The BBC drama aired the first episode of its second season last night. According to the network, the premiere attracted over 5 million viewers, and it’s not hard to see why.
The titular character, played by Irish actor Aidan Turner, infamously scythed while shirtless in the previous season, and in the new episode, the actor went bare-chested again (this time for a mining scene), much to the delight of viewers.
Even the BBC knew this was something worth promoting:
— BBC One (@BBCOne) September 4, 2016
Here are some of the public’s reactions:
— Emma Davies (@EmCharlotte19) September 4, 2016
George: "How do you inspire such loyalty?"
Ross: "Abs." #Poldark
— Melinda Salisbury (@AHintofMystery) September 4, 2016
OOO here we go, some sweaty topless mining. One way to brighten up my Sunday evening... #Poldark
— Lucy Jones (@ByLucyJones) September 4, 2016
— Jennifer (@Miss_Space_Geek) September 5, 2016
— Jeevesina (@jeevesina) September 4, 2016