Adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn to be filmed in Bradford (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn to be filmed in Bradford
6:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
The landlocked Bradford district is to double for the windswept craggy coast of Cornwall as a new BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Jamaica Inn begins this week.
Screen Yorkshire has managed to bring the production company behind a forthcoming three-part adaptation of the gothic tale of smugglers and forbidden love on the stark Cornish moors to the county to film.
There is a stellar cast of British talent lined up for the mini-series, including Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Labyrinth) as Mary Yellan, Matthew McNulty (The Paradise, Room At The Top) as Jem Merlyn, Sean Harris (The Borgias, Southcliffe) as Joss Merlyn, Ben Daniels (Wiper’s Times, House Of Cards) as Davey, Joanne Whalley (The Borgias, Gossip Girl) as Aunt Patience and Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, The Crimson Petal And The White) as Hannah.
The story is set in 1820 when innocent Mary goes to stay with her aunt in the forbidding Jamaica Inn, and wonders why there are no guests in the remote staging post and all the rooms are locked.
deeds and dark doings are the order of the day as Mary – while finding time for romance with the rugged Jem Merlyn – uncovers a criminal gang using the inn as a front for their nefarious activities.
The adaptation – which will comprise three one-hour episodes – has been written by Emma Frost, who most recently penned the hit series The White Queen for TV, and it is directed by BAFTA-winning Philippa Lowthorpe.
Sally Joynson, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire, said: “Jamaica Inn caps a fantastic month of announcements for Screen Yorkshire investments.
“It’s a much loved, iconic novel and I am incredibly proud that we have secured it for Yorkshire.
“This is a very good time for film and TV production in Yorkshire.’’ Screen Yorkshire has invested in Jamaica Inn through its Yorkshire Content Fund.
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