When that photograph of Aidan Turner scything topless in Poldark ended up dominating the national conversation for weeks, the actor took issue with the BBC and declared “it’s not a stripper show”.
Three years on, and the promotional picture released for the fourth series of the BBC drama are in something of a similar vein.
Turner, wearing flesh-coloured breeches, emerges from the sea in the manner of Daniel Craig in the iconic moment in the James Bond film Casino Royale.
The actor, who plays Captain Ross Poldark in the BBC One period drama, offers a throwback to a much-hyped and much-tweeted moment from the first series, when he went bare chested while scything.
Fans will see Poldark and his toned torso stepping out of the Cornish sea in the opening minutes of the first episode of the fourth series.
However, while the viewers may enjoy the scene, it was not such a high point for Turner, who said it was “pretty cold” on the day of filming.
He said: “It wasn’t pleasant, no. For a lot of reasons, it wasn’t pleasant.”
Turner had previously voiced his frustration with the BBC’s decision to release a promotional photo of him having his make-up applied while shirtless in a field.
Describing the decision “a bit strange”, he told Newsbeat. “Apparently it was common law at the time that when you were scything you had to take your top off, so I did. It’s not a stripper show.”
But Turner said that he does not mind that fans love him going shirtless so much, joking that they should “go for it”.
On the topic of keeping his physique in top shape, he said he “tend(s) to” go to the gym for the role, adding: “I have to keep relatively fit just to fit into the costumes, actually.”
When the episode airs, Turner, 34, will not be keeping an eye on social media to see what his admirers are saying, though.
He said that social media is “just not my thing”, saying: “I don’t really dig it. It’s not my jam.
“I just don’t need that in my life, I don’t care to listen to people criticising me who I don’t know, there’s nothing I get from it.”
Video: Poldark star Aidan Turner’s rise to fame
Poldark returns to BBC One on Sunday June 10 at 9pm.
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