Sanditon (TV series)

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Based onSanditon
by Jane Austen
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Running time60 minutes
Production companyRed Planet Pictures
Original networkITV
Picture format2:1 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release25 August (2019-08-25) –
13 October 2019 (2019-10-13)

Sanditon is a British historical drama television series adapted by Andrew Davies from an unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen and starring Rose Williams and Theo James. Set during the Regency era, the plot follows a young and naive heroine as she navigates the new seaside resort of Sanditon.

The series first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 25 August 2019 in eight parts, and in the United States on 12 January 2020 on PBS, which supported the production as part of its Masterpiece anthology.

Due to the unfinished nature of the novel (Austen completed only eleven chapters), the original work was used for the majority of the first episode, and then Davies used the developed characters to complete the story.[1] The novel is set in a seaside town during a time of social change. At the time of her death in 1817, Austen had completed 24,000 words of the novel.

A second and third series were commissioned in May 2021, as part of a collaboration between PBS and BritBox, with ITV acquiring the series for later linear broadcast.[2] With Theo James’ (Sidney Parker) departure from the series, new cast members were announced, with Rose Williams reprising her role as Charlotte Heywood. Season 2 began filming in July 2021.[3]


A chance accident brings Charlotte Heywood to Sanditon, a seaside resort on the cusp of dramatic change. Spirited and unconventional, Charlotte is initially keen to experience everything the town has to offer but is then shocked by its scheming and ambitious inhabitants and intrigued by the secrets they share. When Charlotte is tactlessly forthright about the family of enthusiastic entrepreneur Tom Parker, she immediately clashes with his handsome but wild younger brother Sidney. Amidst the rival suitors and unexpected danger, can Charlotte and Sidney see past each other's flaws and find love?



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No.EpisodeDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.K viewers
(millions) [4]
1Episode 1Oliver BlackburnAndrew Davies25 August 2019 (2019-08-25)5.37
When a coach accident introduces Charlotte Heywood to the Parker family, she quickly seizes the opportunity to throw herself into the adventure she has craved by returning with them to Sanditon, a seaside resort that Tom Parker is developing. Charlotte, however, soon discovers that the inhabitants of the town behave in curious and unpredictable ways that she could never have imagined.
2Episode 2Oliver BlackburnAndrew Davies1 September 2019 (2019-09-01)4.52
Charlotte and Sidney Parker clash again, only for Charlotte to be left confused by a chance encounter. Tensions surrounding Miss Georgiana Lambe's arrival in Sanditon erupt at Lady Denham's grand pineapple luncheon, and Sir Edward and Esther Denham realise that Clara Brereton poses a significant threat to their ambitions.
3Episode 3Oliver BlackburnAndrew Davies & Justin Young8 September 2019 (2019-09-08)4.14
Charlotte sets out to avoid Sidney, until a serious accident forces them together, and to reappraise each other. When Tom Parker brings a new doctor to the town, he and Lady Denham clash, while Clara makes a bold move in her bid to outplay Edward and Esther.
4Episode 4Lisa ClarkeJustin Young15 September 2019 (2019-09-15)3.83
The arrival of Georgiana's forbidden love causes Charlotte to question her opinion of Sidney. Meanwhile, Clara witnesses a moment between Esther and Edward that raises her suspicions about their relationship, with devastating consequences for Esther.
5Episode 5Lisa ClarkeAndrea Gibb22 September 2019 (2019-09-22)N/A
Tensions between Tom and his labourers erupt during the Sanditon cricket match. Charlotte and Sidney continue to clash, resulting in Georgiana being placed in terrible danger, while Lord Babington offers Esther a glimpse of a better future.
6Episode 6Lisa ClarkeJustin Young29 September 2019 (2019-09-29)3.74
Charlotte and Sidney find themselves at loggerheads, but must work together in an attempt to rescue an abducted Georgiana. Tom tries to save Sanditon and his marriage. As Lady Denham falls gravely ill Edward and Clara enter into a scandalous arrangement to finally get their hands on her inheritance. Charlotte begins to see Sidney in a new light, and vice versa.
7Episode 7Charles SturridgeJustin Young6 October 2019 (2019-10-06)3.87
As the Sanditon summer regatta approaches, Sidney wrestles with his feelings towards Eliza Campion, his former sweetheart, and Young Stringer reveals his feelings to Charlotte. With Lady Denham at death's door, the tensions between Edward, Clara and Esther finally come to a head - with surprising consequences.
8Episode 8Charles SturridgeAndrew Davies13 October 2019 (2019-10-13)TBC
On the night of the Midsummer Ball, romantic interests are resolved. However, a fire leaves Tom on the verge of bankruptcy. Sidney tells Charlotte that, in order to save the Sanditon project and his brother's fortunes, he plans to marry Eliza Campion in order to acquire her wealth.


Many of the Sanditon scenes were filmed in Somerset, including the seaside towns of Clevedon, Brean and Weston-super-Mare. Dyrham Park near Bath, Somerset was the location for Sanditon House. The bridge at Iford Manor was used in the first episode.[5] Most of the interior filming was on interior and exterior sets built at The Bottle Yard Studios in Bristol.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception has been mixed.[7] Some UK media outlets reported that viewers were shocked at the depictions of sex and nudity in the opening episode, considering it to be untrue to the works of Jane Austen.[8] Many viewers critiqued the ending as unusual and very “un-Austen-like”. Viewers claim Austen would have liked a happy ending for all characters, as she has happy endings in all of her stories; however, this could have been a set up for a second season.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ Harrison, Ellie (22 September 2019). "When is Sanditon on TV? Who's in the cast and what's it about?". Radio Times.
  2. ^ "MASTERPIECE and BritBox UK plan a return visit to Sanditon". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 6 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Sanditon Season 2 Casting News".
  4. ^ "Four-screen dashboard (based on 28-day data)". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  5. ^ "PBS - Where was Sanditon Filmed? The Official Locations Guide". Retrieved 17 March 2021.
  6. ^ Duffy, Nick (13 October 2019). "Where is Sanditon filmed? Filming locations for the Jane Austen adaptation". i.
  7. ^ Sanditon at Rotten Tomatoes
  8. ^ McCreesh, Louise (25 August 2019). "Sanditon sex scene shocks Jane Austen fans as ITV adaptation premieres". Digital Spy.
  9. ^ Midgley, Carol (14 October 2019). "Celebrity Hunted review — how to understand Boris: Just watch his father". The Times.
  10. ^ Powell, Emma (14 October 2019). "Andrew Davies gave Austen a touch of reality with ITV's Sanditon – and I'm much vexed". Radio Times.
  11. ^ Elliott, Megan (19 January 2020). "Fans Are Already Begging PBS for 'Sanditon' Season 2, But They May Be Disappointed". Showbiz CheatSheet.

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