EXCLUSIVE: Following on from yesterday’s scoop that BBC One and Origin Pictures have set Strike Back helmer Dan Percival to direct their adaptation of Death Comes To Pemberley, I have learned that Philipa Lowthorpe has signed on to helm Jamaica Inn for BBC One and Origin Pictures. Lowthorpe, represented by Independent Talent, has just come off of a stint of directing Call The Midwife, also for BBC One. Her previous credits include A Skirt Through History, Sex, The City and Me and Five Daughters.
Based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, Jamaica Inn is a three-part drama set in 1820 against the foreboding backdrop of windswept Cornish moors which follows the young Mary Yellan as she becomes entangled in a dangerous criminal world ridden with smuggling and murder, testing her resolve and morality to the very core. The adaptation was penned by Emma Frost (The White Queen). Origin Pictures is producing the drama with Sarah Stack, Stephen Wright, David Thompson, Ed Rubin and Hilary Heath serving as executive producers. Casting for the drama is currently underway, with production expected to commence in the coming months.
This is not the first time that Jamaica Inn has been adapted for television. In the 1980s a two-part drama serial based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel was produced for ITV. That drama, which aired in 1983, was directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark and starred Jane Seymour, Patrick McGoohan, Trevor Eve, John McEnery, Billie Whitelaw, Vivian Pickles and Peter Vaughan.