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Making Poldark: Memoir of a BBC/Masterpiece Theatre Actor

Making Poldark: Memoir of a BBC/Masterpiece Theatre Actor [Kindle Edition]

Robin Ellis
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This is the memoir of BBC/Masterpiece Theatre actor Robin Ellis, who offers his own behind-the-scenes account of making Poldark--one of the most successful British classic television series of all time.
Based on the novels of Winston Graham, Poldark is a swashbuckling saga of passion, adventure and heartbreak, set against the dramatic backdrop of eighteenth-century Cornwall. Hugely popular in both the US and UK when it first aired in the 1970s, the series remains a favorite on DVD, entertaining and enchanting new generations of viewers in 35 countries throughout the world.
This updated edition of Making Poldark reveals the story behind the proposed-but-never-filmed third series, along with a look at Robin's later work--including his second career as cookbook author. It also includes previously unpublished photographs from Winston Graham's personal Poldark album and from Robin's own private collection.

About the Author

Robin Ellis is best known for playing the leading role in the BBC series Poldark, based on the novels of Winston Graham. He has had a long career in British television and theatre, including a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He now lives in Southwestern France with his American wife and a menagerie of animals. Robin’s life-long passion for cooking, plus a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, led him to author his first cookbook in 2011, Delicious Dishes for Diabetics: A Mediterranean Way of Eating.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12082 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983939829
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Palo Alto Publishing; 1 edition (19 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VJQ8AW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never get enough! 9 Oct 2012
I loved reading all the stuff about how Robin got the part, where the cast rehearsed, how Dennis the Horse tended to steal the show during filming, and what the cast thought of each other and their respective parts. All the old photos, too.

And now I finally understand what happened after that second season and why they didn't continue with the series.

The second part, about Robin's interest in healthy cooking. made me look up his website where I found a bunch more photos.

I've seen the color version of the book. Not all the photos are in color, but there's an excellent series of color photos apparently from Robin's own collection, and another from Winston Graham. The same photos are in this version, but in black/white.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Expanded with new text and photographs 9 Oct 2012
The first version of Making Poldark was written when Robin was 35 years old--immediately after POLDARK became a hit on British TV. This newly revised and expanded version came out in 2012, when Robin was 70! It is 9000 words LONGER and contains many new photographs from Robin's personal collection and from the private albums of the late Poldark author, Winston Graham.

Of special interest to Poldark fans will be his description of the failure of the third TV series of Poldark. The new edition also picks up the story of Robin's life post Poldark--from West End acting to voice-overs. It covers his move to France and new career as a cookbook author. He discusses his diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes and the effect that has had on his life and his cooking. Just as Winston Graham kept expanding the Poldark saga, so Robin's memoir continues to grow too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 25 Aug 2012
By Sally
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This book was written with feeling & was personnal. Loved the poldark series and this book brought it all back to life. A must for all robin Ellis and Poldark fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read. 12 Mar 2013
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Very enjoyable book with great behind the scenes info about the filming of 'Poldark', with some great laugh out loud moments. This isn't a book by someone who is making himself look good, it's an honest portrayal of a working actor who almost accidentally found himself in the limelight. It left me with the impression that Robin Ellis would be nice to meet in person and I'm glad I bought the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Cornwall is my home. I loved the original books on which the series was based. Although down the road, never got to see any filming; this book, written with great good humour is a pleasure to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 28 Jan 2013
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Brilliant book a must read, pity they don't have these sort of series still on TV.

Must buy and read 100%
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ross rides again. 19 Jan 2013
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I used to own the original edition, so I was really pleased to find this. The catch-up to date, was well worth it too
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 4 Jan 2013
By lizzy
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thank you robin ellis for a informed book about the poldark masterpiece loved the progams made us move to cornwal to live
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I loved the book and have since purchased all the Poldark Series on DVD so I can re-live the enjoyment I had watching it years ago.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. H. A. Mepsted
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into a BBC classic
Always loved the original Poldark series and also of Cornwall itself. This book by Robin Ellis, the actor who portrayed Ross Poldark is great for any fan, with candid tales from... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rachael Bate
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,lovely insight into making a terrific series become even...
It deserves a brilliant rating. It's a great keepsake for all Poldarks millions of fans worldwide.Beautifully written by its author and star Robin Ellis.
Published 11 months ago by Dave Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
Ive always enjoyed Poldark and have just replaced my vidios with dvd sand it still has the power to enthrall so the book brought it all to life thanks
Published 13 months ago by jubba
couldn't ask for better! THANKYOU. We were n't sure that our first order of strike back had gone through and accidentally ordered a second copy of the same, but decided to use it... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JOHN LOWERY
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyment
Series was well enjoyed a second time around.
Good viewing...well acted and beautiful background scenery.
Very quick delivery and quality of picture very good.
Published 16 months ago by Miss N M A Hardie
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin will always be Ross for me
Interesting updated version of his original book, with even more pictures. Provides an insight into the acting life and what Robin has done since he moved to France.
Published 17 months ago by MRS H BIRKBECK
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
Entertaining tale of the making of Poldark and other interesting facts in Robin Ellis' life, like his love of cooking and his new home in France. Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars a must for any fan
Updated 2012, this is a superb personal insight into production of the TV show.
I cant recommend it highly enough.
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