THE BBC drama Poldark is to become even more gripping as the main character gains four stone and struggles with his sexuality.
Brooding hero Ross Poldark will become morbidly obese and start exploring the 18th century Cornish gay scene.
Head writer Tom Logan said: “Poldark starts comfort eating because of the stress of being charged with murder, and soon he’s too fat to get on his horse.
“He tries to work it off in the copper mine but gives up because he’s eating far too many pasties. Meanwhile his wife Demelza has started sleeping in a separate bed so there are no more sex scenes either.
“While he struggles to control his calorie intake, Ross starts to experience long-repressed feelings of being attracted to men and starts visiting the local docks for furtive encounters with burly sailors.
“It’s a change in direction but we’re sure Poldark viewers would prefer to be challenged than just watch a hot guy defying authority and taking his shirt off.”