Kirkby Lonsdale expects tourism boost after Jamaica Inn is screened

Jessica Brown Findley

Jessica Brown Findley

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TOURISTS are expected to flock to Kirkby Lonsdale off the back of the BBC adaptation of Jamaica Inn screened this week.

This is despite the corporation receiving hundreds of complaints about sound levels rendering the dialogue almost unintelligible in the opening episode shown on Easter Monday.

But Robin Sadler, chair of Kirkby Lonsdale’s Chamber of Trade, said people would still come to the town to see the location where parts of the drama were filmed, saying ‘any news is good news if the town gets a mention’.

“I think people will come anyway,” he said. “They’re coming to see what they’ve seen, not what they’ve heard.

“The sound levels are nothing to do with us anyway and the location, in my opinion, was spot on.”

The drama, an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, was broadcast in primetime slots on Monday, Tuesday and last night.

Following Monday’s episode, the BBC received 117 complaints about sound levels, while hundreds more took to Twitter to complain about actors ‘mumbling’ their lines.

“Just catching up on last night's Jamaica Inn,” said Kendal resident Stephen Winkley. “Appears to have been filmed in a foreign language.”

Joanna Parkins, also of South Lakeland, said: “As for what they're all saying...completely lost.”

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Last October Kirkby Lonsdale underwent a ‘makeover’ to become 1820s Launceston, Cornwall, where parts of the book are set.

The cast and crew, including Downton Abbey’s Jessica Brown Findley, who played main character, Mary Yellan, descended for several days to film scenes in and around Kirkby Lonsdale’s Market Square.

The BBC apologised about the sound quality saying: “There were issues with the sound levels and for technical reasons they could not be altered during transmission.”

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4:49pm Thu 24 Apr 14

hogheaven says...

Sorry can you speak up ?One of the worst productions I have had the misfortune to watch, BBC you need to try harder.
Sorry can you speak up ?One of the worst productions I have had the misfortune to watch, BBC you need to try harder. hogheaven
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5:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

drixhen says...

I have never seen as much rubish in my life resident of kirkby lonsdale
I have never seen as much rubish in my life resident of kirkby lonsdale drixhen
  • Score: 5

10:27pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Ambience says...

It was dire. If you don't live in Kirkby Lonsdale you wouldn't know a brief part of it was filmed in Kirkby Lonsdale. This terrible production of Jamaica Inn is more likely to make prospective tourists to steer clear of Kirkby Lonsdale. The whole thing was very depressing.
It was dire. If you don't live in Kirkby Lonsdale you wouldn't know a brief part of it was filmed in Kirkby Lonsdale. This terrible production of Jamaica Inn is more likely to make prospective tourists to steer clear of Kirkby Lonsdale. The whole thing was very depressing. Ambience
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7:46am Sun 27 Apr 14

magical trevor says...

Why on earth would it make people stay away from Kirkby Lonsdale.....what an absolutely stupid and ridiculous thing to say. Just because you didn't like it doesn't mean it's the end of the world for your small town. Kirkby Lonsdale will do just fine....with or without Jamaica Inn.
Why on earth would it make people stay away from Kirkby Lonsdale.....what an absolutely stupid and ridiculous thing to say. Just because you didn't like it doesn't mean it's the end of the world for your small town. Kirkby Lonsdale will do just fine....with or without Jamaica Inn. magical trevor
  • Score: 4

6:58pm Tue 29 Apr 14

churchy66 says...

Ambience wrote:
It was dire. If you don't live in Kirkby Lonsdale you wouldn't know a brief part of it was filmed in Kirkby Lonsdale. This terrible production of Jamaica Inn is more likely to make prospective tourists to steer clear of Kirkby Lonsdale. The whole thing was very depressing.
I am somewhat perplexed by your comment, the dialogue was indeed poor, however Kirkby Lonsdale itself was fine -an excellent back drop to such a dark tale.
[quote][p][bold]Ambience[/bold] wrote: It was dire. If you don't live in Kirkby Lonsdale you wouldn't know a brief part of it was filmed in Kirkby Lonsdale. This terrible production of Jamaica Inn is more likely to make prospective tourists to steer clear of Kirkby Lonsdale. The whole thing was very depressing.[/p][/quote]I am somewhat perplexed by your comment, the dialogue was indeed poor, however Kirkby Lonsdale itself was fine -an excellent back drop to such a dark tale. churchy66
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