12:02pm Friday 10th May 2013
'Poldark' is returning to TV.
The classic costume drama will air in a six-part series on BBC One later this year, almost 40 years after the original - which starred Robin Ellis in the title role alongside Kevin McNally, Christopher Biggins and Trudy Styler - first broadcast.
The show, which will film in Cornwall, is adapted from Winston Graham's novels and is set in the late 18th century.
It tells the story of Captain Ross Poldark who returns home from war to find his father dead, his house in ruins and overrun by unruly servants and the love of his life, Elizabeth, engaged to his cousin after believing him dead.
Bosses are currently searching for a young handsome actor to take on the lead role, with Eddie Redmayne, Matt Smith, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jonas Armstrong, Colin Morgan, Rob James-Collier and Nicholas Hoult all in the frame.
'Poldark' - which is being adapted by 'Cutting It' writer Debbie Horsfield - is not the only new drama the BBC have announced.
BBC Director of Television Danny Cohen and drama boss Ben Stephensen have also commissioned 'Dickensian', a long-running soap-style show set in the world of Charles Dickens.
The show will bring to life many of the iconic author's most famous characters, who will meet each other "in the most surprising of ways".
Danny said: "It has been a joy and privilege to commission programmes for BBC One.
"I hope audiences enjoy the range and creative ambitions of these new dramas for the channel."
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