Poldark SPOILER: Aidan Turner on set for an intense hanging scene

Poldark SPOILER: Look away now! Aidan Turner gets to work on set for an intense hanging scene as newcomer Vincent Regan steps up to the gallows

Filming began on the fifth, and final, season of Poldark in September.

And Aidan Turner was on hand to film an intense hanging scene, as he stepped onto a makeshift set in the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich, London, on Saturday.

The actor, 35, looked sombre as he got into character as Ross Poldark and watched new character Ned Deapard (played by Vincent Regan) be hanged at the gallows. 

Poldark SPOILER: Look away now! Aidan Turner got to work on set for an intense hanging scene as newcomer Vincent Regan stepped up to the gallows

The gruesome scenes saw Regan, 53, stand atop a black box as a noose was fitted around his neck as a menacing looking execution stood beside him.


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Dressed in a white shirt, waistcoat, and trousers, as well as black boots, the actor put on a grim expression as filming got underway. 

When the character stepped up to the gallows he could be seen wearing a red military jacket, suggesting that the character is likely a soldier.  

Distressing: The gruesome scenes saw Regan, 53, stand atop a black box as a noose was fitted around his neck as a menacing looking execution stood beside him


Angry: While it’s unclear why his character was being put to death, Ross was none too pleased as Aidan adopted an outraged expression while the actress beside him wailed in despair

Dark: Dressed in a white shirt, waistcoat, and trousers, as well as black boots, the actor put on a grim expression as filming got underway

Typical look: The unknown character is played by Kerri McLean, who wore a period costume typical of the 18th Century, as she wore a grey cape and bonnet over a beige checked dress

While it was unclear why his character was being put to death, it was clear that Ross was none too pleased as Aidan adopted an outraged expression when cameras began to role while the woman beside him wailed in despair.

The unknown character is played by Kerri McLean, who wore a period costume typical of the 18th Century, as she wore a grey cape and bonnet over a beige checked dress.

Aidan was back in his signature outfit, as he donned a black jacket over a grey waistcoat, a white shirt, and black trousers.

His long raven locks were styled into a curly mane, and he completed his ensemble with a black felt tricorn hat.  

Military man? When the character stepped up to the gallows he could be seen wearing a red military jacket, suggesting that the character is likely a soldier


Menacing: The hangman wore an ominous looking outfit which paired a burlap shirt with a matching mask and black 3/4 length trousers

Onlookers: Aidan and Kerri were joined by a number of extras on set

Watching: The group of characters watched as the character was put to death

While they were unable to close off the area to the public, the crew did put up a sign so that passersby were aware that a gruesome scene was being filmed. 

One Twitter user posted a picture of the sign, which read: Caution filming in progress distressing scenes ahead.’

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as when the cameras stopped rolling the cast could be seen chatting away and laughing amongst each other.

Extras who were dressed as 18th-century soldiers could be seen looking at their phones as they waited for filming to resume. 

Look away now! One Twitter user posted a picture of the sign, which read: Caution filming in progress distressing scenes ahead’

Catching up: But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, as extras dressed as 18th-century soldiers could be seen looking at their phones as they waited for filming to resume

Dapper: Aidan was back in his signature outfit, as he donned a black jacket over a grey waistcoat, a white shirt, and black trousers


Looking good: His long raven locks were styled into a curly mane, and he completed his ensemble with a black felt tricorn hat

Talking about the upcoming series, writer Debbie Horsfield revealed it will be based between 1800 and 1810, which takes place in between Winston Graham’s seventh novel, The Angry Tide and The Stranger from the Sea.

She said: ‘In 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 five will draw on all of these to follow the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes in this intervening period.’ 


Having fun: When the cameras stopped rolling the cast could be seen chatting away and laughing amongst each other

New era: Talking about the upcoming series, writer Debbie Horsfield revealed it will be based between 1800 and 1810


What’s to come? She said: ‘In The Stranger from the Sea Winston Graham made many references to developments that happened in the ‘gap’ years. Much can also be inferred’

Exciting: She continued, ‘Series five will draw on all of these to follow the lives of the Poldarks, George Warleggan, the Enyses, and the Carnes in this intervening period’

To which executive producer for Mammoth, Karen Thrussell, added: ‘At Mammoth we’re all fans of the Poldark books and we hope our audience will continue with us on the next stage of the journey.

‘We are confident that fans of the novels will appreciate the care with which Debbie Horsfield is continuing to adapt Winston Graham’s saga. This will be the last series in the Poldark chronicle…for now.

‘Who knows what the future may bring…’

And as well as the show’s leads, several new stars are joining the cast as new characters, which haven’t been revealed just yet.

This includes Kerri, Vincent, Lily Dodsworth Evans, Sofia Oxenham, Peter Sullivan, and Freddie Wise.

Distraught: Kerri could be seen running to Vincent’s side after the hanging was complete


New blood: And as well as the show’s leads, several new stars are joining the cast as new characters, which haven’t been revealed just yet

Upset: Fans were understandably devastated by the finale of the fourth series of Poldark, when Ross was left shattered during after Elizabeth Warleggan (Heida Reed) died.

Devastating: Viewers saw a desperate Elizabeth take drugs to induce an early birth, in an attempt to persuade husband George that her son Valentine, was his and not Ross’s

Fans were understandably devastated by the finale of the fourth series of Poldark, when Ross was left shattered during after his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Warleggan (Heida Reed) died.

The fourth series of the hit BBC drama ended in tragedy when the popular character died shortly after the birth of her second child with husband George, leaving fans devastated.

Viewers saw a desperate Elizabeth take drugs to induce an early birth, in an attempt to persuade husband George (Jack Farthing) that her son Valentine, was his and not Ross’s.

By trying to induce her second baby and have an early delivery, Elizabeth hoped her husband would be convinced her first child Valentine was also premature and end his suspicions for good.

The dangerous plan at first worked, and Elizabeth gave birth to a healthy baby daughter but soon after she was found collapsed and in pain and died holding George’s hand.

Preparing himself: Aidan could be seen getting into character on set

Any prayers: A priest stepped up to the gallows to talk with Ned during the scene

Accepting his fate: In the scene, Ned could be seen looking downcast as the noose was put on

Setting up: Prior to shooting the crew could be seen putting all the props in place

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