'It developed into a 18th century Eastenders': A nation mourns as Poldark comes to a devastating end with shock cliff-hanger

Fans of Poldark have been left devastated after the hugely popular saga came to an end on Sunday night.

The BBC period drama, set on the Cornish moors in the 18th century, has won millions of admirers and has since been recommissioned for a second series.

Viewers took to Twitter to share their heartache after the finale aired, which saw brooding Captain Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, and his beautiful wife Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) mourn the loss of their only child.

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'It developed into a 18th century Eastenders': Fans of Poldark have been left devastated after the hugely popular saga came to an end on Sunday night

'It developed into a 18th century Eastenders': Fans of Poldark have been left devastated after the hugely popular saga came to an end on Sunday night

One tweeter wrote: ‘#Poldark developed into a 18th century Eastenders. Far too depressing end for me to watch again. Do Brits watch to be miserable?’

‘Heartbreaking end to series 1 of #Poldark,’ another added. ‘In bits after that & having read the books I knew what was coming.’

While one jokingly said: ‘Me? Crying? At the end of #Poldark? Nah! I've just poked myself in the eye with the end of my tri-cornered hat.’

It will be back: The BBC period drama, set on the Cornish moors in the 18th century, has won millions of admirers and has since been recommissioned for a second series

It will be back: The BBC period drama, set on the Cornish moors in the 18th century, has won millions of admirers and has since been recommissioned for a second series

Opinion: One tweeter wrote, ‘#Poldark developed into a 18th century Eastenders. Far too depressing end for me to watch again. Do Brits watch to be miserable?’

Opinion: One tweeter wrote, ‘#Poldark developed into a 18th century Eastenders. Far too depressing end for me to watch again. Do Brits watch to be miserable?’

‘Heartbreaking end to series 1 of #Poldark': Fans of their show took to their social media sites after the series one finale of Poldark

‘Heartbreaking end to series 1 of #Poldark': Fans of their show took to their social media sites after the series one finale of Poldark

Humour: One jokingly said, ‘Me? Crying? At the end of #Poldark? Nah! I've just poked myself in the eye with the end of my tri-cornered hat'

Humour: One jokingly said, ‘Me? Crying? At the end of #Poldark? Nah! I've just poked myself in the eye with the end of my tri-cornered hat'

The ending also saw Master Ross get hit by serious blow after getting arrested due to his distressed relationship with George Warleggan.

A fan of the show tweeted his annoyance, by saying: ‘#Poldark Best way to end series one? Literally on a cliff-hanger! Next purchase - book three Poldark!’

‘So sad to see the end of Poldark S1, can't wait for its return,’ another commenter said. ‘All the cast are spectacular. 'Medhel an Gwyns' was truly beautiful.’

Another blow: The ending also saw Master Ross get hit by serious blow after getting arrested due to his distressed relationship with George Warleggan

Another blow: The ending also saw Master Ross get hit by serious blow after getting arrested due to his distressed relationship with George Warleggan

Coming soon: Filming of the second series is set to begin in September after pulling in an average audience of more than 8 million

Coming soon: Filming of the second series is set to begin in September after pulling in an average audience of more than 8 million

Filming of the second series is set to begin in September after pulling in an average audience of more than 8 million.

Debbie Horsfield, who has already written five episodes of the new instalment, hinted about the next series: ‘Ross is reckless and forever getting stuck in, without being a crusading character, but he can't bear to see unfairness and inequality even when there's nothing in it for him.

‘So he brings himself to the brink of disaster, and Demelza, a forceful and powerful character in her own right, is taken along with him.’

The drama, based on the novels of Winston Graham, was originally made for TV in the 1970s when it attracted audiences of 15 million and the remake has helped BBC1 to its highest share of an audience in a decade.

Hugely popular: The drama, based on the novels of Winston Graham, was originally made for TV in the 1970s when it attracted audiences of 15 million and the remake has helped BBC1 to its highest share of an audience in a decade

Hugely popular: The drama, based on the novels of Winston Graham, was originally made for TV in the 1970s when it attracted audiences of 15 million and the remake has helped BBC1 to its highest share of an audience in a decade

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