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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

JAMAICA INN - BBC

Date: 22nd April 2014

If I took to my Blog every time I am dissatisfied or disappointed with a programme, I'd hardly leave the computer.  And I wasn't going to write anything about Jamaica Inn until I saw that I was totally vindicated in my opinion - hundreds have complained about the incomprehensibility of the dialogue.

The worst offender was Joss - I simply couldn't make out what he was saying between the accent, the growl and the smoker's cough voice.

The best thing about the programme was the very atmospheric music.  

If the scriptwriter were getting paid by the word - he/she would not have received a very large cheque.  I don't think I've ever watched anything with so little dialogue - just moody shots of the moor and such dark ones it was also difficult to see what was going on.

When will producers, editors, actors etc. realise that, though they've lived with the dialogue for months, we the viewers only get one shot at comprehension.  I have a friend who now uses Subtitles for much British television.  In fact last night I almost reached for the subtitles button - what an indictment of our once superb TV.

The producer announced that there was a problem with the sound!!!!   Oh yes!

I will switch on tonight but if it is as bad as last night I shall turn off just as quickly.

Jan

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