Aidan Turner has revealed that filming the second series of Poldark wasn't all plain-sailing. The handsome actor and his co-star Eleanor Tomlinson were involved in a terrifying freak accident while shooting a scene at sea.
Recalling the incident Aidan, who plays protagonist Ross Poldark, said: "There's nothing like the Cornish sea at the height of winter for putting you in your place.
"We were filming me lifting Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) out of a boat in the actual sea when this huge wave picked up the boat and slammed it into my head."
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"This huge wave picked up the boat and slammed it into my head," said Aidan
"I dropped her in the water – not very Ross Poldark!" Aidan joked to Radio Times. "And nobody was coming to see if I'm okay. I was the man injured..."
But the Irish hunk wasn't the only member of the cast and crew left hurt.
"One of the underwater cameramen got cracked as well and he was concussed," said Aidan. "These waves, you wouldn't think there's anything to them, but once you get out there you're at the mercy of Mother Nature and she doesn't care how well the previous season rated."
"I dropped her in the water – not very Ross Poldark!" said the actor
The second series of BBC's Poldark will return on Sunday night, going head-to-head with ITV's new period drama Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman.
The first season, a reinvention of the 1975 programme, was an unexpected hit for the BBC and ended with Poldark arrested for murder and his wife Demelza left alone. The couple were also mourning the death of their daughter Julia.
"You'd think at the end of season one it can't get any worse for these guys," said Aidan. "Ross's company's bankrupt, they're completely broke and they've just lost their child.
"But it just slowly does get worse. There's prison... all sorts. But Ross is more comfortable when he doesn't share with anybody, he just takes the burden and the responsibility all himself."