Sanditon (TV series)

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Sanditon
GenreDrama
Based onSanditon
by Jane Austen
Starring
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Production company(s)Red Planet Pictures
Release
Original networkITV
Picture format2:1 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release25 August 2019 (2019-08-25) –
present

Sanditon is a British historical period drama television series adapted by Andrew Davies from an unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen and starring Rose Williams and Theo James in the lead roles. Set during the Regency Period, 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 will air on PBS in the United States, which supports the production, as part of its Masterpiece anthology. Due to the unfinished nature of the novel (Austen only completed eleven chapters in her lifetime), the original work is used for the majority of the first episode, and then Davies used the developed characters to complete the story.[1] 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.[2]

Overview[edit]

Charlotte Heywood is delighted to be invited to stay as the Parkers' guest in the fishing village of Sanditon, situated on the South Coast of England, which Tom Parker hopes to make a fashionable seaside resort, with his business partner, Lady Denham. Charlotte, however, soon discovers that the inhabitants of the town behave in curious and unpredictable ways that she could never have imagined, including the highly strung and cold Sidney Parker.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring Cast[edit]

Guest Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.EpisodeDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [3]
1Episode 1Oliver BlackburnAndrew Davies25 August 2019 (2019-08-25)TBC
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 on the cusp of dramatic change. 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)TBC
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 Davies8 September 2019 (2019-09-08)TBC
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 ClarkeAndrew Davies15 September 2019 (2019-09-15)TBC
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 ClarkeAndrew Davies22 September 2019 (2019-09-22)TBC
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 ClarkeAndrew Davies29 September 2019 (2019-09-29)TBC
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 SturridgeAndrew Davies6 October 2019 (2019-10-06)TBC
As the Sanditon summer regatta approaches, Sidney wrestles with his feelings towards an old flame, 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, the fate of Sanditon is in the balance when events conspire to leave Charlotte and the Parker family facing down impossible choices.

Production[edit]

A lot 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 used as the location for Sanditon House. The majority of interior filming took place in Bristol.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception has been mixed.[5] Some UK media outlets reported that viewers were shocked at the graphic depictions of sex and nudity in the opening episode.[6] Many viewers were upset with the final episode for ending in an unusual and very “unaustenlike” manner.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When is Sanditon on TV? Who's in the cast and what's it about?". Radio Times.
  2. ^ "Sanditon, episode 1, review: Jane Austen with lashings of sun, sand and sex - but will viewers crave something more?". www.telegraph.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Four-screen dashboard (TV sets only, based on 28-day data) - BARB". www.barb.co.uk. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  4. ^ Duffy, Nick. "Where is Sanditon filmed? Filming locations for the Jane Austen adaptation".
  5. ^ https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/sanditon/s01
  6. ^ "Sanditon sex scene shocks Jane Austen fans as ITV adaptation premieres". Digital Spy.

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