Broadcast date for Jane Austen classic filmed in Clevedon revealed

PUBLISHED: 10:55 16 August 2019 | UPDATED: 12:55 16 August 2019

Sanditon was partly filmed in Weston. Picture: Simon Ridgway

Sanditon was partly filmed in Weston. Picture: Simon Ridgway

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A Jane Austen classic will be broadcast next week and viewers will be able to spot some familiar scenery with large amounts of the programme shot in North Somerset.

Sanditon was partly filmed in Weston. Picture: Simon RidgwaySanditon was partly filmed in Weston. Picture: Simon Ridgway

Crews descended on Clevedon in the spring to film Sanditon.

The series, which will feature eight episodes, will begin on ITV1 on August 25.

A range of well-known actors are set to appear in the series, including Rose Williams (Curfew, Changeland), Theo James (The Divergent Series, Downton Abbey), Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax, Hold the Sunset,) and Kris Marshall (My Family, Love Actually).

Clevedon is no stranger to appearing on the nation's screens, with the hit ITV show Broadchurch shot at locations around the town. Actors David Tennant and Olivia Colman were widely praised for their performances in the detective show.

Sanditon was partly filmed in Weston. Picture: Simon RidgwaySanditon was partly filmed in Weston. Picture: Simon Ridgway

Sanditon was written only months before Austen's death in 1817 and tells the story of the impulsive Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with charming Sidney Parker.

An accident forces Heywood to leave her life in Willingden behind as she goes to live in the coastal resort of Sanditon.

The life-changing move has a profound effect on her and her efforts to ultimately find love.

Ms Williams said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be playing Charlotte Heywood.

"This role is such a blessing. She's a brilliant character - modern, headstrong, with heart and a voice."

Production company Red Planet felt North Somerset's coastline was the perfect setting for the series, with areas around Clevedon and Weston set to feature prominently.

Caritas Charles, North Somerset Council's executive member for tourism, said: "We have a great reputation for film-friendliness here in North Somerset, and I am delighted that we have been able to work with the production company to bring Jane Austen to North Somerset.

"Film tourism is great for our area as it showcases our rich natural and architectural assets in front of a huge audience and attracts people to visit filming locations.

"This is of significant benefit to the visitor economy. We also encourage film crews to use local businesses and support our economy while filming here."

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