Poldark Season 2 Premieres Sunday, September 25 at 7:00pm

No one can resist Ross Poldark!

Aidan Turner stars as the courageous Cornishman
in an all-new season

SPECIAL TWO-HOUR PREMIERE – 9 Gripping New Episodes
Premieres: Sunday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Ch.5.1
Repeats: Tuesdays at 8:00 pm on Ch.9.1
Continues Sunday, Oct. 2–Nov. 27 at 8:00 pm (Pre-empted on Sun. Oct 9)


“The noblest, hottest, most down-to-earth hero.” – New York Times
“MASTERPIECE has unearthed another gem.” – Variety
“Make an appointment with your TV to tune into Poldark.” – Entertainment Weekly
“He’s a cross between Robin Hood and Batman.” – Philadelphia Inquirer


Neither pestilence, starvation, nor betrayal can stop Ross Poldark from fighting for justice in his native 18th century Cornwall. Aidan Turner (The Hobbit) returns as the ex-officer, class warrior, lover, and mining entrepreneur, in a new season of the popular romantic saga, based on the novels by Winston Graham. Co-star Eleanor Tomlinson (Death Comes to Pemberley), plays Demelza, the miner’s daughter who is Ross’ equal in passion, wit, and daring—which is, of course, why they marry.

The returning cast includes Heida Reed (One Day) as Ross’ first love, Elizabeth, who broke his heart by marrying his duplicitous cousin Francis, played with intriguing ambiguity by Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina), Jack Farthing (Poirot) as George Warleggan, the arch-villain who would rather see Ross dead, a situation he does his best to arrange; along with Philip Davis (White Teeth) and Beatie Edney (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day) as Ross’ exasperating servants, Jud and Prudie Paynter.

Last season, Ross shocked his relatives and neighbors when he showed up from America, as all had presumed him dead. Then he set about upending their lives—threatening the copper mining interests of his uncle and cousin, Charles and Francis Poldark, and the rival operation of upstart George Warleggan. He was also ensnared in a romantic web that connects him, Francis, and George to the beautiful Elizabeth. Nevertheless, Ross happily married Demelza and they have a daughter. But, last season’s final episode, an epidemic takes the child, and a shipwreck and drowning are blamed on Ross.

At the start of Season 2, Ross stands accused of murder and “wrecking”— luring a cargo ship to the rocks for plunder. It’s a capital offense, the judge is unsympathetic, hostile witnesses have been bribed and Ross appears headed for the gallows. It’s just the first in a string of suspenseful episodes every bit as precipitous as the steep cliffs of Cornwall.

All of these characters inhabit the imaginative world created by Winston Graham in his bestselling “Poldark” novels, published between 1945 and 2002. It all began in 1783, as British officer Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall, fresh from the American Revolutionary War. MASTERPIECE’s Poldark, Season 2 takes the plot into Graham’s fourth volume, “Warleggan.”

2016 American Graduate Champions

Lorilei Chavez

Native American Liaison / Impact Aid Coordinator, Bernalillo High School

Lorilei is a tireless advocate on behalf of keeping Native American children in school and on the path to graduation. Her Native American roots help her to reach out to 11 Pueblos and Navajo tribal communities who send their students to Bernalillo High School. The student body is 44% Native American. “One of my hopes for doing this work is to create change in my Native American Community.”

As tribal liaison, Lorilei convened an historic meeting last year when tribal education directors of the five Sandoval County Pueblos met together for the first time to work on truancy and attendance issues. Even though Pueblo governors change every year and rarely agree to work with other Pueblos on any issues, these leaders have agreed to continue the conversation about how they can work together to improve attendance and graduation. They were very impressed when Lorelei was able to show them truancy and attendance data from each Pueblo community and, with her leadership, they are beginning to understand the difference between chronic absence and truancy and how tribes can help impact the numbers.

Lorilei is also the sponsor of the Hahn Youth Council which started out as a Native American Club organized by a group of students interested in promoting Native American culture on campus. With a grant from New Mexico Public Education Department, the club was able to evolve to a council. The formation of HAHN Youth Council led to many unique groundbreaking experiences for BHS students. The students take a proactive approach to accomplishing goals by electing representatives, creating a unified partnership with BHS Student Council, and establishing November as Native American Heritage month.

