PBS Masterpiece and BritBox UK Renew ‘Sanditon’ For Seasons 2 & 3
This is some unexpected good news for Jane Austen fans. US network PBS Masterpiece and BritBox UK have teamed up to renew the previously cancelled ‘Sanditon‘ for two more seasons!
Based on Austen’s final, unfinished novel, and despite some critical acclaim, ‘Sandition’ left fans hanging in suspense by the first season’s finale and clamouring for more. Unfortunately, ITV, who originally aired the drama, couldn’t justify carrying the cost of another season due to the low viewing figures.
The drama will continue to follow the high-spirited and independent heroine, Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams, ‘Curfew’) as she returns to the picturesque coastal resort of Sanditon. Charlotte’s journey is one thread of an intricate tapestry of compelling stories full of intrigue, excitement, and romance. Against the backdrop of beautiful vistas, familiar faces return and new inhabitants are introduced — all of whom will be having adventures as joyous and surprising as the seaside town itself.
Justin Young (‘Death in Paradise’, ‘Ripper Street’), who wrote four episodes of the first season of Sanditon, will develop the new seasons and take the role of lead writer and executive producer. Andrew Davies, who originally created the series, will also return to write several episodes and executive produce.
“We’re thrilled to be able to invite viewers back to Sanditon for not just one but two further visits!” commented Belinda Campbell, Joint MD of Red Planet Pictures, who produce the series. “Justin Young and Andrew Davies’ sensational scripts are relevant, timely and captivating and we can’t wait to share all the exciting new developments we have in store for our much-loved characters. Now, more than ever, I think we could all do with some joy on our TV screens as well as a healthy dose of fresh sea air.”
PBS is the distributor of all three seasons in the U.S. and Canada, with Masterpiece continuing to air the drama over there. BritBox UK will serve as the broadcaster over here.
“We couldn’t be happier to be involved in bringing the wonderful Sanditon back to screens across the UK, and want to thank the fans for keeping these characters alive while plans came together,” adds Will Harrison, BritBox UK MD.
The series producer is Rebecca Hedderly (‘Casualty’), the producer is Ian Hogan (‘Black Mirror’) and lead director is Charles Sturridge (‘Marcella’). Executive producers are Belinda Campbell for Red Planet Pictures, Susanne Simpson for MASTERPIECE and Chloe Tucker for ITV / BritBox.
‘Sanditon‘ is expected to begin filming Season 2 later this year in and around Bristol.
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