Sandition by Jane Austen

ITV TO TURN JANE AUSTEN’S LAST NOVEL INTO TV SERIES
Beside Victoria and upcoming Vanity Fair, British ITV and US Masterpiece are giving us a new 19th century series! Jane Austen’s last novel SANDITON written just a few months before her death will be turned into an eight-part drama.

It 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 to the would-be coastal resort SANDITON, it exposes Charlotte to the 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. Andrew Davies, the man who superficialized War and Peace at BBC, is adapting!
Andrew Davies, to me, is as good as Sandy Welsh and Julian Fellows.  Extraordinary writers, screenwriters.
Austen wrote Sanditon months before dying

 

It was commissioned by Masterpiece’s Rebecca Eaton and ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill. It is exec produced by Davies and Belinda Campbell and series produced by Georgina Lowe. It is expected to start filming in spring 2019 with BBC Studios selling globally.

Eaton said, “Jane Austen and Andrew Davies are a match made in Masterpiece heaven. We can’t wait to introduce our audience to this wise and wonderful drama.”

Hill said, “It’s a rich, romantic, family saga built upon the foundations Jane Austen laid. There is no one better to adapt her unfinished novel than Andrew who has an incredible track record for bold and original adaptations. We’re delighted to commission Sanditon from Belinda Campbell and her team at Red Planet Pictures.”

Davies added, “Jane Austen managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died – but what a fragment. Sanditon tells the story of the transformation of a sleepy fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, with a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, some dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress, and quite a bit of nude bathing. It’s been a privilege and a thrill for me to develop Sanditon into a TV drama for a modern audience.”

Bleak House 2005

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Title:
 Bleak House 2005
Rate:
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Era:
 Victorian
Genre
 Drama
Plot:
 A trio of orphans becomes embroiled in a mysterious and long-running lawsuit in this sprawling BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. A legend in the legal circles of Victorian London, the messy inheritance case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has been trickling through the courts for years with no end in sight. Nobleman John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson) has seen the case destroy more than one life, so when he becomes guardian to three young people — beautiful Ada Clare (Carey Mulligan), Ada’s cousin Richard Carstone (Patrick Kennedy), and her devoted companion, Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin) — he vows to shield them from its pernicious effects by bringing them to the safety of his estate, the eponymous Bleak House. Richard, however, becomes obsessed with the unattainable Jarndyce inheritance, to the detriment of his career and mental health. Esther, meanwhile, remains haunted by her origins; the product of a scandalous pregnancy, she was raised by her aunt and knows nothing about her dead mother’s identity. Meanwhile, imperious noblewoman Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) plots to hide the evidence of her own mysterious past — a quest that leads her to the intrigue surrounding Jarndyce and Jarndyce. She is but one of dozens of characters who find themselves drawn into the lawsuit’s web of corruption, blackmail, and murder. Bleak House debuted October 27, 2005, on BBC One. It received its U.S. premiere on January 22, 2006, on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, where the 15 British episodes were combined into six longer blocks. Britain’s Royal Television Society named the series Best Drama Serial of 2005. A previous adaptation of Dickens’ novel ran on Masterpiece Theatre in 1985.

Director:
 Justin Chadwick
Susanna White
Writer / Screenplay:
Andrew Davies
Major Cast:
 Denis Lawson
Anna Maxwell Martin
Patrick Kennedy
Carey Mulligan
Gillian Anderson
Charles Dance
Alun Armstrong
Timothy West
Burn Gorman
Harry Eden
Film Locations:
  • Balls Park, Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
    (interiors) (exterior: Boythorn’s house)
  • Bedfordshire, England, UK
  • Belton House, Belton, Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • Cobham Hall School, Cobham, Kent, England, UK
    (interiors: Chesney Wold hallway and staircase only) (Exterior: Chesney Wold) (Exteriors Mr Tulkinghorn’s office)
  • Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK
  • Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex, England, UK
    (Bleak House – exterior)
  • Kent, England, UK
  • London, England, UK
  • Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, England, UK
    (exteriors) (interiors: Krook’s shop/Snagsby’s shop)
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Vanity Fair 1998

