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Sanditon on ITV: What happened in season one? A full recap ahead of season 2

If you need a recap of series 1 ahead of the new series of Sanditon this week, we summarise everything here...

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Sanditon returns to ITV this Friday for season 2, after releasing on BritBox earlier this year.

But what happened in series one of Sanditon?

Here’s our full recap ahead of the second series

What was Sanditon series 1 about?

The first series was inspired by Jane Austen’s final unfinished novel of the same name.

It took place in the fictional seaside town of Sanditon, in Sussex, a developing holiday destination in at the forefront of great social and economic change.

Entrepreneur Tom Parker took charge of developing the Regency seaside town.

But when he and his wife Mary were involved in a carriage accident, they were saved by the Heywood family.

In return for saving them, daughter Charlotte was invited to stay in the seaside idyll of Sanditon.

Charlotte quickly discovered that not everyone was not as they first appeared.

There was the direct but miserly Lady Denham, and the bitter fight between the numerous relatives hoping to inherit Lady Denham’s fortune.

Rose Williams as Charlotte Haywood on the beach in the first series of Sanditon
Rose Williams as Charlotte Haywood in the first series of Sanditon (Credit: ITV)

What was the love story in Sanditon?

Like all Jane Austen tales, there was a central love story.

Sanditon’s romance took place between Charlotte Haywood and Sidney Parker.

Sidney – played by Theo James – was the most handsome but also wildest of the Parker brothers.

He and Charlotte almost immediately clashed as she honestly shared her opinion of Sidney’s family – he was shocked by her openness and ignorance.

With rival suitors and undeniable chemistry between the two, the show questioned if Charlotte and Sidney could see past each other’s flaws.

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What else happened in Sanditon season 1?

Series one introduced an ensemble of great characters, based on those from Jane Austen’s novel.

A big storyline revolved around the arrival of Miss Georgiana Lambe, a mixed race heiress from Antigua who was under the aid of Sidney.

She was reluctant to fit into English society, and refused to marry and give up her fortune to a man.

Georgiana bonded with Charlotte, both independent outsiders from Sanditon.

The other big storyline centred on Lady Denham’s relatives, desperate to receive her inheritance.

Step-siblings Esther Denham and Edward Denham were a bit too close, but rivals for Lady Denham’s fortune.

Edward abandoned Esther for Clara Brereton, who teamed up with Edward to burn Lady Denham’s will.

Esther triumphed by marrying the loving Lord Babbington, who courted Esther much to her indifference.

She became the sole air of the Denham fortune due to her marriage.

Georgiana Lambe (Left) and Charlotte Haywood (Right) pose on the beach in Sanditon
Georgiana Lambe and Charlotte Haywood became friends in series one (Credit: ITV)

How did Sanditon series 1 end?

Near the end of Sanditon series one, Sidney Parker finally confessed his feelings for heroine Charlotte Heywood.

However, when an uninsured building belonging to Sidney’s brother Tom Parker burnt to the ground, Sidney made the difficult decision to wed wealthy heiress Eliza Campion instead of Charlotte.

He chose Eliza for the financial good of the Parker family and of Sanditon, in which Tom was invested.

Charlotte and Sidney shared one last passionate kiss before parting.

We last saw a heartbroken and teary Charlotte in a carriage on her way home to her family, leaving Sanditon and her friends there behind.

With such a cliffhanger ending, it’s hardly surprising that fans were gutted when Sanditon was cancelled by ITV after the first season.

Luckily, BritBox saved the show, renewing it for not only one series but two.

Charlotte Haywood (Rosie Williams) and Sidney Parker (Theo James) share a stroll on the beach in Sanditon
Sidney admitted his love for Charlotte at the end of series one (Credit: ITV)

Will Theo James return in series two of Sanditon?

No, unfortunately Theo James will not return for the second series of Sanditon.

The actor shared the following statement when BritBox announced the new season.

“Although I relished playing Sidney, I’ve always maintained that his journey concluded as I wanted it to,” he said.

“The broken fairytale-like ending between Charlotte and Sidney is different, unique and so interesting to me.

“I wish the cast and crew of Sanditon every success with future series.”

Some questioned whether Theo James would be re-cast but the Sanditon writers chose to introduce a new love interest for Charlotte instead.

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What is Sanditon series two about?

The new series will pick up the action nine months later, as the town is growing in popularity, featuring characters familiar and new.

Series two sees heroine Charlotte Heywood returning to the picturesque coastal resort.

Determined to not marry, she takes up the role of governess to the wards of Alexander Colbourne.

Charlotte is joined by her younger sister, Alison Heywood, who comes to Sanditon to pursue her own romantic dream.

In her last summer season before turning 21, Georgiana Lambe is keen to forge her own identity and gets up to mischief in the name of love. But could she risk her fortune in finding romance?

Tom Parker 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.

Plus, the second series promises new romances, friendships, and challenges for the residents as the Army make Sanditon their new base, led by the charming Colonel Lennox who catches the eye of Charlotte.

Sanditon returns to ITV this Friday July 22 at 9pm.

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