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Aidan Turner returning for season three of Poldark

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Aidan Turner returning for season three of Poldark

Aidan Turner is set to star in a third season of Poldark, the BBC have confirmed.

The 33-year-old actor became a household name after taking on the role of protagonist Ross Poldark in the historical drama, based on the novels of Winston Graham.

The popularity of the programme shows little sign of waning, so much so that bosses decided to commission a third series before the second has even hit television screens.

Aidan's performance on the show, which included a famous shirtless scything scene in the first season, led to him being linked to the role of James Bond amid claims Daniel Craig has stepped down from the part.

However, his decision to commit to a third season of Poldark has all but ruled him out of being the next 007.

The ten-episode second season of Poldark will air on BBC One from September (16), with filming beginning for the third season around the same time.

A spokesperson said the series "will be filmed in even more stunning locations across Cornwall and Bristol later this year for transmission in 2017."

The third season is set to cover the fifth and sixth novels from the Poldark collection, with Debbie Horsfield once again responsible for adapting them for television.

Damien Timmer, the director of Mammoth Screen who make Poldark, said: "Poldark is a passion project for all of us, and it's with real excitement that we prepare for both the launch of series two and our return to Cornwall to shoot series three.

"Winston Graham and Debbie Horsfield's extraordinary flair for storytelling means the saga of Ross, his friends and enemies will go to even more thrilling places."

It is understood that the main cast members of the show will all be returning for the third season, with a batch of new characters also set to be unveiled.

- Cover Media