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Jamaica Inn

Preview by Jack Foley

SET in 1821 against the forbidding backdrop of windswept Cornish Moors, Daphne du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn is a dark, gothic tale of desire, survival and morality which has been brought to life in a stunning new TV adaptation by Emma Frost (The White Queen, Consuming Passion).

Initially broadcast in three hour-long episodes as a major feature of BBC One’s prime time Easter schedule, the entire series will be released on DVD by FremantleMedia International on May 26, 2014.

This new adaptation of the iconic novel stars 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 and Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, The Crimson Petal And The White) as Hannah.

Jamaica Inn follows the journey of young, headstrong Mary Yellan who is forced to live with her aunt following the death of her mother. When Mary arrives at the desolate Jamaica Inn, she discovers her aunt to be a shell of her former carefree self and is now a tired and anxious woman who is firmly under the spell of her domineering husband, Joss.

Joss is the head of a gang of men who smuggle all along the stretch of the Cornish coastline. It’s dangerous and violent work and when Joss isn’t smuggling, he is drinking heavily to forget all that he has seen.

To complicate matters further Mary finds herself drawn to the enigmatic Jem Merlyn, but Jem is her uncle’s brother and therefore not to be trusted in Mary’s mind – although her heart may say otherwise…

Life at Jamaica Inn challenges Mary’s black and white perceptions of morality as she finds herself living among smugglers in a lawless land where no one is quite who they seem. When she thinks she has witnessed a murder, Mary wonders at what cost she will stay silent.

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To celebrate the release of Jamaica Inn on DVD on Monday, May 26, 2014, IndieLondon is offering readers the chance to win 1 of 2 copies on DVD. Simply answer the following question…

Q. Who directs Jamaica Inn (Clue, the answer is in our preview)?

A) Philippa Lowthorpe
B) Rachel Evans
C) Phyllida Lloyd

Simply send the answer to Jamaica Inn competition and include your name, address, telephone number and email