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IN MY VIEW Cathy Owen; PREVIEW.

WHAT major national and world events do you remember from 2015? Maybe it was the Tory Party winning a general election, or the world deal on climate change, or possibly an actor who indulged in a spot of topless scything.

When Aidan Turner took his top off in the first series of Poldark, he won a legion of (mainly female) fans and saw the remake of the 1970s series being declared a hit. It was so successful that it pulled in 9.5m viewers and that scything scene was voted TV Moment of the Year 2015.

Now it is time for series two and (unfortunately for scything fans) the Dublin-born actor who plays the lead role has vowed that this time he will be keeping his clothes on.

But the Cornish-based drama, which is back after a 16-month break, promises just as much excitement, drama and simmering tension as first time round.

It starts off where the first series left off and the makers have promised it will take the audience on "another fantastic rollercoaster ride". But it won't all be hearts, flowers and flowing meadows.

As Turner says: "So it's a time when Ross and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) have just lost their child, his company is down the pan, they're broke and he's been arrested. It's a cheery beginning."

New faces joining the cast include Midsomer Murders star John Nettles, who will play a wealthy landowner. The action will be set against the backdrop of the French Revolution and there will be no shortage of drama. BBC bosses have so much confidence in the flagship show of their autumnal offering that series three has already been commissioned.

Could it also offer up another television moment to eclipse the Brexit vote? | Poldark series two starts on BBC One at 9pm @KATHW80 kathryn.williams@walesonline.co.uk

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