Sanditon season 2 is finally here, with more romantic adventures for our heroine, Charlotte Heywood.
At one stage it was looking like the costume drama wouldn’t return, but then it was announced that the series would be getting another run. And now we have loads of information about the new series, including plot details and release dates in both the US and UK. And a trailer to enjoy.
The first series was accused of “sexing up” Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, but some of the cast defended the saucy content and it certainly proved popular with viewers!
MASTERPIECE in the US and BritBox in the UK have teamed up to make the second series.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new series, including who’s back and who’s not…
‘Sanditon’ season 2 release date
Sanditon season 2 will be released in the US on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
Meanwhile, Sanditon season 2 will premiere on Monday 21 March 2022 on BritBox in the UK. Check out our full list of BritBox shows. It will then be shown on ITV at a later stage. We will update this article with the ITV release date when it’s announced.
What’s the plot?
Well, there will be plenty of romance! “Fans who are craving romance and escape will find them in abundance in the new season of Sanditon, with its intriguing characters and captivating storylines,” teases MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Susanne Simpson.
Once again the story will revolve around Charlotte Heywood, who soon has two men as potential suitors. Meanwhile, Georgina “is 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?” Plus, the army’s arrival brings in the prospect of more possible romances.
We also know that Charlotte takes up the role of governess to Augusta Wilson (Eloise Webb), Alexander Colbourne’s ward and niece, who causes Charlotte plenty of trouble!
Plus, the makers tease: “Tom Parker (Kris 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.”
Is Theo James back as Sidney Parker?
No, Theo James isn’t back as Sidney Parker in series two. The first series largely revolved around whether Sidney and Charlotte would become an item. Alas, the opening series concluded with them admitting their feelings for each other, but Sidney having committed to marrying another woman.
Theo James released a statement saying: “Although I relished playing Sidney, for me, I’ve always maintained that his journey concluded as I wanted it to. The broken fairy-tale ending between Charlotte and Sidney is different, unique and so interesting to me and I wish the cast and crew of Sanditon every success with future series.”
#SanditonPBS will return w/ seasons 2 & 3 and continue Charlotte’s journey through life & love. While Sidney Parker will not return, rest assured that an abundance of romance & adventure lies ahead for the Sanditon heroine. We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store… 💕 pic.twitter.com/8ioma0RbwFMay 7, 2021
Who are the new characters in Sanditon Season 2?
Charlotte has two new potential partners. Alexander Colbourne (Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Industry), is a mysterious resident with a complex past, while starkly different is self-assured war hero Colonel Francis Lennox (Tom Weston-Jones, Grace).
Charlotte’s spirited younger sister, Alison, (Rosie Graham, Outlander) is also introduced and she quickly finds romance in the shape of charming Captain William Carter (Maxim Ays, Still So Awkward).
We also meet the courageous Captain Declan Fraser (Frank Blake, Normal People) and the flamboyant Charles Lockhart (Alexander Vlahos, Versailles), who plans to paint the fashionable residents.
Who’s in the cast?
The cast includes:
Rose Williams as Charlotte Heywood
Kris Marshall as Tom Parker
Anne Reid as Lady Denham
Crystal Clarke as Georgina Lambe
Kate Ashfield as Mary Parker
Jack Fox as Sir Edward Denham
Charlotte Spencer as Esther Denham
Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Alexander Colbourne
Tom Weston-Jones as Colonel Francis Lennox
Rosie Graham as Alison Heywood
Maxim Ays as Captain William Carter
Frank Blake as Captain Declan Fraser
Alexander Vlahos as Charles Lockhart
Is there a trailer?
A trailer has arrived and it looks just as gloriously sumptuous as the first series. “I’m exceedingly fond of Sanditon and its people in it,” declares Charlotte in the short clip. She adds, at the end: “Love is not as simple as you seem to think…”. Well it’s certainly not simple for poor Charlotte.