Watch first trailer for new TV adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Sanditon’

Sanditon is coming soon to ITV and the first trailer has been unveiled.

Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel has been adapted by Mr Selfridge creator Andrew Davies.

The Emmy and BAFTA-Award winning screenwriter has previously adapted War & PeacePride & Prejudice and the BBC’s recent version of Les Misérables.

Sanditon was written only months before Austen’s death in 1817 and her original 11-chapter manuscript will be brought to life in eight one-hour episodes.

Watch the trailer:

The all-star cast includes Rose Williams (Curfew), Theo James (Downton Abbey), Kris Marshall (Death in Paradise) and Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax).

The official synopsis reads: “Sanditon tells the story of the joyously impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming (and slightly wild!) Sidney Parker.

“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.”

Executive producer Belinda Campbell previously commented: “Andrew Davies’ compelling scripts bear all the hallmarks of the biting social commentary and realism that makes Jane Austen one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

Sanditon’s themes of class divide, ambition, power play and matters of the heart are as relevant today as they were in the early 19th century and we can’t wait to bring this incredible adaptation to life for ITV audiences to enjoy.”

Sanditon begins on ITV in the UK this summer and will air on PBS in the USA next year.

Jane Austen’s Sanditon book is available on Amazon.