Jamaica Inn: The Sound Problems Continue…

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  • With continuing sound problems and a major drop in viewers, all did not go well for the Jamaica Inn adaptation.

    What a shame the Jamaica Inn adaptation was so overshadowed by sound problems.

    The long-awaited BBC1 drama has now received nearly 800 complaints about the inaudible sound and viewing figures dropped by 1.6 million after the stricken first episode.

    The drama continues, though, as the BBC now turns some of the blame onto the cast.

    The BBC’s controller of drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson, said they were looking into the sound problems and pointed to a number of factors.

    ‘If no one can understand what they’re saying, then there’s a problem. I think actors not being clear is one part of it, but my understanding about the complaints about Jamaica Inn was more complex than that, so I think it’s probably not right to just single out that,’ he said.

    ‘Of course we want [actors] to give brilliant performances and you’ve got to respect that, but if no one can understand what they’re saying, then there’s a problem.’

    The first episode of the adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel pulled in 6.1 million viewers on Easter Monday but only 4.5 million of us tuned in for the second episode. We’ll have to wait to find out the figures for last night’s finale. 

    Despite the sound problems, what did you think of Jamaica Inn? Let us know in the comment box below.

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