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.”


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.”