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First look images for second series of Sanditon

First look images for second series of Sanditon fro Red Planet Pictures

Exclusive glimpse of returning and new cast including Rose Williams and Kris Marshall 

Wednesday 20 October 2021: Here’s a glimpse at the drama that’s bringing Regency England back to  life as the second series of Sanditon continues filming in Bristol. Red Planet Pictures release a set of  first look images from the Jane Austen inspired drama, which sees heroine Charlotte Heywood (Rose  Williams) return to the picturesque coastal resort.  

Sanditon, the acclaimed drama based on Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel and developed by  Emmy®- and BAFTA-winning writer Andrew Davies, left fans in suspense and clamouring for more with the first season’s heart-breaking finale. The new series picks up the action nine months later, as the  town grows in popularity, and features characters familiar and new. 

The images include Charlotte (Rose Williams) taking up the role of governess to Augusta Wilson (Eloise  Webb), Alexander Colbourne’s ward and niece, who at the age of 17 pushes against authority and  soon gives Charlotte a run for her money. Charlotte’s spirited younger sister, Alison Heywood (Rosie  Graham) comes to Sanditon to pursue her own romantic dream, and joined by The Parkers, the second  series promises new romances, friendships and challenges for the residents as the Army make  Sanditon their new base. 

The Parkers are back, as Tom Parker (Kris Marshall) strives to rebuild Sanditon. But there are many  unforeseen issues awaiting him, while the secrets and lies of the dysfunctional Denhams continue to  rock the foundations of the sunny seaside town. And, in her last summer season before turning 21, Georgiana Lambe (Crystal Clarke), keen to forge her own identity, gets up to mischief in the name of  love…but will she run the risk of being lonelier than ever before? 

Sanditon has been renewed for Seasons Two and Three following its successful run in the US on  MASTERPIECE on PBS. Sanditon Season 2 will premiere on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 9/8c on  MASTERPIECE on PBS. 

BritBox UK has boarded the show as a co-producer and will premiere the series as a BritBox Original  in the UK. The two new seasons of Sanditon have been acquired by ITV, which originally launched the  first series in 2019, and will air on the channel following the premiere window on BritBox UK. Justin 

Young (Death in Paradise, Ripper Street), who wrote four episodes of the first season of Sanditon, has developed the new series and takes the role of lead writer and executive producer. Davies, who  originally created the drama, also returns to write and executive produce. Colin Bytheway, Janice Okoh, Ellen Taylor and Robin French also write for the series. 

BBC Studios are the international distributors of all three series; and have sold series one of Sanditon to176 countries across the globe since its 2019 UK premiere on ITV. PBS Distribution is the distributor  of all three seasons in the US and Canada. The series producer is Rebecca Hedderly (Casualty), the  producers are Ian Hogan (Black Mirror) and Amy Rodriguez (Harlots) and lead director is Charles  Sturridge (Marcella), with Ethosheia Hylton (Ackley Bridge) directing episodes 4,5 and 6. Executive  producers are Belinda Campbell and Tim Key for Red Planet Pictures, Susanne Simpson for  MASTERPIECE and Chloe Tucker for ITV/BritBox UK.  

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About Red Planet Pictures 

Red Planet Pictures creates ambitious and engaging drama. Run by Joint Managing Directors, Belinda  Campbell and Alex Jones, Red Planet Pictures is an independent production company which has built  a reputation for making dramas with high-quality storytelling which are loved by audiences across the  globe.  

Red Planet Pictures has produced some of the UK’s most successful dramas of recent years, including  BBC One ratings hit Death in Paradise—which this year celebrated a decade on screen with the  broadcast of the tenth series (at the start of 2021 regularly gaining weekly audiences of over 8 million  and over 33% share) and two further series commissioned and - SANDITON, an epic adaptation of the  unfinished Jane Austen novel by Emmy and BAFTA-Award winning writer Andrew Davies for ITV and  MASTERPIECE, which has been renewed for two further series by MASTERPIECE and BritBox UK, and  films across the summer. 

The indie, which was founded by award-winning showrunner and Executive Chairman Tony Jordan in  2006, also produced the innovative, ambitious and critically acclaimed 20-part drama Dickensian and  flagship World War I drama The Passing Bells for BBC One as well as the big-budget action adventure  series Hooten & The Lady for Sky One. In June 2021, multinational content creator and producer  Asacha Media Group acquired a controlling stake in Red Planet Pictures, in a deal that will further the  ambitions of both companies to produce high-end, popular drama that resonates on a global stage. 

This year sees Red Planet Pictures broaden their slate still further with the devastating thriller Our House, based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Louise Candlish and adapted by Simon  Ashdown for ITV, currently in production. 

For more information, visit: redplanetpictures.co.uk 

About MASTERPIECE 

Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys® and 18 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been  essential Sunday-night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Susanne Simpson is the executive  producer and Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer-at-large for the series. Funding for  MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Raymond James with additional support from public television  viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, MASTERPIECE  is known for hits such as All Creatures Great and Small, Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and for  beloved classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark. 

About BritBox UK 

BritBox is a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV. The service brings the very  best in past, present and future British programming and award-winning content to viewers all in one  place for £5.99 per month in HD. British TV boxsets from All 4 and British films from Film 4 are also  available. The service includes high quality factual and entertainment content from Channel 5 plus  original British comedies from Comedy Central UK. BritBox features the biggest collection of British  content available on any streaming service, and brand new commissions for British production  companies specifically created for BritBox. BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that will  enable viewers to easily find programmes they know and discover new favourites via web, mobile,  tablet, connected TVs and streaming devices including Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Freesat & Chromecast.  Content on BritBox can be downloaded and viewed offline where rights allow. 

About ITV 

ITV entertains millions of people and shapes culture. We are a leading media and entertainment  company, with the largest free-to-air commercial television network in the UK and a global production  and distribution business, with over 55 labels. Creativity, quality content and engaging audiences in the UK and around the world, is at the core of everything we do. 

We reach over 40 million viewers every week with our programmes on ITV's family of channels, as  well as the ITV Hub, which has over 34 million registered users. 

ITV Studios produced 8,400 hours of original programming last year. Our global footprint spans 13  countries including the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, The Nordics, Italy and the Netherlands and  our global distribution business sells our catalogue of 45,000+ hours to more than 300 broadcasters  and platforms. 

ITV has several SVOD services, including BritBox UK, BritBox International which is available in the US,  Canada and Australia, and ITV Hub+ (the ad-free version of the ITV Hub with download functionality). 

About BBC Studios 

BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial  subsidiary of the BBC Group, supporting the licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.  Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content  financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own  productions, and programmes and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning  British programmes made by the business are internationally recognised across a broad range of  genres and specialisms, with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear,  Doctor Who and Bluey.

BBC Studios has offices in over 20 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further seven countries around the world.  The company, which ordinarily makes around 2000 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third  parties including Apple, Netflix and Migu, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is  also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships,  content investment and international distribution for programme titles.