Sanditon, Season One

Season One only, sorry! I have removed the word “spoilers” from the title of this post because I think it’s getting a lot of traffic from people looking for spoilers of the episodes currently being run on PBS.

Rose Willliams as Charlotte Heywood in Sanditon from Masterpiece Theater

Copyright 2022 (text only) by Alan Carl Nicoll
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{3/20/22}

Spoiler Alert!  In this entry I talk about the Masterpiece Theater production of Jane Austen’s Sanditon, [season one only] and give away the surprising ending.

Well!  “Sanditon” is a seaside town that Tom Parker labors mightily to establish as a fashionable resort for hypochondriacs and rich a**holes.  Sanditon turns out to be a melodramatic downer:  the guy and girl do not end up together.  That quibble aside, the six hours are consistently entertaining, and then some:  the supporting characters have rather surprising and moving character arcs of their own, most notably the über-bitchy Esther Denham (brilliantly played by Charlotte Spencer), but also Arthur Parker (by Turlough Convery), who doesn’t so much have an “arc” as a “gradual revelation.”  Now, here are some photos of Rose Williams (pictures of my TV screen) in the role of Charlotte Heywood, simply because I can’t get enough of her face, then more comments:

Weird Bustline, Nice Set
A Radiant Moment with Miss Lambe (Crystal Clarke)
Love’s First Kiss (with Theo James as Sidney Parker)
The Sad Final Shot

Charlotte Heywood is a typical and atypical Austen heroine:  unconventional, opinionated, outspoken, she also is shown in the first scene of the six hours, sighting down the barrel of a long gun (shotgun would be appropriate for the rabbit she’s aiming at) while men stand in the background.  She pretty much runs wild throughout the script, disappointing everyone in sight while winning the heart of the treacherous Sidney, who abandons her at the end in order to “save Sanditon” (and his brother Tom).  Fie on the script from Andrew Davies for robbing me of the warm and comforting happy ending that I had anticipated.  Well, there it is, a bittersweet, spoiled fantasy. I’ll be sulking all day over this. Or not.

Copyright 2022 (text only) by Alan Carl Nicoll
All Rights Reserved

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