New period drama is always a day to toss a handful of confetti. Though this particular news is “old news” in the world of entertainment, I really don’t care because, well I’m always up for fangirl gushing no matter its age. Today we’re talking of Jane Austen and Masterpiece’s new Sanditon trailer.
Before we get to that, and some of my thoughts on it, here’s the official Masterpiece Theatre summary:
Sanditon tells the story of Tom Parker (Marshall), who is obsessed with turning the sleepy seaside village of Sanditon into a fashionable health resort. He enlists the backing of local bigwig Lady Denham (Reid). Through a mishap, Tom makes the acquaintance of the Heywoods and invites their eldest daughter, Charlotte (Williams), for an extended stay at Sanditon. Meanwhile, Lady Denham, a widow, is playing matchmaker for her destitute nephew, Sir Edward (Fox), who is determined to seduce Lady Denham’s ward, Clara (Sacofsky). The arrival of wealthy, mixed-race heiress Miss Lambe (Clarke), under the protection of Tom’s upright brother Sidney (James), adds an interesting complication. Eligible men naturally find Miss Lambe fascinating, while Charlotte is intrigued by Sidney…
Screenwriter Andrew Davies has penned this script (best known for Pride & Prejudice, 1995 and also the more recent War and Peace). Of course, Sanditon is Austen’s final, unfinished work which means there’s likely to be a great deal of imagination used in completing its saga. I’ve already read that most of her material is used in episode one which means there’s going to be a modern edge to much of the material. Or that’s my educated (based on other BBC period dramas) guess.
Now, onto the trailer! Here are some of my “first impression” thoughts.
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Theo James: as usual he’s quite handsome, and it would seem he’s matured quite a lot since last I saw him. Let’s not forget he was also in Downton Abbey as that one unfortunate dude (you know the one, Lady Mary’s unfortunate dalliance!).
Rose Williams: Haven’t seen her in anything that I know of, but it looks as though she’ll make an appropriately spunky Austen heroine!
Setting: Like Persuasion, this one looks to return to a kind of sea side setting, and I’m here for this.
Romance: Perhaps as bit dramatic at times, but really, isn’t that (in part) what we adore about Austen stories? But then, there also looks to be plenty of heartbreak (??!!), and strife, too.
Jane Austen: Even though this story is written in large part by someone who is most certainly not Jane Austen, it still looks like a must-see, and though I’m in the minority, I’m here for anything new with her name on it.
Have a look at the trailer:
Sanditon will debut in the US during Masterpiece Theatre’s 2020 season.
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