A lavish television production of Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Jamaica Inn, partly filmed in Bradford, will be screened as a highlight of the Easter Bank Holiday.
Funding from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund ensured that a significant part of the production was filmed on location in Yorkshire, with filming also taking place in Cornwall, where the novel is set, and Cumbria.
Locations included St James’s Church in Bradford, Farnley Tyas, Crow Edge and Penistone near Barnsley.
Keighley and Tong doubled for windswept Cornwall in some scenes of the drama, starring Jessica Brown Findlay, best known as Lady Sybill in Downton Abbey, and Matthew McNulty, who starred in a TV adaptation of John Braine’s Room at the Top, also filmed in Bradford.
Hugo Heppell, head of investments at Screen Yorkshire and executive producer on Jamaica Inn, described the adaptation as “visceral and authentic”.
He said: “It features fabulous performances and brilliant production design, showcasing the world class talent that our region has to offer film and TV producers.”
Producer David Thompson added: ‘’We were thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit Yorkshire to film large parts of Jamaica Inn, which is a particularly rich source for period locations, providing us with huge possibilities to adapt this much-loved novel for the screen.
“Screen Yorkshire has been incredibly supportive, playing a critical role in supporting us to bring productions such as Jamaica Inn to life, through provision of crucial equity funding in a marketplace where investment can still be very hard to find.”
Set in 1821, the story follows spirited Mary Yellan, forced to live with her Aunt Patience after her mother’s death.
Despite pressure to marry local boy Ned, Mary decides she won’t marry without love. Declining his proposal, she travels to the isolated Jamaica Inn, where she discovers her domineering uncle leading a gang of smugglers.
Life at Jamaica Inn challenges Mary’s perceptions of morality as she finds herself among smugglers in a lawless land where no-one is quite who they seem.
Screen Yorkshire invested in Jamaica Inn through its Yorkshire Content Fund, which launched in 2012 and is having a major impact on production levels in the region. The largest regional production fund in the UK, it received £15 million from the European Regional Development Fund into growing TV, film, games and digital business across Yorkshire. Other major investments include The Great Train Robbery, Peaky Blinders, Testament Of Youth, Get Santa and Catch me Daddy, all partly filmed in the Bradford district.
Jamaica Inn is on BBC1 on Monday at 9pm.