First look images released from itv's massive new drama Sanditon.

First look images have today been released for brand new series, Sanditon, Jane Austen’s final and incomplete novel which will be brought to a wide television audience for the very first time.

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The images feature Rose Williams (Curfew, Changeland) as Charlotte Heywood, Theo James (The Divergent Series, Downton Abbey) as Sidney Parker, Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax, Hold the Sunset) as Lady Denham and Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise, Love Actually) as Tom Parker. Sanditon has been adapted by Emmy® and BAFTA-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (War & Peace, Les Misérables, Pride and Prejudice).

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Written only months before Austen’s death in 1817, Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker (Theo James). When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort of the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success. The twists and turns of the plot, which takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London, exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself and ultimately find love.

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 Sanditon is a Red Planet Pictures production commissioned for ITV by Polly Hill and MASTERPIECE by Rebecca Eaton. Created by Jane Austen, it is written and executive produced by Andrew Davies with Belinda Campbell as Executive Producer for Red Planet Pictures and Rebecca Eaton as Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE. Series producer is Georgina Lowe and directed by Olly Blackburn, Lisa Clarke and Charles Sturridge. BBC Studios is distributing the series internationally.

 

Sanditon was filmed in and around Bristol, including The Bottle Yard Studios. Transmission is expected later this year on ITV.