Sanditon

Sanditon

DVD - 2020
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Tom Parker is obsessed with turning the sleepy seaside village of Sanditon into a fashionable health resort, enlisting the backing of local bigwig Lady Denham. Through a mishap, Tom makes the acquaintance of the Heywoods and invites their eldest daughter, Charlotte, for an extended stay at Sanditon. Meanwhile, Lady Denham, a widow, is playing matchmaker for her destitute nephew, Sir Edward, who is determined to seduce Lady Denham's ward, Clara.

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winston16
Nov 20, 2020

Saw it on PBS many months ago and enjoyed it even more this second time around. The series may not fit the JA canon as much as some Janites would wish, but the show has many charms. Like many others, I'm hoping against hope there is a second season because the cliffhanger (literally happening on a sea cliff) left much to be desired. There is a fan group that has been petitioning to get a second season green lighted but it's an uphill battle so far. Fingers crossed.

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wwww
Nov 15, 2020

We did not like this. Yes there are beautiful visuals, but many characters are unlikeable and unappealing. There is much scheming and duplicity. We found it a bit dark. Quite a disappointment.

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mliz84321
Nov 05, 2020

I really enjoyed this 8-episode mini-series! I absolutely love the England beach landscapes, costumes, actors and storylines. By the end, I wanted MORE!!! I’m sad to hear that for now there won’t be a season 2 but one can hope. I’m a huge fan of the PBS Masterpiece series (Poldark, Grantchester, Downton Abbey, Victoria) and this didn’t disappoint. If your a Jane Austen fan, do as I did and go into it not thinking it is. My favorite thing about Sanditon was the emotions throughout (so often humorous) and the variety of characters and personalities. I was drawn to Theo James and just couldn’t get enough!!
Tidbit: Did you know that Theo James wife plays a character (Eliza Campion) near the end of the series?

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vickmeister
Oct 12, 2020

Based on the unfinished work by Jane Austen, this lively series takes standard Austen archetypes and folds them into a world that has more of the cinematic soap opera feel of "Downton Abbey." In the beginning I kept catching myself thinking, "Jane Austen would have never had a character do that!" and then I found that once I let that go and just enjoyed it for what it was, I loved it. Young Charlotte Heywood is invited to join her new friends, the Parkers, down at the seaside in the new town of Sanditon that the enthusiastic Mr. Parker is pouring his heart and soul into developing. Here you will find typical Austen characters such as schemers and dreamers, the arrogant old woman and the comic couple, young women being pushed into matrimony, and of course the haughty young man who may or may not end up being Mr. Right. But they have a fresh new energy that may not be strictly Austen material but makes for great entertainment that kept me wanting more.

JCLPiepieB Oct 05, 2020

It's hard to review a television show that was not renewed for a second season and that (spoiler!) ends the way this one does. I really liked Kris Marshall in this. You'll recognize him from Love Actually, Death at a Funeral, and Death in Paradise. Marshall's character, Tom Parker, didn't make some of the best decisions sometimes, but I think at heart he was a really kind and good person who loved his wife, children, and siblings.

Characters I liked included Charlotte Heywood. I hadn't seen Rose Williams in anything prior to this, but I was really impressed with her performance. Hypochondriac siblings Arthur and Diana Parker -- especially Arthur -- provided fun, lightheartedness, and comic relief. I also really liked Lord Babington, and I loved Esther Denham's transformation. Another character worthy of watching was young James Stringer, one of Charlotte's love interests.

I actually wasn't a fan of Sidney Parker (played by Theo James). I would have liked to see James and Charlotte get together, but I'm not sure she really loved him as much as he loved her.

Sandition contains some very beautiful and picturesque scenes. The garden where Babington first proposes to Esther is gorgeous. I loved the boat race, the ball at the end of episode 6, and scenes filmed by the sea.

It's fun to imagine what the producers (and Jane Austen?) might have imagined for Sidney, Charlotte, Eliza Campion, and the rest of the characters. For now, that's all we have.

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FPL_Laura
Sep 27, 2020

Fans of Jane Austen rejoice! Created by Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice, Bridget Jones, Bleak House) this delightful mini series is based on Jane Austen's last unfinished novel. You will fall in love with the charming seaside resort of Sandition, the gorgeous scenery and costuming, the imperfect but lovable society, and the chemistry between the lead characters Charlotte and Sidney. While keeping the integrity of Austen's wit and adding a modern flair, this series will be one to watch over and over. In the end you'll be begging for more.

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jofalcon
Sep 06, 2020

I'd watched the first episode on PBS, missed the rest, and am delighted that you've added it to the collection (yes, I realize I'll have to wait.....). But would it not be only fair to mentions, in a field that would show up on search, that this is based on Jane Austen's final and unfinished novel? Many Janeites try to keep up with the derivative works, which are so many that a little help from the catalog would surely be welcome.

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mjwiggins
Aug 31, 2020

Compulsively watchable, but it suffers a bit from having a central relationship that, while interesting on its own, is simply far less interesting than almost everything else going on in the show. Having said that, I really enjoyed this adaptation. (Viewer beware - the series ends on a cliffhanger, and there are currently no plans for a second season.)

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janseaman
Jul 29, 2020

My husband and I enjoy Jane Austin. We very much enjoyed this rendition of her incomplete work--until the end. I don't think Davies did justice to the spirit of Jane Austin considering her other works. He did a marvelous job with Pride and Prejudice, but this one left us sour.

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dsw3914
Jun 30, 2020

A nice 8-episode series. It's about 80% light-hearted things and the rest has a little light drama. The acting and scenery were good and as a plus, there was very little if any profanity stuck in there for no reason other than to have it. It was kind of like a Hallmark movie set in 1800's England. We will for sure watch a season 2 if there is one.

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