BBC drama Jamaica Inn hit the headlines earlier this week when the broadcaster received over 1000 complaints from viewers who couldn't make out its “mumbled” dialogue. Now fresh gripes have arisen after viewers reported a string of historical inaccuracies.
Audience members picked up on a host of blunders, including hymns that had yet to be written and weapons being used inaccurately, The Telegraph has reported.
Several viewers criticised the way a flintlock gun was used in the last episode, while others noted that in the programme’s second episode, characters sang 'The King of Love my Shepherd Is’ despite the fact that the composer and writer had yet to be born.
“Jamaica Inn is a costume drama adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s classic gothic novel,” The Telegraph quoted a BBC spokesperson as saying.
“It is not a historical documentary but a drama and the programme makers have taken some artistic licence whilst doing their best to recreate 19th Century England.”
Jamaica Inn lost around a quarter of its audience after the first episode, with BBC bosses blaming the drama series’ actors for the unclear dialogue.