Lorilei works hard on campus every day to start conversations with the kids because they don’t always have conversations about education and graduation at home.

Andy Hsi

Director of the Health Sciences Institute for Resilience, Health, and Justice and a professor and general pediatrician at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Dr. Andrew Hsi has developed a system of care he calls a “Family Focused Medical Home”​ model of primary care for families affected by multi-generational Adverse Childhood Experiences as part of the FOCUS and Milagro Programs. The programs focused on early interventions that can impact health and educational success, such as home visits, classes in parenting, child rearing, nutrition and early development. These systems improve the lives of children and families affected by prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, family violence and parental mental illness and unsupported teen parenting.

With faculty from the UNM Law Clinic, in 1996 he helped found one of the first medical legal alliances bringing law students together with families served by the FOCUS Program. The ultimate goal of the FOCUS program is high school graduation.

Dr. Hsi was awarded the first national “Humanism in Medicine Award” from the American Association of Medical Colleges, “Children’s Champion Award” from All Faith’s Receiving Home and the “Voice for Children Award” from New Mexico Voices for Children.

Dr. Carletta Bullock

Family Practitioner, MD and RFK Charter High School, School Based Health Clinic in Albuquerque

Dr. Bullock was nominated by Robert Baade, director of RFK Charter High School. Through her work in public health Sr. Bullock has spent years working improve student success through improving their physical and mental health. Carletta gives freely of her time volunteering in the school based health center of RFK Charter School, which offers a unique high school experience for students seeking alternatives to traditional secondary schools. Dr. Bullock is a fierce advocate of school-based health care and practices what she preaches, creating a wonderful example for her students in driving them to attain their life goals.

Carletta is working to establish a trauma informed learning environment at RFK and to implement a restorative justice approach to behavior and discipline issues at the school.

Chasing the Dream Screening Event

On June 29 more than 100 people met for a World Café Event at the Mid Region Council of Governments for a special community screening of Chasing the Dream: Building Family Assets.

The screening was followed by dinner and then two round table sessions comprised largely of young people paired with experienced facilitators to discuss the systemic issues facing youth in terms of poverty, economic opportunities, and other challenges. To extend the conversation, the second round table focused on identifying existing and emerging opportunities aimed at improving these issues, and several solutions were identified by youth participants ranging from political reform, to support for community organizations, to engaging with local businesses as a means of improving economic opportunities for youth.
As part of a multi-platform public media initiative, Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

Chelwood Elementary PBS Kids Writers Contest Presentation

On July 8th, New Mexico PBS visited the K-3 Plus Summer Program at Chelwood Elementary as part of our continued support for the local PBSKids Writers Contest! Contest coordinator Hollie spoke to 190 students about the importance of writing and what makes a good story, getting the kids excited about writing and submitting their own stories for the contest. To complete the presentation, an episode of the beloved PBSKids show Arthur was screened to help drive home the core concepts of writing a great story, which really engaged the kids (and teachers)! There were some great questions and bunch of kids who were interested in entering the contest!

Interested in learning more about the Writers Contest? Click here to visit the New Mexico PBS website to learn about contest rules and deadlines and to download the entry form!

PBS Kids Writers Workshop at Duranes Elementary

Today at Duranes Elementary, New Mexico PBS visited the summer school program to talk to kids about our New Mexico PBS KIDS Writers Contest! The contest empowers kids to use their unique voices and build literacy skills by writing and illustrating their very own stories – and then entering them in for the chance to win cool prizes! Our contest coordinator, Hollie, talked to the kids in grades K – 3 about what makes a good story and how to enter their own for the contest before sharing a video of the beloved PBS character Arthur working on his own story. The kids were engaged and excited about the presentation and seemed eager to get out and write their own stories.

This is one of a series of presentations being held at K-3 Plus Summer Schools in Albuquerque to support our FREE workshops held at the East Mountain, Erna Ferguson, and Los Alamos Public Libraries.

Interested in learning more about the contest? Check out our website for more information and download the entry form here!