FANS of Cornish TV drama Poldark have said they are unhappy with the choice of Aidan Turner as one of the series’ lead actors.
Irish actor Turner will take on the role of Ross Poldark, first made famous by Robin Ellis - but followers of the show say he is not the right man for the role, claiming he is too young.
The original Poldark series gripped the nation in the 1970s with up to 15 million viewers at its peak.
And Winston Graham's darkly romantic tale set in Cornwall has continued to fascinate readers and viewers for decades – and the remake is set to hit our screens next year.
Turner, who was born in Dublin, has played roles in the The Hobbit and supernatural drama series Being Human as well as leading roles in television dramas, such as Desperate Romantics.
Val Adams, founder of Poldark Appreciation Society said: “May I politely point out that the fans of Poldark - at least 85 percent of them - are not happy with the choice of Aidan Turner.
“I am sure he is a great actor, although most had never heard of him, and a very nice person, but Ross Poldark he ain't.
“He looks as though he's just finished college and nothing like a soldier returning from war-torn America. I've got a great imagination but it doesn't stretch that far.
“It goes without saying that any actor would have a hard task following Robin Ellis' interpretation of Ross but an older and a more masculine actor would have stood a better chance. A lamb to the slaughter comes to mind.
“A new, young audience will probably enjoy the new series whereas the viewers of the original series may have to listen, rather than watch it.”
In February, the BBC announced a new adaptation of the series, set for broadcast in 2015.
The novels tell the tale of Ross Poldark who loses his fiancée to his cousin and consequently marries his servant.
The original Ross Poldark - Robin Ellis, now a chef who specialises in diabetic recipes, told the Cornish Guardian previously: "Congratulations to him - I hope he has as much fun as we did filming this wild and wonderful saga written in 12 books over a 60-year period by Winston Graham.
“Forty-years-ago this November I went for the first of three auditions for the part, knowing little about Winston Graham and less of the books.
"A brief glance at the first book of the saga, Ross Poldark, was enough. I seriously wanted him to be me or vice versa.
“I had to go through two more nail-biting sessions in front of producer and directors before finding myself in the position Aidan is in today."
Mr Ellis said that Poldark's time had come again and that the "unashamedly romantic tale" could be told again "with a straight face".
Mr Ellis paid tribute to the author of the Poldark novels.
He said: "Aidan and I share a common debt to Winston, for giving us the chance to play a difficult, contrary, complex man often out of his time.
"It's a rollercoaster of a ride."