Here’s what we found out so far:
The BBC have not been constant with release dates of the show in the past as this table shows.
As filming of Season 5 is still ongoing [ETA: Filming wrapped in early February 2019], a date as soon as March seems unlikely but mid-June is definitely possible if Seasons 3 and 4 are anything to go by. We’re cautiously putting a little circle around 9 June 2019 (assuming Poldark keeps its Sunday night time-slot). PBS will probably show Poldark‘s final season later this year.
[ETA: As it turns out Poldark should air on 14 July!]
Executive Producer Karen Thrussel has confirmed that Season 5 will be Poldark’s final season “… for now. Who knows what the future may bring.”
Scenes from the new season were already featured in a trailer the BBC released on New Year’s Day, also suggesting that the new episodes will be released rather sooner than later.
The TV show is based on a series of books by novelist Winston Graham and has so far covered books 1 – 7. Season 5, however, will not follow this pattern and will not cover the eighth novel. Instead the 10-year gap after the events of book 7 The Angry Tide will be covered by screenwriter and show creator Debbie Horsfield.
“In (the eighth book) The Stranger from the Sea, Winston Graham made many references to developments that happened in the ‘gap’ years. Much can also be inferred. There are, of course, also historical events and people of the time, both in Cornwall and in London. Series 5 will draw on all of these to follow the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes in this intervening period.”
(Source: Debbie Horsfield via BBC)
“Historical events and people of the time […] in London” certainly reminds us of one James Hadfield, the character Andrew is set to play.
It is a new century and with it comes the promise of a hopeful future, but the past casts a long shadow over Cornwall. Following the death of Elizabeth, Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) resolves to put Westminster behind him and spend more time with the people he loves. However, when an old friend emerges with a plea for help, Ross is compelled to challenge the establishment again. As the Enyses (Luke Norris and Gabriella Wilde) rally to join the cause, Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) must contend with dangers close to home, while George (Jack Farthing) courts corrupt powers whose influence spans the Empire.
Ellise Chappell (Morwenna Carne), Harry Richardson (Drake Carne), Tom York as Sam Carne, and Beatie Edney as Prudie are also set to return, alongside new cast members Lily Dodsworth Evans, Kerri McLean, Sofia Oxenham, Vincent Regan, Peter Sullivan and Freddie Wise.