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The BBC's recent adaptation of du Maurier's classic novel was recently criticised by some viewers for being difficult to follow, due to a combination of the actors' mumbled dialogue and poor sound quality.
Kits Browning stated that he particularly found it difficult to hear what actor Sean Harris (landlord Joss Merlyn) was saying.
"In the end I had to resort to subtitles because I wanted to see [scriptwriter] Emma Frost's wonderful words," he told Radio Times.
"I feel so sorry for Emma Frost - she did a wonderful adaptation."
Let's get ready to mumble! 13 amazingly incoherent performances
He added: "Thank God Sean Harris's character gets killed. I blame the director and the sound man - and an actor who just mumbled.
"If anyone else feels the same way I just suggest you go and read the book. »
Jamaica Inn, the highly-anticipated three-part BBC One adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1936 gothic novel, kicked off to strong ratings on Monday night – and got a lot of people talking. But much of the chatter has come in the form of complaints – nearly 2,200 so far, according to BBC News. British viewers are decrying sound issues, and what people have called “mumbling” by the cast of the Origin Pictures production. (The Twittersphere is referring to it as #MumbleInn.) Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay stars with Joanne Whalley, Sean Harris and Matthew McNulty in the drama that’s set in 1820s Cornwall (a West Country county that has a very particular accent). But there’s been some debate as to whether the sound troubles were technical or artistic. Here’s the trailer: After initial complaints, the BBC on Tuesday apologized, saying there were “issues with the sound levels” which would be »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Transmisson snags or actors' artistry blamed for muffled dialogue as Daphne du Maurier tale sheds 1.6m viewers
The BBC TV drama Jamaica Inn lost a quarter of its audience after sound issues left viewers barely able to understand the dialogue.
The audience for the second episode of the adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel fell by 1.6 million following hundreds of viewer complaints over mumbling in the first episode.
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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen
Controller says corporation is looking into issue that prompted hundreds of viewers to complain they couldn't hear dialogue
The BBC's drama chief has apologised after nearly 800 people complained about inaudible dialogue in drama Jamaica Inn, admitting: "If no one can understand what they're saying, then there's a problem."
Ben Stephenson, the BBC's controller, drama commissioning, said the corporation was looking into the sound issues which plagued the first episode of the Daphne du Maurier adaptation, which began on BBC1 on Monday night.
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- John Plunkett
Review Becky Lea 22 Apr 2014 - 22:00
Violence, smuggling, and heavy Cornish accents; it can only be episode 2 of Jamaica Inn...
This review contains spoilers.
After the world-building that took place in the first episode, Jamaica Inn slows the pace in order to spend more time with the characters and develop their relationships. Mary (Jessica Brown Findlay) is in deep with the smuggling ring now after lying to the magistrate about what she knows. She longs for escape and confides in Francis Davey (Ben Daniels) but finds herself drawn more to Jem (Matthew McNulty) after a trip to Launceton market. Meanwhile, Joss (Sean Harris) is tormented by his nightmares and is taking it out on Mary’s aunt Patience (Joanne Whalley).
The theme throughout this second episode is one of disguise; each character is wearing their own mask and the episode strips these back one by one. In order to do so, »
Corporation says it will adjust sound levels for episode two after viewers said they couldn't understand what the cast was saying
Viewers who tuned into the launch of Jamaica Inn were left frustrated after struggling to make out the dialogue in the BBC's new period drama.
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- Press Association
David Threlfall should walk off with this year's best actor Bafta after a pitch-perfect portrayal of the much-loved comedian, supported by a phalanx of perfectly turned supporting roles
Jamaica Inn (BBC1), the three-part adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's Bodmin-set gothic tale of smuggling, sublimated and not-so-sublimated lust, treachery and corruption that began last night was, in its own way, great fun. Take one headstrong heroine, add a boggy moorful of secrets, a spot of horse thievery, a devilishly attractive uncle-in-law, gorse-to-gorsebush bedragglement, a dash of murder, an unseen overlord and you're away. It's Thomas Hardy meets Cold Comfort Farm and I'm not moving til it's over.
