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Jane Austens Last Novel Is Headed to PBS to Sate Your Period-Piece Cravings
Red Planet Pictures / ITV 2019, Photographer: Simon Ridgway.

Another day, another period piece to binge-watch on PBS. This time, it's a miniseries adaptation of Sanditon, Jane Austen's final, unfinished novel. 

Per PBS, "Written only months before Austen’s death in 1817, 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. "After an accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to Sanditon, an up-and-coming coastal resort, "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." From the West Indies to London, the story follows Charlotte's search for love and self-discovery and the hidden agendas of those she comes across.

Screenwriter Andrew Davies (House of Cards, Bridget Jones's Diary) will adapt the text. In case his more recent projects aren't impressive enough, he's already proven himself to be adept at handling Austen's words. He's responsible for the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.

While Austen only wrote 11 chapters of the novel, the series will have eight, hour-long episodes. Sanditon will star Rose Williams, Theo James, Kris Marshall and more, and will premiere on PBS sometime in 2020.

We don't know about you, but we're going to brush up on the source text first. 

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