Inspired by Jane Austen’s unfinished final novel, Sanditon is a compelling depiction of a developing Regency seaside town at the forefront of the great social and economic changes of the age. When a carriage accident introduces the young Charlotte Heywood to the Parker family, she embarks on a journey from the only home she has ever known to the seaside idyll of Sanditon. Carried along by the enthusiasm of entrepreneur Tom Parker for the development of the once small fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, Charlotte quickly finds herself at the heart of a diverse and unexpected community.

From the direct but miserly Lady Denham, on whose fortune the Sanditon project relies, to the bitter fight between the numerous relatives hoping to inherit Lady Denham’s money, Charlotte quickly discovers that not everyone is as they first appear. With the arrival of a wealthy mixed race heiress, and a succession of hypochondriacs seeking saltwater ‘cures’ flooding in, Charlotte must learn for the first time to navigate the complex social structures evident in the town.

In the first episode of this 8 part series A coach accident introduces Charlotte Heywood to Tom and Mary Parker, she quickly seizes the opportunity to throw herself into the adventure she has craved all her life by agreeing to return with them to the developing seaside resort of Sanditon.

However, young and naïve Charlotte soon has her father’s warnings ringing in her ears when she discovers that the inhabitants of the town behave in curious and unpredictable ways that she could never have imagined.

Tom Parker eagerly anticipates the arrival of his brother Sidney to Sanditon, hoping that his fashionable friends represent the start of a steady stream of new visitors for his growing seaside resort. But to Tom’s shock, Sidney also brings a staggeringly wealthy mixed-race heiress called Miss Lambe to the town.

Sanditon begins on ITV on Sunday 25th August