Last year, it was announced that ITV had commissioned an adaptation of Jane Austin’s unfinished novel, Sanditon. At the time, the broadcaster remained tight-lipped about plans for the upcoming series, but now, we’ve finally been given some more details and a trailer.
Sanditon, which is Austin’s final novel, was written just months before her death in 1817, hence why it was left incomplete. It tells the story of love and self-discovery in the 19th century, and ITV has enlisted Emmy and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (the man behind War & Peace, Les Misérables and Pride and Prejudice) to portray this in the eight-part TV version. But what exactly can we expect to see?
Here’s everything we know so far…
What is the plot?
Sanditon focuses on its protagonist Charlotte Heywood, a joyous and unconventional woman and her relationship with the funny and disarming Sidney Parker. When she moves from her rural hometown to the coastal resort of Sanditon, Charlotte is quickly exposed to the ‘intrigues and dalliances’ of the seaside town and its locals, whose fortunes depend on its commercial success.
Full of twists and turns, the period drama will take viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London throughout the series.
Who has been cast?
Curfew star Rose Williams will take the lead as Charlotte while Downton Abbey heartthrob Theo James plays Sidney. Meanwhile Kris Marshall from Death in Paradise has been cast as Tom Parker, a happily married man who lives to put Sanditon on the map.
Speaking about her new role as Charlotte, Williams said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be playing Charlotte Heywood. This role is such a blessing. She’s a brilliant character – modern, headstrong, with heart and a voice. Andrew Davies’ scripts are so beautifully written and wonderfully full of powerful female characters. I can’t wait to start filming with the wonderful cast and creative team on Sanditon.’
Other members of the star studded cast include Kate Ashfield (Line of Duty) as Mary Parker, Jack Fox (Riviera) as Sir Edward Denham, Charlotte Spencer (Watership Down) as Esther Denham, Lily Sacofsky (Bancroft) as Clara Bereton, Crystal Clarke (Ordeal by Innocence) as Miss Lambe, Elizabeth Berrington (Vanity Fair) as Mrs Griffiths, Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter) as Mr Heywood, Turlough Convery (Les Miserables) as Arthur Parker, Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones) as Lord Babbington, Matthew Needham (The Hollow Crown) as Mr Crowe, Alexandra Roach (Black Mirror) as Diana Parker, Leo Suter (Clique) as Young Stringer, Kevin Eldon (Cavendish) as Mr Hankins and Adrian Scarborough (A Very English Scandal) as Dr Fuchs.
When will it air?
No air date has been confirmed just yet but Sanditon is expected to hit our TV screens this Autumn. In fact, it may even be next month (September) now that the trailer has finally dropped alongside the ‘coming soon’ announcement.