We finally have a first look and release date for Sanditon’s surprise second season

We finally have a first look and release date for Sanditon’s surprise second season

Following its cancellation in 2019, Jane Austen’s Sanditon will return to ITV for two more surprise seasons, and there are a handful of intriguing new characters for fans to meet judging by the drama’s first look imagery.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Sanditon would be returning for a second and a third season. It came as surprising but welcome news to fans, who were disappointed when the ITV series was cancelled in 2019 after the first season. 

Based on Jane Austen’s incomplete manuscript of the same name, Sanditon tells the tale of Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams), an unconventional heroine who moves away from her countryside hometown to a seaside resort. The second season will see the return of heroine Charlotte, alongside a host of new faces who will surely make their mark on the sleepy seaside setting. 

Now, we finally have a first look at some of the cast of season two and an official release date. That’s right, Sanditon will be returning to our screens via BritBox on 21 March 2022.

Captain William Carter (Maxim Ays), Colonel Francis Lennox (Tom Weston-Jones) and Captain Declan Fraser (Frank Blake) will all appear in Sanditon season two.

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Due to the unfinished nature of the novel (Austen completed only 11 chapters), director and screenwriter Andrew Davies was forced to develop the characters and complete the story. And that story will continue in the new seasons…

It’s just been announced that the new series will pick up the action nine months after the season one finale, and it will feature characters familiar and new.

War & Peace star Ben Lloyd-Hughes will be one of the new faces joining the cast of Sanditon season two.

What will happen in Sanditon season 2?

Charlotte returns to the beautiful seaside resort of Sanditon and soon attracts the attention of two new men. 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?

The Parkers are back, as Tom (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.

The army arrives to make Sanditon their new base and bring with them potential new romances, friendships and challenges for the residents.

Versailles star Alexander Vlahos will play Charles Lockhart in Sanditon season two.

What new characters are joining Sanditon season 2?

New characters this season include Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Industry), a mysterious resident with a complex family history, who is in stark contrast to self-assured war hero Colonel Francis Lennox (Tom Weston-Jones, Grace), his rival for Charlotte’s affections.

We also meet Charlotte’s spirited younger sister, Alison Heywood (Rosie Graham, Outlander), who comes to Sanditon to pursue her own romantic dream. Alison is soon acquainted with the handsome and charming Captain William Carter (Maxim Ays, Still So Awkward). 

Sanditon is returning for a second season with familiar and new characters.

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Other intriguing newcomers include Captain Declan Fraser (Frank Blake, Normal People), a courageous character (if a little rough around the edges), and the striking and flamboyant Charles Lockhart (Alexander Vlahos, Versailles), a Byronic artist who arrives to paint portraits of Sanditon’s fashionable and wealthy residents.

When will Sanditon season 2 be released?

Sanditon season two will be joining the roster of new year TV we can’t wait to get stuck into. The new series will be available to stream on BritBox on Monday 21 March 2022.

Sanditon will be available to stream on BritBox from 21 March 2022.

Images: ITV/Red Planet Pictures

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