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Jamaica Inn (2014)
Jamaica Inn is a British drama television series that was first broadcast on BBC One for three consecutive nights from 21 to 23 April 2014. The three-part series, written by Emma Frost, is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's gothic novel Jamaica Inn.


CRASH into sudden noise and movement as a dry mud-spattered

black coach careens too close

-sunlight glinting off it and its wheels churning dust into

the frame.

WELL-HEELED TRAVELLERS waiting at this unofficial staging

post at the intersection of two dry dirt roads surrounded by

golden cornfields, jostle backwards into

-a young woman who is travelling alone and she steadies

herself against their surge.

An ordinary farm-girl, MARY YELLAN is 20, pretty, quietly

unconventional, a strong sense of right and wrong, a touching

guilelessness that makes her vulnerable. She’s drowning in an

oversized man’s coat (once her father’s) and looks very out

of place as she’s pushed to the back.

The horse is still rearing with a whinny, shaking at its

harness, hooves flying dangerously, as the DRIVER heaves on

the reins to bring it to a halt.

After everyone else, MARY drags her tatty trunk through the

dirt to board the coach.


The DRIVER whips the horse along

-the coach bumping and racing unsteadily on the dirt track,

a tiny black beetle among the cornfields.

3 INT. COACH - DAY 1 3

Inside the coach it’s cramped and unpleasant.

A middle class FAMILY with a FAT DAUGHTER take up the room,

MARY squeezed into a corner, feeling out of place and

uncomfortable at their staring.

She hugs her giant coat round her, a treasured keepsake, and

turns to look out of the window, and a last glimpse of this

warm and manicured place she has called home as

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Emma Frost

Emma Frost is a British screenwriter and showrunner, known for her work in the television series Shameless, The White Queen, Jamaica Inn, and The Man in the High Castle. Her film work includes the BBC Four drama Consuming Passion and the screenplay to Zelda, a film in development by Ron Howard. She is based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Frost is a trustee of the children's arts charity Anno's Africa. more…

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