out for him when the show is aired..
|The extras didn't get umbrellas, or a Mercedes to transport them, |
just plastic macs and minibuses.