BBC admits: Jamaica Inn actors DID mumble

JAMAICA INN

  • BBC admits actors were partly to blame for inaudible dialogue in drama
  • More than 2,000 complaints received after show was screened at Easter
  • Investigation blamed several factors for the ‘incoherent mumbling’

The BBC has admitted its actors were partly to blame for the inaudible dialogue in Jamaica Inn. The corporation originally said technical faults were responsible after more than 2,000 complaints about ‘incoherent mumbling’ in the drama, shown at Easter. After an investigation the BBC has now blamed several factors, including the cast failing to deliver their lines clearly.

I bet the producers were hoping for some awards but as a television drama it won’t even qualify for the ‘Best Film Not in the English Language’ BAFTA

I didn’t complain but stopped watching this drama (with my two relatives) as we couldn’t make out the words. My feeling was not that there was a technical problem but that the actors were struggling with the accent! Subtitles would have helped.

It doesn’t really matter who or what CAUSED the problem – we need to know why no one noticed how bad it was and how it came to be broadcast – and not pulled 15 minutes in when the complaints began appearing on media sites – on the night of transmission. It should have been stopped and all 3 parts “re mixed” – and maybe even DUBBED in the case of one character – and screened at a later date.

As this was a pre recorded programme and not screened live surely this raises at least two questions. What on earth was the director doing to earn their money and presumably it must have been reviewed before being broadcast. So how could this situation ever arisen?

I didn’t complain but stopped watching this drama (with my two relatives) as we couldn’t make out the words. My feeling was not that there was a technical problem but that the actors were struggling with the accent! Subtitles would have helped.

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