Television Poldark Series 2: Controversial Rape Scene May Cause Series Cancellation? By Fabnewz Team 12 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Aidan Turner as Poldark and Heida Reed as Elizabeth in the BBC drama Poldark Poldark Series 2: Poldark Series 2 Episode 8 had left many fans shocked and aghast at Poldark’s violent behaviour. Poldark is a BBC One television series adaption of Winston Graham’s novels. The depiction of the scene has disillusioned fans so much so that they are calling for the series to end. Aidan Turner as Poldark and Heida Reed as Elizabeth in the BBC drama Poldark Scene in the Books As per Independent, in the book Warleggan (Graham’s fourth novel in the series) Elizabeth, who leave Poldark for her cousin earlier in the story. Aggravated and hurt, Poldark breaks into Elizabeth’s home and kiss her without her consent. When Elizabeth causes Poldark of treating her “like a slut”, he replies “It’s time you were so treated” and rapes her. As a result, Elizabeth falls pregnant. What Aidan Turner Had Said? Both Winston Graham’s books and the 1970s TV adaptation saw Poldark (Aidan Turner) forcing himself on his ex-lover Elizabeth (Helda Reed). Back in August Aidan Turner had assured fans that in the new script the scene is made far less shocking. “It seems consensual, and it just seems right. He goes to talk. He doesn’t go to commit a crime,” he told The Sun. “They talk, and it seems like there is still this spark between them, this unfinished business emotionally. Certainly, that’s how Ross feels. He doesn’t force himself upon her.” Scene in the Show In the modern adaptation, Poldark forces himself on his former lover, moments after she revealed her engagement to nemesis George Warleggan. After the night’s events transpire the following day, it was attempted to make it clear that Elizabeth had no regrets. But that didn’t go down well with fans and critics. “There was no getting around it,” says Gerard O’Donovan in the Daily Telegraph, Elizabeth said no, “no matter what the BBC might say”. Glamorising Rape? Poldark’s controversial rape scene in Poldark series 2, calls to mind a similar scene between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind that critics cried as a glamorization of rape. Scriptwriter Debbie Horsfield has denied writing a rape scene like that of the film. Call For Cancelling Poldark Series? To recall even before series 2 began, BBC had announced that a third series had been commissioned. Now that Poldark has “squandered the adoration of countless fans as he committed the one crime we never thought him capable of doing,” as Daily Mail puts it, upset fans demand the show to end. After the episode was aired, angry fans took to Twitter for the depiction of sexual violence. HEY @BBCOne , WHATS THIS? #POLDARK pic.twitter.com/fMwfE1XWoy — Tulip O'Hare. (@Emma_RedVelvet) October 23, 2016 I am genuinely in shock at how @BBC is defending rape purely to keep their male hero ideo going. In what way was that consensual?? #Poldark — Grace Shademan (@graceshade) October 24, 2016 #poldark ROSS! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! — Dawn French (@Dawn_French) October 23, 2016 "i don't think that scene in poldark was rape" = "i think violence/intimidation/emotional blackmail are a regular part of consensual sex!" — iris (@combefaerre) October 24, 2016 #Poldark is a sexist drama that glorifies rape, not watching anymore — Ahmed Masoud (@masoud_ahmed) October 23, 2016 Sarah Green from End Violence Against Women coalition told Mashable: “The Poldark ‘rape’ scene would not be out of place in a porn film — a strong man who knows what must be done and a woman who apparently resists but wanted it really. Ideas like this are underneath lots of excuses for not believing women when they report rape.” Green continues, “[Rape is] often used to titillate, to scare and to push myths like these. The creators of these programmes need to talk to those who provide counselling for real life rape survivors.” As per The Guardian, Fay Maxted, chief executive of the Survivors Trust, an umbrella organisation for rape charities said: “We have a society where consent is not very well understood and I think the BBC are reflecting that. This is some sort of rape fantasy where the man is overcome by his lusty passions and the woman resists but she really wants him after all. It’s a complete rape myth.” The BBC is yet to comment on the ‘rape scene’. But since Poldark Series 3 shooting is already underway it’s unlikely that series 3 will be cancelled.