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Ever since it was announced that Sanditon was cancelled, fans have been calling for it to come back. While there have been little blips of hope, they've generally been crushed pretty quickly. However – we've just seen something that might suggest the wheels are in motion.
What is Sanditon?
Sanditon is based on an unfinished Jane Austen novel. In 1917, her health was failing. While experts aren't in complete agreement about what ultimately ended her life, Addison's disease and Hodgkin's lymphoma are among the most popular hypotheses. Though she continued to work through her illness, her final work, The Brothers, would remain unfinished after 12 chapters.
In the middle of March 1817, she was no longer able to write. On the 18th of March, she wrote that she was turning “every wrong colour” and she was confined to her sofa. By July, she had passed away at the age of 41.
Since then, many have attempted to finish her work. Most recently, Sanditon was adapted into an ITV television series by Andrew Davies. There's also a book that finishes the story, based on the version Davies put forth (get it HERE).
What is Sanditon About?
Sanditon tells the story of a spirited young woman and her relationship with the charismatic promoter of a new seaside resort town. It's a story of youthful innocence and enthusiasm meeting up with an upstart town and all its schemes and secrets.
The original series wasn't well-received in the UK, but American audiences loved it, and petitions almost immediately went up to beg for more.
Where Can I Watch Sanditon?
If you haven't already watched Sanditon, you can check it out HERE on PBS Masterpiece.
Will There Be a Season 2 of Sanditon?
If you'd asked us last week, we would have said no.
Running a British TV site, we subscribe to a casting call service so we can keep tabs on upcoming productions. This popped up yesterday, suggesting that a Series 2 of Sanditon is forthcoming.
For those who can't read the screenshot below, it says the record was updated on the 15th of January in 2021, and that the status of the project is “pre-production”. Red Planet Pictures and ITV are listed as production company and network (the same as with Series 1).
Filming is scheduled for Summer 2021.
When casting alerts go out, it's usually a pretty sure thing that the production is going forward. Hopefully, that means Sanditon fans will have something to look forward to in late 2021 or early 2022.
Who Will Return for Series 2 of Sanditon?
The first series of Sanditon featured a star-studded cast with Rose Williams (Curfew) as Austen’s heroine, Charlotte Heywood; Theo James (Bedlam) as the charming Sidney Parker; Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax) as the grande dame of Sanditon, Lady Denham; Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise) as Sanditon’s ambitious promoter, Tom Parker; and Crystal Clarke (Ordeal by Innocence) as West Indian heiress, Miss Lambe.
As there's been no formal announcement about Series 2 (yet), we've not seen details about who will be returning and what new characters and actors might be joining the series. We'll update this when we know more about what's to come.
Will You Be Watching Season 2 of Sanditon?
Are you one of those who've been eagerly hoping and praying for a second series? Or did the first season of Sanditon leave you cold? Either way, it's hard to disagree with those forlorn fans getting another fix (not to mention, a few answers about the ending of Season 1).
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