I can’t say I was excited with the TV version of Sanditon. It borrowed so much episodes and little incidents from Jane Austen’s novels, there was not much creativeness. One example is in the final episode, where Sidney decides to marry Eliza. As the name suggests this character borrows so much from Eliza Williams in Sesnse and Sensibility. If Davies goes that far, he might as well get Eliza to ditch Sidney and decide to marry someone else, thereby freeing Sidney from marrying her for the sake of obtaining money to help his brother Tom. (I smell a second series. Why else would one leave the hero and heroine unmarried at the end of the series?)
I also had problem with Lady Denham being too avaricious, and her unaccountable rude attitudes to people including Miss Lamb, and overly sexual scenes involving Lord Denham and his sister, etc., etc. Sidney shouting at Charlotte Heywood in the street is just unthinkable! No gentleman would do that. It reminded me of Elizabeth Bennet saying to Mr. Darcy, “Had you behaved in a more gentlemanly manner.”
I think Andrew Davies should stay with TV realization of Jane Austen novels, not trying to create a story a la Jane Austen.
by A Jane Austen Fan
I too can’t understand all the hype about it. I didn’t like it at all. It was slow and boring for the most part. Like you the end of episode 7 and the beginning of episode 8 were the only parts I enjoyed. Sidney was obnoxious for the most part and I couldn’t take to him at all. Was thoroughly disappointed and I’m not looking for another series. I agree with everything you say here.
Jane Austen wrote that her romantic stories started well with a little trouble in the middle & a very good ending
I didn’t see any of this in Sanditon the only good ending was Esther’s which I did like
Right at the start of the series I read an interview with Anne Reid in which she referred to the possibility of a second series, so clearly Davies is hoping to continue clinging to Jane Austen’s petticoats. She would certainly not have allowed the old curmudgeon Stringer to ruin the hopes of the hero, heroine and his own son.
Very much hope for a second series of Sanditon in which Charlotte sees the light and marries Mr Stringer, by far the better man !
Am I really the only person who hated this series? The only episode I liked was Episode 7 and Episode 8 left me fuming! I kept watching in the hope it would get better. It never did.
Frankly the comment in the Guardian on Monday about summed it up for me. When asked what the writer thought Jane Austen would have said about this series they said “she would have turned over to Peaky Blinders after Episode 1!” Only wish I had done that. Poor Jane must be spinning in her grave!
As far as I can see there were only three good things about Sanditon – the setting – glorious Somerset; the costumes which were lovely and Anne Reid as Lady Denham.
I am returning with all haste to my beloved copy of Sanditon by Jane Austen and ‘Another Lady’ – far truer to Jane Austen than Andrew Davies’ ghastly imaginings!
I was waiting for Charlotte to come to her senses and marry Mr. Parker! He’s so much prettier and kinder than that Sidney bore. Please let that be the Christmas special denouement.