After two screen and at least three stage adaptations of du Maurier’s tale of love and wreckers on the Cornish coast, Jamaica Inn is set to be adapted again, this time as a three-part mini-series by the BBC.
It will be shown some time in 2014, although an exact date hasn’t been announced. The casting has, however, and that does look impressive:
Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil) will play Mary Yellan, the heroine. Her aunt and uncle will be played by Joanne Whalley and Sean Harris, both familiar faces from The Borgias (Vannozza, the Pope’s Mistress and Micheletto, Cesare’s faithful assassin-friend). Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter series) will also have a role as the vicar’s sister.
Despite being set in Cornwall, the series was filmed in Cumbria and Yorkshire which did not go down well with some people.
For the viewers who prefer a classic old-fashioned Whodunnit, the BBC has something in store as well. It intends to bring some of her lesser-known works as well as her most famous book to screen.
David Walliams will star as one half of the married crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence Beresford in a series titled Partners in Crime. Apart from Walliams no casting has been announced, yet. The series will be shown in 2015, just like the three-part adaptation of And Then There Were None, which has no news about the casting, yet.