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Scythe expert Simon Fairlie from Monkton Wyld Court in Dorset said 'I dont know what all the fuss is about, I've never heard of Poldark and I dont own a tv'.
Poldark heartthrob Aiden Turner may have got housewives hot under the collar with his shirtless meadow-mowing - but his "excessive sweating and grunting" has left the scything community seething.
Turner set hearts aflutter when he stripped off to manfully mow a hay field with a scythe, an ancient cutting tool used for centuries prior to horse drawn and modern mowing machinery.
But while the sexy scene helped send audience ratings through the roof, it prompted a scathing critique from a band of enthusiasts dedicated to keeping the age-old art alive.
They say Turner's macho grunts and terrible technique as he hacked at the hay tarnished the view of the usually "sedate" action of scything.