When does ITV’s new Jane Austen mini-series ‘Sanditon’ start?

ITV has confirmed the premiere date for Sanditon.

Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel was written only months before the author’s death in 1817.

Her original 11-chapter Sanditon manuscript has now been brought to life in eight one-hour episodes by Emmy and BAFTA-Award winning screenwriter Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, Les Misérables).

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 first episode will air at 9pm on Sunday 25th August on ITV, going up against the fifth season of Peaky Blinders on BBC One.

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.”

Watch the trailer:

Sanditon will air on PBS in the USA next year.

Jane Austen’s Sanditon book is available on Amazon.