Series 1 - Episode 1



… or Sandybum, you’ll see why. (Remember, I thought of it first.) You won’t be surprised to learn that Andrew Davies has adapted Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel as a sexy romp – there will doubtless be pearl-clutching pre-broadcast publicity about some scenes.

But don’t get the vapours: there might be handsome chaps striding around in tight leather breeches and a bit of whey-hey in the shrubbery, but this is still your basic Austen – an innocent young woman of no means taken up by her betters and thrown head-first into society, with all its excitement and snobbery.

The naif is the slightly vapid Charlotte (Rose Williams), who’s taken to the thrilling seaside new town of Sanditon by its developer Tom Parker (Kris Marshall) when she helps him after an accident. There she meets a dizzying array of characters, including a damaged hunk.


A chance accident brings Charlotte Heywood to Sanditon, a seaside resort on the cusp of dramatic change. Spirited and unconventional, Charlotte is initially keen to experience everything the town has to offer, but is then shocked by its scheming and ambitious inhabitants, and intrigued by the secrets they share. Drama adapted from the unfinished novel by Jane Austen, starring Rose Williams, Theo James, Anne Reid, Kris Marshall and Kate Ashfield.

Cast & Crew

Charlotte Heywood Rose Williams
Sidney Parker Theo James
Lady Denham Anne Reid
Tom Parker Kris Marshall
Mary Parker Kate Ashfield
Sir Edward Denham Jack Fox
Esther Denham Charlotte Spencer
Miss Lambe Crystal Clarke
Clara Brereton Lily Sacofsky
Arthur Parker Turlough Convery
Diana Parker Alexandra Roach
Lord Babington Mark Stanley
Mr Crowe Matthew Needham
Mrs Griffiths Elizabeth Berrington
Julia Beaufort Kayleigh-Paige Rees
Phillida Beaufort Mollie Holder
Mr Heywood Adrian Rawlins
Mrs Heywood Sarah Belcher
Alison Heywood Tessa Stephens
Director Olly Blackburn
Executive Producer Belinda Campbell
Executive Producer Andrew Davies
Producer Georgina Lowe
Writer Andrew Davies
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