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Launceston 'too modern' for Du Maurier film

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 31, 2013

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At first glance, they may seem like a series of shots depicting early 19th century Cornwall, but beneath this film set facade lies a different story.

Having deemed current day Launceston too 'modern' to host the filming of part of the new BBC adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, film makers opted to reproduce the Cornish town in Cumbria.

Residents in the quiet market town of Kirby Lonsdale were asked by production crews to prepare for some shops looking "different" for a few days as filming took place earlier this month.

The town's quaint market square was turned in to a 19th century horse traders' yard on the second day of filming, while scenes were also shot near St Mary's Church. A spokesman for film company Origin Pictures reassured locals: "Some shops may look different during this time but behind their doors will be continuing as normal."

Website kirbylonsdale.co.uk revealed it took almost a week to make the Cumbrian town resemble its Cornish counterpart, while many residents aced as extras.

The three-day shoot in Kirby Lonsdale follows scenes shot in Cornwall at Holywell Bay and Bodmin Moor. The series, due to be aired next Easter, stars Jessica Brown Findlay who played Lady Sybil in Downton Abbey.

It follows the journey of Mary Yellan, a young girl who falls into a life of crime after being sent to live with her aunt when her mother dies.

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