Jane Austen's final novel Sanditon has been adapted for new ITV series

Jane Austen’s abandoned final novel, Sanditon, has been adapted for a brand new series.

The eight-part drama, which will be shown on ITV this autumn, has been created by BAFTA-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies, whose previous credits include War and Peace and Les Miserables.

The series is based upon the intended final novel by the late author, who abandoned work on it just months before her death due to ill health. Despite not finishing the novel, it was still published in 1925.

It focuses on Charlotte Heywood, an unconventional woman, and her relationship with love interest Sidney Parker, after she moves away from her hometown of Willingden, to the fishing village of Sanditon.

Sanditon is striving to become a seaside resort, with the residents of the village relying on Sanditon’s commercial success to boost their fortunes.

The drama will be a look into a 19th century story of love and self-discovery, and there is expected to be plenty of twists and turns along the way, taking viewers across the West Indies, to the rotting streets of London.

Rose Williams will star as Charlotte Heywood, and Theo James is set to appear as Sidney Parker.

Other cast members include Anne Reid (Lady Denham), Kris Marshall (Tom Parker) and Kate Ashfield (Mary Parker).

This is the first major television adaption based upon the incomplete novel.

And although Jane only managed to write 11 chapters, this has been stretched out to eight hour-long episodes.

The series has been filmed in Bristol, with many scenes also shot at Brean Beach in Somerset.

So far, ITV have not yet released a trailer for the series, or even confirmed a start date, although plenty of pictures of the cast have appeared online.

Either way, this series looks like one not to miss.

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