‘Sanditon’: New Cast Announced For Season 2 Of Jane Austen Drama

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22 Jul 21

‘Sanditon’: Top: Alexander Vlahos, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Frank Blake. Bottom: Maxim Ays, Rosie Graham, Tom Weston-Jones

Cameras have begun to roll on the surprise return of Sanditon for a 2nd (and 3rd!) Season, after Masterpiece PBS, BritBox UK and ITV struck a deal with Red Planet Pictures to bring back the Jane Austen drama for at least two more seasons back in May. The 2nd Season will see a wave of new inhabitants join heroine Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) for her return to the picturesque coastal resort.

The acclaimed drama based on Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel, developed by Emmy- and BAFTA-winning writer Andrew Davies, left fans in suspense and clamouring for more with the first season’s heartbreaking finale. The new series will pick up the action nine months later, as the town is growing in popularity, and will feature characters familiar and new.

Charlotte returns to the beautiful seaside resort and soon attracts the attention of not one, but two new men. And, in her last summer season before turning 21, Georgiana Lambe (Crystal Clarke), keen to forge her own identity, gets up to mischief in the name of love…but will she run the risk of being lonelier than ever before?

The Parkers are back, as Tom (Marshall) strives to rebuild Sanditon. But there are many unforeseen issues awaiting him, while the secrets and lies of the dysfunctional Denhams continue to rock the foundations of the sunny seaside town.

The Army arrives to make Sanditon their new base and with them bring potential new romances, friendships and challenges for the residents.

New characters this season include Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, ‘Industry’), a mysterious resident with a complex family history, who is in stark contrast to self-assured war hero Colonel Francis Lennox (Tom Weston-Jones, ‘Grace’), his rival for Charlotte’s affections.

We also meet Charlotte’s spirited younger sister, Alison Heywood (Rosie Graham, ‘Outlander’), who comes to Sanditon to pursue her own romantic dream. Alison is soon acquainted with the handsome and charming Captain William Carter (Maxim Ays, ‘Still So Awkward’). Other intriguing newcomers include Captain Declan Fraser (Frank Blake, ‘Normal People’), a courageous character (if a little rough around the edges), and the striking and flamboyant Charles Lockhart (Alexander Vlahos, ‘Versailles’), a Byronic artist who arrives to paint portraits of Sanditon’s fashionable and wealthy residents.

“It’s a joy to be returning to the sunshiny shores of Sanditon in the company of such an incredible cast – including some very exciting new faces,” commented Belinda Campbell, executive producer and joint Managing Director of Red Planet Pictures, says. “Writer/Executive Producer Justin Young has plenty of fabulous adventures in store for all our characters. I can’t wait to see them come to life on screen.”

‘Sanditon’ was originally cancelled by ITV, after they couldn’t justify the expense of another season based on the viewing figures. However, following its successful run in the US on PBS Masterpiece, the US network stepped in to partner on the show, alongside BritBox UK and ITV. The drama will now premiere first in the UK on BritBox UK, then air on ITV afterwards. PBS Masterpiece will continue to air the series in the USA.

“Fans who are craving romance and escape will find them in abundance in the new season of Sanditon, with its intriguing characters and captivating storylines,” adds Masterpiece Executive Producer Susanne Simpson. “Our partners at Red Planet Pictures have done a brilliant job capturing the magic that won viewers’ hearts in Season One.”

Justin Young (‘Death in Paradise’, ‘Ripper Street’), who wrote four episodes of the first season of Sanditon, has developed the new season and takes the role of lead writer and executive producer. Andrew Davies, who originally created the drama, also returns to write and executive produce. Colin Bytheway, Janice Okoh, Ellen Taylor and Robin French also write for the series.

BBC Studios are the international distributors of all three seasons and have sold season one of the drama to 176 countries across the globe since its 2019 UK premiere on ITV. PBS Distribution is the distributor of all three seasons in the US and Canada. The series producer is Rebecca Hedderly (‘Casualty’), the producers are Ian Hogan (‘Black Mirror’) and Amy Rodriguez (‘Harlots’). Lead director is Charles Sturridge (‘Marcella’), with Ethosheia Hylton (‘Ackley Bridge’) directing episodes 4,5 and 6. Executive producers are Belinda Campbell and Tim Key for Red Planet Pictures, Susanne Simpson for MASTERPIECE and Chloe Tucker for ITV/BritBox UK.

Sanditon‘ Season 2 will premiere on BritBox UK first, then come to ITV after that premiere window. Masterpiece On PBS air the drama in the USA. We don’t yet know exactly when the series will be broadcast, but if you want to keep track of this or any other shows, you can add them via our Never Miss system, and you’ll be notified when they get a UK premiere date.