Vanity Fair 1998

Title:
 Vanity Fair 1998     (TV mini 1998-1999)
Rate:
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Era:
Georgian  (Napoleonic Era)  1805
Genre
  TV Miniseries, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Drama
Plot:
By Daisy Miller: This version of Vanity Fair is from the 1998 A&E six-episode TV mini-series. Set in 19th century London, this is William Thackeray’s story of two very different women in English society. The main character is beautiful but devious, Becky Sharp, played impeccably by Natasha Little. This character seems very much like strong-willed and determined Scarlett OHara in “Gone With the Wind.” Becky’s best friend, subtly attractive and good-hearted Amelia Sedley, is the other lead. This character seems very much like sweet and trusting Melanie in “Gone With the Wind.” As these two women weave their lives into those of their friends and family, it becomes fascinating to watch Becky’s expert manipulations toward her own personal gains and Amelia’s wallowing in self-pity and remorse over her circumstances. Becky uses the emotions of others (mostly men) to get what she wants. When one idea falters, she is ready with another, never giving up hope of accumulating wealth and position. Amelia, on the other hand, is controlled by her own emotions. She is unable to rise above her station as she clings to erroneous romantic fantasies of love and loyalty. Superbly produced in every aspect and a grand film for period piece lovers if one can invest the time of nearly six hours of viewing.

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Director:
 Marc Munden
Writer / Screenplay:
 Andrew Davies | William Makepeace Thackeray
Major Cast:
  Natasha Little, Frances Grey, David Ross, Philip Glenister, Michele Dotrice, Janine Duvitski, Nathaniel Parker, Jeremy Swift, Tom Ward
Film Locations:
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
(German Bad Pumpernickel Hotel interiors)
Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Miserden, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Paris, France
Pittville Pump Room, Pittville Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, England, UK
(Lord Steyne’s house)
Rhine Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Stowe Landscape Gardens, Stowe School, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
(Hyde Park/other London parks)
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK
(Brighton scenes)
Town Hall, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
(ballroom scene)
Wales, UK
Warwickshire, England, UK
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Northanger Abbey 2007

Northanger Abbey 2007

Title:
 Northanger Abbey 2007
Rate:
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Era:
Georgian 1978
Genre
 Romance
Plot:
 Northanger Abbey was filmed in England and first telecast in the U.S. on December 2, 1987. This 90-minute adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1818 novel incorporates the author’s usual interconnecting themes of true love and acquisition of wealth, and tosses in a little Gothic mystery for good measure. Katherine Schlesinger stars as the 17-year-old heroine, who has been encouraged to seek out a suitably rich husband while on holiday in Bath. She finds the love of her life, and also more excitement than she ever dreamt possible. Veteran British movie personality Googie Withers is cast as a mercenary matron. Northanger Abbey was PBS’ second Masterpiece Theatre presentation of the 1987-88 season

Director:
 Jon Jones
Writer / Screenplay:
 Jane Austen, Andrew Davies
Major Cast:
 Felicity Jones, JJ Feild, Carey Mulligan, William Beck, Catherine Walker
Film Locations:
  • Ardbraccan House, County Meath, Ireland
    (Fullerton church and rectory)
  • Charleville Forest Castle, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
  • Dublin Castle, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
    (Beechen Cliff scenic walk)
  • Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
  • Higginsbrook, Trim, County Meath, Ireland
    (rectory at Fullerton)
  • King’s Inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
    (Bath)
  • Lismore Castle, Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland
    (Northanger Abbey)
Links:
 PBS [us]
 Gallery Full Film 1:32
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Daniel Deronda 2002

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Title:
 Daniel Deronda 2002
Rate:
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Era:
Victorian 1874
Genra:
British TV mini
Plot:
 Based on George Eliot’s novel about a love triangle gone awry, Daniel Deronda originally aired on television as part of the award-winning Masterpiece Theatre series. The illegitimate son of a wealthy British aristocrat, Daniel harbors a secretive past and a ready supply of cash. When he meets Gwendolyn, a beautiful woman in desperate need of money, things get complicated, as he’s already involved in a passionate relationship with a Jewish singer.

Director:
 Tom Hopper
Writer / Screenplay:
 Andrew Davis / George Eliot
Major Cast:
Hugh Dancy, Romola Garai, Hugh Bonneville, Barbara Hershey, Greta Scacchi, Amanda Root,
Film Locations:
  • Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK
    (Quentcham Hall)
  • Chilworth Manor, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
    (Offendene)
  • Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    (Jewish market scenes)
  • Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, England, UK
    (The Abbey)
  • Goldsmith’s Hall, London, England, UK
    (casino interiors)
  • Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK
    (Lydia Glasher’s home)
  • Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK
    (horseback riding and hunt scenes)
  • Isleworth, Middlesex, England, UK
  • London, England, UK
  • Malta
  • Somerset, England, UK
  • Surrey, England, UK
  • Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, England, UK
    (Henleigh Grandcourt’s estate interiors)
  • Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
    (casino exteriors)
  • West Wycombe Park, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
    (Henleigh Grandcourt’s estate)
  • Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, UK
    (Ryelands’ estate exteriors)
Links
 BBC UK
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Hugh Dancy as Daniel Deronda

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