Poldark knitted figures 'go global'


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Angela Blay said she “wanted her own little Ross”

The cast of the hit BBC One drama Poldark have been re-created as woollen knitted figures that are selling all over the world, the woman behind the dolls has said.

The characters are the creation of Poldark superfan and knitting addict Angela Blay, 50, who has sold about 70.

Programme-maker Mammoth Screen said it was very pleased the cast had “inspired such creativeness”.

Ms Blay, from Suffolk, said what started as a hobby was now her day job.

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A fan of the dolls, Celia Fox, began the trend of photographing them in scenes

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The drama created “phenomenal media interest”, makers said

The music teacher first made a woollen Ross Poldark – played by Aidan Turner – when the first series aired in March 2015, peaking with 9.4 million viewers.

Ms Blay has since been inundated with requests on social media for the dolls, selling them across the UK and as far away as the US, Canada, Australia and Tasmania.

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Caroline and Dwight brought more romance to the drama

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Caroline and Dwight “Enknyts” steal a moment in the woods

The “Kwerky Knits” dolls, which sell for £34 each, are now pictured and shared on social media posing in various back-drops, and have their own social media brand, The Knitdarks.

The drama, based on Winston Graham’s novels, has been filmed along Cornwall’s dramatic coastline, where Ms Blay has sold “quite a few” knits.

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Beatie Edney, who plays Prudie, ordered her own doll, Ms Blay said

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One fan shared her “George Wooleggan”, pictured outside the New York Stock Exchange

Ms Blay, from Elmswell, near Bury St Edmunds, has also sold 120 patterns, for fans to make their own Poldark dolls.

She said Mammoth Screen, which makes the drama for the BBC, was not able to license the knits as official merchandise, but did support the “adorable and silly” concept.

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Angela Blay said it took seven or eight hours to make each doll, which are about 23cm (9in) high

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Ms Blay has knitted other on-screen characters, including Mr Darcy from the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice

In a statement, the company said: “It’s great that the Poldark stories and our wonderful cast have inspired such creativeness – although we’re not sure how well knitted Ross would fare swimming in the Cornish sea.”

It is understood series four of Poldark will air on the BBC in June.



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