But last night belonged to the Simon Nye-scripted drama Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (ITV), which contained a performance by David Threlfall as the eponymous comedian that should answer the question of who will be receiving this year's Bafta »
- Lucy Mangan
Jamaica Inn: BBC One, 9pm
First of a three-part adaptation by Emma Frost of Daphne du Maurier's bleak romance. In 1821, Mary Yellan, a headstrong heroine, is forced to live with her aunt at Jamaica Inn in Cornwall following her mother's death. Danger and disaster await her on Bodmin Moor.
Her bullying uncle Joss is revealed to be a notorious smuggler, whose gang has control across the entire Cornish coastline. Life at the inn soon changes Mary as she begins to wonder whether she will change herself, surrounded by such immoral criminals. Even so, she cannot resist the charm of her uncle's enigmatic younger brother Jem.
Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This: ITV, 9pm
Feature-length drama exploring the life of much-treasured comedian Tommy Cooper, written by Simon Nye and starring David Threlfall (Frank Gallagher from Shameless). There is attention given to Cooper's practised incompetence with magic tricks, »
Ahead of a new TV adaptation this Easter weekend, Julie Myerson revisits Daphne du Maurier's classic tale of Cornish smugglers, and discovers a much darker novel than she remembers reading as a teenager
I was 14 when I first stumbled upon them pleasingly fat, bright yellow, cellophane-covered Gollancz hardbacks, which I carried home from Nottingham library. The pictureless covers with thick, red-and-black lettering were unapologetically, seductively adult. Rebecca. Frenchman's Creek. Mary Anne. The Parasites. Even the titles were sternly bereft of frills. These books meant business and oh, the joy of discovering that your new favourite author had written not just two or three novels, but many.
I read them all at 14 and then re-read most of them as an adult. Jamaica Inn was one of the few I'd not yet got around to, but the ghastliness of certain details had stuck. Who could forget that godforsaken tavern in the »
- Julie Myerson
"It was hard at first, because it's an accent you don't hear that often," Brown Findlay said. "If it's American, you're bombarded by certain sounds all the time.
"But [with this] you think, 'God, how does it actually sound?' -- apart from going offensive country farmer and just annoy[ing] half the country? I don't want to do that.
"You can forget about that when you're on set and [the accent] just sort of happens - not to say it's perfect."
"He's extraordinary," Brown Findlay said of Harris, who plays Mary's menacing uncle Joss. »
Review Becky Lea 21 Apr 2014 - 22:22
A brooding, Gothic adaptation of a brooding, Gothic novel - here's Becky's review of the first episode of this new du Maurier adaptation...
This review contains spoilers.
Adapted from the excellent Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn follows the trials of Mary Yellan (Jessica Brown Findlay) who travels to the inn on Bodmin Moor after the sudden death of her mother. She is taken in by her aunt, Patience (Joanne Whalley) and uncle, the imposing Joss Merlyn (Sean Harris) and is swept up in their schemes. She becomes determined to resist all that goes on at the inn, including the charm of Jem Merlyn (Matthew McNulty), Joss’ younger brother, a horse thief and a bit of a cad.
The first episode wears its Gothic sensibilities on its sleeve; there are ever-lengthening shadows, enigmatic figures glimpsed from afar and a mystery to be solved. »
BBC One has debuted a new trailer for upcoming drama Jamaica Inn
Set in 1820s Cornwall, Jamaica Inn follows Mary as she is drawn into a world of smuggling and romance.
"I hope I have done justice to this wonderful tale of morality, survival and desire.
"It has been a pleasure and a privilege »
Five Thirty Eight parses Shakespeare and finds that Romeo & Juliet have a relationship that's not totally based on getting to know one another. Duh!
The Wire reviews Doll & Em, a new miniseries starring Emily Mortimer
Salon on the eve of the release of Divergent, a reminder that not every Ya best-seller aiming for Hunger Games phenom status succeeds: Beautiful Creatures, City of Ember, The Host and more...
