TV producer to re-visit Kirkby Lonsdale to thank town for hosting Jamaica Inn filming

TIME SHIFT: Kirkby town centre transformed for BBC drama

TIME SHIFT: Kirkby town centre transformed for BBC drama

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THE producer of BBC’s Jamaica Inn - filmed partly in Kirkby Lonsdale - is to re-visit the town to give a unique insight into how the drama production was made.

And one of the revelations is expected to be why the Cumbrian location was chosen to shoot town scenes rather than Launceston, the Cornish town featured in Daphne du Maurier’s classic smuggling novel.

Last October, the clock was turned back on Kirkby Lonsdale’s Market Square to recreate a bustling 18th Century community.

Producer Dan Winch will visit to Kirkby on April 12 to deliver his talk at the Lunesdale Hall, formerly Kirkby Lonsdale Institute.

Accepting an invitation from town represenatives, Mr Winch said in an email: “I'm so delighted that you all have fond memories of our visit. The hard work and planning certainly seemed to pay off. I'd be delighted to visit. It would be the very least I can do by way of thanks.”

The centre of Kirkby was transformed for two weeks last October for the exterior scenes used in the three-part drama, which stars former Downton Abbey actress Jessica Brown-Findlay and is expected to be screened on BBC-1 around Easter.

Tickets for Mr Winch’s talk go on sale this weekend and are available from the town's visitor information shop at 24 Main Street.

A photographic competition will take place in conjunction with the event. Residents are being asked to submit their best photograph taken during the filming along with 100 words about their memories around the photo.

First prize will be a copy of the Daphne Du Maurier book, signed by members of the cast.

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11:23pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ACM says...

I hope no one expects controversy or points-scoring on the evening of April 12. There is no rivalry between Cumbria and Cornwall over the choice of location. Everyone knows that films, be they big screen or for television, use locations where it best suits them to resemble the 'real' setting of the story. Manchester has been an American city for example. Google 'film locations' and see for yourself just how far removed locations are from where the story is set. I guess the movie, Gravity, is the best example. Believe it or not, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock did NOT go into space to make that movie!
I hope no one expects controversy or points-scoring on the evening of April 12. There is no rivalry between Cumbria and Cornwall over the choice of location. Everyone knows that films, be they big screen or for television, use locations where it best suits them to resemble the 'real' setting of the story. Manchester has been an American city for example. Google 'film locations' and see for yourself just how far removed locations are from where the story is set. I guess the movie, Gravity, is the best example. Believe it or not, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock did NOT go into space to make that movie! ACM
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