Poldark’s Aidan Turner addresses James Bond rumours in our BTS BAFTA interview
In news that surprised absolutely no one, BBC One drama Poldark was crowned with the Radio Times Audience Award at the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards last night (May 8th 2016). Winning in the only category on the list that had been voted for by members of the public, the show trumped other big hitters Doctor Foster, Humans, The Great British Bake Off, Making a Murderer, and Peter Kay’s Car Share. We had the pleasure of speaking with the victorious cast and crew straight after their win. Here’s what Aidan Turner and co. had to say about the show, James Bond, and male objectification.
Aidan, did you have any doubts or reservations when you were offered the role?
Aidan Turner: “Well it’s rare that I get offered anything, but when it came in I thought ‘Yeah!’. It’s one of those ones you read and think ‘I just can’t turn this down, there’s too much in it for me’. It was brilliant. Incredible adaptation by Debbie Horsfield who’s standing behind me here, and Winston Graham gave us incredible novels to work on, and it’s really a talented, great cast. It was a no-brainer.”
Does it surprise you how much of a phenomenon it’s become with the fans?
AT: “Yeah, well I don’t think any of us expected it to be quite the success that it is. You never know what an audience is gonna attach themselves to, but yeah, it’s a huge surprise and a great honour that we’ve had that kind of support.”
What can you tell us about season two?
AT: “I can’t tell you anything! I’d get fired within seconds!”
Is there any truth to the rumours that you got flown out to L.A. for meetings about James Bond?
AT: *mumbles* “No, it’s just rumours. I don’t know anything about it.”
Would you like to do it?
Okay, moving on. Your BAFTA award was voted for by the audience. How much of that do you think was down to you being shirtless in a field?
AT: “I hope not a great deal!”
Executive producer Karen Thrussell: “I think Aidan was shirtless for about one minute out of eight hours of television, so hopefully people tuned in for more than that. Although it was a very good scene…”
One for Eleanor and Heida; what’s it like being on a show where the man is objectified, rather than the women?
Heida Reed: “I think nobody should be objectified and that everyone should be equal, so I don’t think it’s men’s turn to be objectified just because women are fighting stronger for their place at the moment. Hopefully just equality across the board!”
Eleanor Tomlinson: “I second that. Equality and strong female roles are taking over, I think. You should watch this space.”