Vulture 294 "issues" Glee has addressed in its first 99 episodes
Variety they went really young casting Peter Pan for that self proclaimed "international" and "diverse" Pan film which keeps casting white people in »
- NATHANIEL R
• More on Michael Bay
Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds told the story of a rustic seaside town that finds itself menaced by hellish flocks of seagulls and crows. Now the 1963 classic looks set to suffer its own form of molestation courtesy of a Hollywood remake by Transformers director Michael Bay.
Loosely adapted from a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds cast Tippi Hedren in the role of Melanie Daniels, a San Francisco socialite who comes horribly unstuck on a visit to northern California. Reports suggest that Bay's version will return to tale to its original English setting, while Naomi Watts is rumoured to be considering the Hedren role.
Variety reports that the film will be directed by the Dutch film-maker Diederik Van Rooijen, »
- Xan Brooks
It’s been so long since we’d heard anything concrete about Platinum Dunes' plans to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s classic beaky chiller The Birds that we started to wonder whether it had contracted Avian Flu, kicked the development bucket, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible. But it would appear that re-imagined parrot is alive and squawking, as Variety reports that Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will handle the megaphone.Well, we say, “will”. We’ve been here before on the Birds front, with Martin Campbell previously attached to call the shots and Naomi Watts linked with the lead role in the past. Neither is still involved.Universal and the Platinum Dunes team are, somewhat sensibly, making it clear that this redo will owe more to Daphne du Maurier’s short story than Hitchcock’s film, though the plot is still largely a secret, with Jonathan Herman »
Producer Michael Bay, his Platinum Dunes production company and Universal will remake director Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 'unexplained bird attacks' suspense/horror feature "The Birds", adapting author Daphne du Maurier's 1952 novelette, to be directed by Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen ("Penoza"):
"...'Melanie Daniels', a modern rich socialite is part of a jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer 'Mitch Brenner' sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother 'Lydia' and younger sister 'Cathy'.
"Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. »
- Michael Stevens
The new film is expected to be a much closer adaptation of the short story by Daphne Du Maurier, to which Universal owns the rights and which inspired Hitchcock's famous 1963 movie.
Tippi Hedren starred in the Hitchcock film about an increasingly vicious birds that terrorize a small town.
Numerous writers have worked on the remake over the past decade, so it's unknown what form the project will take at this time.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of remakes and reboots dominating the box office. From Robocop to About Last Night and a few dozen in between, Hollywood’s going back through its greatest hits to slap a fresh coat of paint on old favorites. Not that this is any kind of new occurrence, but the frequency in which these films are getting remade seems to be just a bit more amplified lately. Added to the pile is Alfred Hitchcock‘s seminal classic The Birds, a long-gestating project that is finally getting off the ground after years in limbo. The Birds is the 1963 thriller starring Tippi Hendren as a woman on the run from hordes of terrifying and evil avian attackers, hellbent on taking down any humans in their path. Anyone even a little familiar with Hitchcock or cinema knows the iconic image of Hendren cowering in a phone booth as sinister birds crash »
- Samantha Wilson
Michael Bay’s upcoming remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1963 classic The Birds continues to head closer for reality, with the announcement that dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will helm the new version, which is produced by Bay under his Platinum Dunes banner.
Not many plot details have been revealed for this new incarnation of the classic horror, which was published in 1952 by Daphne du Maurier. The original story followed a grizzled war veteran living on the Cornish seaside town who begins to notice flocks of Birds exhibiting strange and menacing behaviour. It’s much more likely though that Bay’s remake will instead adapt Hitchcock’s film, which moved the setting to California and changed a large number of plot details and characters.
Another pointless Michael Bay remake? »
- Matt Dennis
Have you heard the name Diederik Van Rooijenc If so you're probably Dutch and have a familiarity with a television series titled "Penoza", which has now been remade as ABC's "Red Widow", or the thriller Taped. Otherwise, he's a complete unknown and he just might be making his Hollywood feature debut with a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds for Universal and producer Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes. The project has been discussed for as long as I can remember with Naomi Watts tipped to take over Tippi Hedren's role from the '63 original, which saw a horde of birds attacking San Francisco inhabitants. Jonathan Herman wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay with word this film will likely nod more toward Daphne du Maurier's short story than did Hitchcock's. I'm not certain, but I believe this may be the first time a director has actually been »
- Brad Brevet
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