Market Square, Kirkby Lonsdale (photo by Robert Viglasky)
The new BBC One three-part drama Jamaica Inn, an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic gothic novel of the same name, is due to air this Easter Monday, 21 April.
Adapted by Emma Frost (The White Queen, Consuming Passion) and directed by BAFTA-winning director Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife, Five Daughters), Jamaica Inn stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Labyrinth) as Mary Yellan, Matthew McNulty (The Paradise, Room At The Top) as Jem Merlyn and Sean Harris (The Borgias, Southcliffe) as Joss Merlyn.
Set in 1821 against the foreboding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors, this highly charged, gothic romance follows Mary Yellan as she becomes entangled in a dangerous criminal world ridden with smuggling and murder.
Where was BBC drama Jamaica Inn filmed?
Although set in Cornwall, Creative England supported the production to shoot on location in a number of superb filming locations across Cornwall, Yorkshire and Cumbria, with North Light Film Studios in Huddersfield serving as the main production base.
From the initial hunt for filming locations to sourcing local crew; obtaining filming permissions and facilitating crucial road closures; Creative England ensured that all the necessary requirements were met to ensure access to the best locations and to enable a smooth shoot.
Scenes for the inn itself were shot at filming locations Crow Edge, Penistone in Barnsley. Other Yorkshire locations set to appear in the drama include the moors near Marsden and Holmfirth, St James Church in Tong, Bradford, Farnley Tyas, and Keighley.
Other key scenes were shot at Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria, where the market square car park and Monument were transformed into Altarnun village using mud and straw to cover the floor and other set builds to cover up any modern elements of the square.
The majority of exterior scenes filmed at Holywell Bay and Bodmin Moor in Cornwall. The unspoilt golden sand and spectacular craggy rocks have made Holywell Bay iconic as a filming location in England, and the
Mary Yellan (JESSICA BROWN FINDLAY) – (C) Origin Pictures – Photographer: Robert Viglasky
crew of Jamaica Inn took full advantage of this, filming on the beach as well as in the sea. Bodmin Moor itself was the inspiration for Daphne Du Maurier’s novel, with the Inn set within the dramatic and rugged moorland.
Jamaica Inn Producer, Dan Winch, said: “From the dramatic Cornish coastline and mystical Bodmin Moor itself, to the moors in Yorkshire and Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria; we visited some spectacular locations throughout the course of the shoot. Along the way we received terrific support from Creative England”.
Joss Merlyn (SEAN HARRIS). Photo by Robert Viglasky
Creative England’s Film Friendly Partnerships with local authorities such as South Lakeland District Council and ancillary organisations like Cumbria Tourism encourage and develop a film friendly ethos throughout the English regions, ensuring that when a production moves from one area to another they receive continuity in service and treatment.
We continually work to improve the conditions for filming in England, delivering support to productions by sourcing regional filming locations and crew, securing filming permissions and accessing studios.
For more information about filming in Yorkshire, filming in Cumbria, filming in Cornwall or any other areas in England (outside England) or to find out how we support filming in England click here
Screen Yorkshire invested in Jamaica Inn through its Yorkshire Content Fund.
Images courtesy of Joan Bryden photography