Jamaica Inn – the BBC at its best

imageThe BBC’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn has been exceptionally good. The acting is superb. The atmospherics of the photography and music are exquisite. They have done justice to the hardest-edged element of the du Maurier oevre.

800ish people complained about the sound on the first episode’s broadcast. “Mumbling” was mentioned. In fact, all the actors’ diction is extremely clear. There is one exception. Sean Harris as Joss Merlyn is rather throaty. In fact, he is a great actor and his performance in this is exceedingly fine. You don’t have to understand every word he says. His interpretation is quite impressionistic. I prefer that to a somewhat cod Cornish accent, like some actors in some TV series based in our fine extreme south-western county.

All in all, I say:

Well done, BBC!

Photo above of Rough Tor by -SammyJo-


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