LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Irish actor Aidan Turner has signed on to star in a third season of the Cornish costume drama Poldark, the BBC announced.
The 10-episode, second season is to debut soon on BBC One, while Season 3 is expected to premiere in 2017.
The 18th century-set series features Turner as the hero Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as his wife Demelza.
"Poldark is a passion project for all of us, and it's with real excitement that we prepare for both the launch of Series 2 and our return to Cornwall to shoot Series 3," Mammoth Screen Managing Director Damien Timmer said in a statement. "Winston Graham and Debbie Horsfield's extraordinary flair for storytelling means the saga of Ross, his friends and enemies will go to even more thrilling places!"
Elizabeth Kilgarriff, an executive producer for the BBC, added: "Series 2 promises to take the audience on another fantastic rollercoaster ride and we're thrilled to know that the story won't end there. It's a testament to Debbie's brilliant storytelling and the passion of the Mammoth team that Poldark will be returning for a third series, with yet more twists and turns for these much-loved characters."