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Keighley doubles up for Cornish coast
7:00pm Sunday 13th October 2013 in Keighley
Landlocked Bradford district is to double for the windswept coast of Cornwall as a new BBC adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Jamaica Inn begins shooting.
Screen Yorkshire has managed to bring the production company behind a forthcoming three-part adaptation of the gothic tale of smugglers and forbidden love on the stark Cornish moors to the county to film. And Keighley is among the locations.
Origin Pictures has started shooting, and as well as Keighley and Tong being included, Crow Edge at Penistone is doubling up as Jamaica Inn itself.
There is a stellar cast of British talent lined up for the mini-series, including Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as Mary Yellan, Matthew McNulty (The Paradise) as Jem Merlyn, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Joss Merlyn, Ben Daniels (Wiper’s Times) as Davey, Joanne Whalley (Gossip Girl) as Aunt Patience and Shirley Henderson (Southcliffe) as Hannah.
Screen Yorkshire chief executive, Sally Joynson, said: “Jamaica Inn caps a fantastic month of announcements for Screen Yorkshire investments.
“It’s a much-loved, iconic novel. I’m incredibly proud we have secured it for York-shire. This is a very good time for film and TV production in Yorkshire. We’re delighted to be at the heart of it.’’
Screen Yorkshire has invested in Jamaica Inn through its Yorkshire Content Fund, which launched in February 2012. It is the largest of its kind in the UK, and has received £7.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund into growing TV, film, games and digital business across Yorkshire and the Humber.