EXCLUSIVE: PBS' newest love story puts Jane Austen to shame (VIDEO)

Jul 6, 2015 at 9:19 p.m. ET

When British Army officer Ross Poldark returned home from the American Revolutionary War, he found he'd lost more than a territory. He'd lost everything. And you can live the experience with him on DVD.

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Many Brit drama fans are already foaming at the mouth over PBS' latest Masterpiece Theatre acquisition, Poldark. But we have brilliant news for all you binge-watchers out there: It's out on DVD now. Just like with Downton Abbey, Poldark has already aired in its entirety in the U.K. and blew viewer expectations out of the water. Those Brits are hooked on the drama and intrigue surrounding this remake of the 1975 and 1977 classic. If you've already started watching on PBS, by all means continue to wait each week for a new episode. But if you're dying to see what happens next in poor Ross' life, you can grab the DVD and watch the entire thing right now.

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For those of you who haven't stumbled upon the smash Austenian hit, we highly recommend you go with option B and binge it all right now. In the exclusive clip above, you can watch five heartbreaking minutes of the premiere and we most assuredly recommend that you do.

Based on the historical fiction by author Winston Graham, Poldark follows a young officer's tragic return home from war. How could living through a war instead of dying on the battlefield seem tragic? Like a novel ripped straight from Jane Austen's quivering hand, Poldark returns to a home full of people who have long since thought he was dead and moved on with their lives. His parents are gone and his former life is virtually nonexistent. Most importantly, though, he returns home to find his fiancée and the love of his life has moved on and is now engaged to his cousin. Can he make a new life for himself, get over his first love and make himself at home in a home that no longer seems like his?

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Guess you'll have to watch and find out. And, dear friends, there are plenty of ways to keep up with Ross Poldark. Obviously, you could go about acquiring the novels upon which the new series is based. You could also turn to streaming sites like Acorn TV, where you can catch the original series from the '70s. Or you can watch the beautifully redone new series either on a week-to-week basis on PBS or on DVD starting Tuesday, July 7. However you choose to keep up with Poldark, just make sure you do it. And don't blame us if you soon find yourself so unapologetically in love with Graham's character that you try to devour all of the various retellings.

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