Revealing its fourth series, in a very literal sense, popular BBC show Poldark has just announced its comeback with an obligatory topless shot of leading man Aidan Turner. And the internet – and the national press – have promptly had a collective meltdown.
The Sunday night drama has become knowingly associated with Turner’s bare chest ever since an oft-referenced scything scene in an early episode; with fans and the actor himself frequently nodding to the ensuing buzz around it.
But the scything scene may now have been eclipsed.
In the very opening moments of series 4, the actor emerges from the sea in linen pants before rising to a heroic pose on the beach. And it is this moment, reportedly greeted with self-aware laughs at a preview screening, that is being used to promote the forthcoming return.
Aidan Turner’s Ross Poldark on an ordinary day in Cornwall (Photo: BBC/Mammoth Screen)