'Did he just tame a horse... with his eyes?': Poldark viewers poke fun at unlikely Aidan Turner storyline as series returns... but lament a lack of shirtless scenes

He left his fans dismayed when he revealed his character Ross would not be getting his chest out in the third series of Poldark. 

And incredulous viewers were left wondering how Poldark could stop an out of control horse with just his eyes. 

In the first episode of the new series, the mine owner saved his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth when her horse careered out of control. 

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How did he manage that? Incredulous viewers were left wondering how Poldark could stop an out of control horse with just his eyes

How did he manage that? Incredulous viewers were left wondering how Poldark could stop an out of control horse with just his eyes

When Ross grabbed the reigns, the spooked horse immediately calmed down and appeared tame. 

One surprised viewer wrote: 'Did Poldark just tame a horse...with his EYES?'

A hot and bothered Twitter user replied: 'Yes! But then if he looked at me like that I'd probably become tame too!'

Others commented on how romantic gallops across the Cornish coastline were a staple in the period drama. 

Keeping his shirt on: Poldark viewers were also left heartbroken when their hero didn't take his shirt off in the first episode (pictured in the first series)

Keeping his shirt on: Poldark viewers were also left heartbroken when their hero didn't take his shirt off in the first episode (pictured in the first series)

Incredulous: A hot and bothered Twitter user replied: 'Yes! But then if he looked at me like that I'd probably become tame too!'

Incredulous: A hot and bothered Twitter user replied: 'Yes! But then if he looked at me like that I'd probably become tame too!'

'Does he actually do anything else?': Others commented on how romantic gallops across the Cornish coastline were a staple in the period drama

'Does he actually do anything else?': Others commented on how romantic gallops across the Cornish coastline were a staple in the period drama

One person tweeted: 'Already Ross is riding his horse on the Cornish cliffs. Does he actually do anything else?'

Another posted: 'And so the horse riding begins again.'

Poldark viewers were also left heartbroken when their hero didn't take his shirt off in the first episode, even when he worked up a sweat while thatching his roof. 

'Sad times': Viewers were surprised Ross didn't strip off when he worked up a sweat while thatching his roof

'Sad times': Viewers were surprised Ross didn't strip off when he worked up a sweat while thatching his roof

Disappointed: One person tweeted: 'That was a full 60 minutes without Ross taking his shirt off. Mugged'

Disappointed: One person tweeted: 'That was a full 60 minutes without Ross taking his shirt off. Mugged'

Confused: Another wrote: 'Just seen that rarest of things - an episode where Poldark keeps his shirt on'

Confused: Another wrote: 'Just seen that rarest of things - an episode where Poldark keeps his shirt on'

Heartbroken: Earlier this year, Aidan Turner revealed he would not be stripping off in the third series of Poldark

Heartbroken: Earlier this year, Aidan Turner revealed he would not be stripping off in the third series of Poldark

One person tweeted: 'That was a full 60 minutes without Ross taking his shirt off. Mugged.'

Another wrote: 'Just seen that rarest of things - an episode where Poldark keeps his shirt on'

One social media user joked: 'Looks like Ross' velcro shirt deal has fallen through..no bare chest.'

New start: In the third series of the period drama Ross throws himself into the business of repairing Nampara, and rebuilding his relationship with Demelza

New start: In the third series of the period drama Ross throws himself into the business of repairing Nampara, and rebuilding his relationship with Demelza

Getting their kit off: Even though Ross won't be stripping off in the new series of Poldark, there are three other male characters who will

Getting their kit off: Even though Ross won't be stripping off in the new series of Poldark, there are three other male characters who will

One social media user joked: 'Looks like Ross' velcro shirt deal has fallen through..no bare chest'

One social media user joked: 'Looks like Ross' velcro shirt deal has fallen through..no bare chest'

Another user said: 'Can't help but notice Ross still has his shirt on. Sad times.' 

As the third series of the costume drama airs on the BBC, star Eleanor Tomlinson hinted a fifth series of the show could be made.

The actress, 25, who plays Ross's wife Demelza, said two more series would cover the last six books of Winston Graham's sprawling tale. 

She told the Sun: 'If we go to five series that would be a dream. We would be very lucky and honoured to get that far.' 

Even though Ross won't be stripping off in the new series of Poldark, there are three other male characters who are planning to mimic the likes of Turner’s head-turning scything scene when the show returns to the BBC next month. 

And judging by the photographs here, viewers will not be disappointed.

Raw talent: Josh Whitehouse, pictured above starring in Northern Soul, will help fill the torso-totty quota

Raw talent: Josh Whitehouse, pictured above starring in Northern Soul, will help fill the torso-totty quota

Model Josh Whitehouse, 27, will play aristocratic Hugh Armitage in the new series – and has already had plenty of practice baring his enviable physique in British fashion house Burberry’s 2016 Mr Burberry fragrance campaign.

As an actor, he has starred in the British movie Alleycats with his Poldark co-star Eleanor Tomlinson and in Northern Soul alongside Steve Coogan. Like Turner, Whitehouse also has two tattoos – on his upper body – that had to be covered with make-up for filming.

The cast will also be joined by Tom York, 24, who will play one of Demelza’s dishy brothers, Sam.

Tom revealed an impressive six-pack in the ITV series Endeavour, and is also known for playing Leo in BBC drama Death In Paradise.

Meanwhile, rising star Harry Richardson, who plays Demelza’s other brother, Drake, in the new series, is preparing to expose his attributes for the first time.

According to sources on the show, he is ‘very much ready for the attention’ and will engage in a Romeo and Juliet-style romance with new character Morwenna, played by Ellise Chappell.

Viewers will recognise the 24-year-old Australian from his role as Frank Gresham in Julian Fellowes’s adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s Doctor Thorne, screened on ITV last year. 

Brooding: Whitehouse, as Poldark character Hugh Armitage above, will set pulses racing

Brooding: Whitehouse, as Poldark character Hugh Armitage above, will set pulses racing

Dare to bare: Tom York, above, who stripped off in TV series Olympus, joins the next season of Poldark 

Dare to bare: Tom York, above, who stripped off in TV series Olympus, joins the next season of Poldark 

Sources on the show told The Mail on Sunday: ‘This series definitely provides the most competition for Aidan Turner with these three rising stars.

‘It was a rather daunting experience when they joined the cast as they have incredibly big shoes to fill.

‘But we are fully confident that all are utterly ready for it.’

Last week, Irishman Turner, 33, confessed he would no longer be stripping off on camera. ‘I think the clothes stay on this year,’ he said.

‘There will be no more scything for me, but instead the other three.’

New friends: The stars with Elise Chappell in Poldark, pictured together above 

New friends: The stars with Elise Chappell in Poldark, pictured together above