‘Sanditon’ petition for Season 2 reaches over 45,000 signatures

Tens of thousands of Sanditon fans have signed a petition demanding another season!

Based on Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel, the new period drama launched in the UK last autumn and the series concluded in the US in February on PBS.

However, ITV announced in January that they wouldn’t be renewing Sanditon and earlier this month PBS confirmed fans’ worst fears by revealing that “there are no plans for another season.”

An online petition on change.org called ‘Give us Sanditon series 2′ has now acquired more than 45,000 signatures as of Thursday 19th March.

Sanditon fan Isabel King, who set up the petition, wrote: “The finale of Sanditon (series 1) was unfair, unjust, and unsatisfying. It doesn’t end like a true Austen adaptation – it feels like it’s ended halfway through the series. Renew it for series 2, which the writing and production team obviously desires given the cliffhanger ending to series 1.”

The petition includes a number of requests:

“1. Give Charlotte and Sidney their happily ever after(s).

“2. Give us more Esther and Babington happy moments following their marriage.

“3. Edward’s character arch resolved and removed in a believable way.

“4. James Stringer (Young Stringer) deserves a happy ending and a good life, with someone who loves him.

“5. Miss Lambe deserves a happy and fully developed story arch in which she is central, rather than serving to develop another character’s story.

“6. Eliza is removed from Sidney’s life, or otherwise has her story arch resolved in a believable way (i.e. she marries a titled man, for the peerage).”

King also wrote: “Given the massively high rating achieved on IMDb and Google, and demonstrated through viewing figures, it makes economic and marketing sense to continue the show. Into a second series. Just to be clear.

“Furthermore, as ITV is a major, influential channel on British television it is their duty to listen to the voices of the many. We demand Sanditon series 2, and as the viewers we deserve a say in the spending of funds generated through our loyalty. We demand they spend these funds on Sanditon series 2.

“Please sign this petition to demonstrate your loyalty to Sanditon!”

ITV and PBS have yet to respond.

If you want to add your support to the petition, you can do so here.

The show’s writer Andrew Davies recently defended the controversial way he ended Season 1’s final episode, saying: “I don’t know if you could tell from watching it, but we were rather counting on getting a second series!”

Sanditon is available on DVD on Amazon.