Jamaica Inn brings Daphne Du Maurier’s classic and much-loved novel to life in a bold new three-part drama for BBC1, adapted by Emma Frost ( The White Queen, Shameless, Consuming Passion) and directed by BAFTA award winning Philippa Lowthorpe (Call the Midwife, Five Daughters ). Set in 1820 against the foreboding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors, this highly charged, gothic romance follows our heroine Mary as she becomes entangled in a dangerous criminal world ridden with smuggling and murder, testing her resolve and morality to the very core.
Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Labyrinth) will star as Mary Yellan, Matthew McNulty (The Paradise, Room At The Top) as Jem Merlyn, Sean Harris (The Borgias, Southcliffe) as Joss Merlyn, Ben Daniels (Wiper’s Times, House Of Cards) as Davey, Joanne Whalley (The Borgias, Gossip Girl) as Aunt Patience and Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe, The Crimson Petal And The White) as Hannah.
Fulfilling her mother’s dying wish that she give up the family farm and go to stay with her aunt Patience in Cornwall, young Mary Yellan gets more than she bargained for when she arrives at the infamous Jamaica Inn. Patience is a shell of a woman, downtrodden by her domineering, vicious husband Joss. As Mary discovers the inn is a front for a sinister group of criminals, she is unwillingly dragged into their lawless world of smuggling and wrecking. Despite her perpetual fear, Mary’s unexplored sexuality and lust draws her hopelessly to the charismatic Jem. But when Mary learns that he is Joss’s brother, she backs away, fearful of ending up a broken woman like her aunt. As she becomes increasingly uncertain of who she can trust, Mary will be forced to cross her own moral line to save herself.