POLDARK is set to face a stiff TV ratings battle with Beecham House when the new series hits screens next month.
The BBC One drama's fifth season is returning in July – in the same Sunday night slot as ITV's newest period addition.
Interestingly, both shows are set at the turn of the 18th century, with hunky Irish star Aidan Turner returning as Ross Poldark while popular Tom Bateman takes on the role of John Beecham.
Beecham House will get a head start in the ratings battle, premiering at 9pm on Sunday June 23 – three weeks ahead of its rival.
Speaking to The Mirror, an insider explained: "Beecham House may hook the audience in over the first few episodes but Poldark already has a dedicated army of loyal fans – thanks in no small part to Turner's dashing good looks.
"They are not going to want to miss the show’s last hurrah."
Beecham House follows a former soldier who buys a house in the hope of starting a new life with his family.
Set in the British colonialism in India, Beecham is haunted by his past, and despite moving somewhere new, it won’t take long for disharmony and conspiracy to win out in the stunning surroundings.
It was previously revealed that 30-year-old Tom will be stripping off in the show's very first episode, in a sequence strikingly similar to an iconic Poldark moment.
The scene, which originally aired in 2015, showed Aidan as Poldark undergoing some manual labour half-naked in a field.
Addressing the similarities between the two scenes, Beecham's director Gurinder Chadha agreed: "Poldark has set the bar in terms of period dramas."
Meanwhile, this series of Poldark is set to be the final one, with the TV show following Winston Graham's books about the Cornish character.
These episodes take place in between the seventh and eighth novels, The Angry Tide and The Stranger from the Sea.
Screenwriter Debbie Horsfield said of the upcoming series: "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."
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