To Mary's horror the wreckers lure a ship onto the rocks and then murder and rob the crew as they swim ashore. However the revenue officers arrive and shoot and kill most of the smugglers, Joss and ...
In 1821 spirited orphan Mary Yellan goes to live with her aunt Patience at the remote Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor, run by Patience's forbidding husband Joss. Since her father was killed by smugglers ...
Cornwall, early 19th century. A recently orphaned young woman by the name of Mary arrives to live with her aunt and uncle after the death of her widowed mother. It isn't long before Mary learns that her aunt's husband, Joss, leads a band of criminals who cause shipwrecks for profit. Coming closer to the truth of everything will cause Mary to fear for her life.Written by
It was dark and grubby, just like the monstrous crime at the heart of this tale.
For me the key to Jamaica Inn is the portrayal of the extremely compromised characters. The production excelled at this.
The only character who is not compromised is the evil fiend at the centre of it all of course. That person has abandoned morals and has found a form of liberation.
The most compromised of all, Joss Merlyn was played by Sean Harris superbly. He is ensnared in something extremely nasty indeed. His attempt to drag the heroin into the evil cesspool he inhabits was really a first class piece of drama.
Thank goodness today we have Formica worktops, dettol, vinyl floors and suchlike. We still have monstrous criminals but at least we have nice clean living environments for them.
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