Riding breeches are bothered! Nearly 25 years ago, Colin Firth had pulses galloping when he emerged from a lake in Pride And Prejudice, his shirt and trousers clinging wet.
How tame that now seems. The men of Sanditon were completely naked as they rushed to the waterfront for a dose of "sea bathing."
Sozzled Arthur (Turlough Convery) was in such a hurry to tear his clothes off that he jumped over the sand with one leg in the air and wrestled his long underpants. And to judge by the teasers that were broadcast before the eight-part series started, we have not seen everything yet. So to speak.
The little known last novel by Jane Austen, set in the imaginary resort of Sanditon and following the adventures of young Charlotte Heywood, was not completed at her death at the age of only 41 in 1817. This adaptation is, just like the earlier one P&P, the work of Andrew Davies.
Apart from sex, Sanditon was an absolute pleasure. The show is based on the lesser-known Austen's latest novel and follows the adventures of the young Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams depicted as the second from the left)
Notorious for & # 39; making sex & # 39; of classical literature for TV, Randy Andy leaves even less to the imagination than in the nineties.
Miss Austen only made the most oblique allusions to indecent matters. Two centuries later, ITV is so focused on showing us the action that makes her work practically pornographic.
When heroine Charlotte with big eyes Charlotte (Rose Williams) met her friend Clara in the forest with ugly Lord Edward (Lily Sacofsky and Jack Fox), the couple certainly did not have a picnic with a teddy bear. Clara later tried to explain that she was obliged to do something bad to prevent something worse, but not even Charlotte was fooled. We all saw what you were planning, Clara. From different angles.
The problem with all this is not that it is unfaithful to Jane Austen's imagination, or even that the cruelty of Regency Love Island is a betrayal of telling her stories. It is that in the future, everything less than X-class will seem reluctant. Scenes not only of nude but of full sex are now normal, no matter how innocent the source material is.
Still, apart from sex, Sanditon was an absolute delight, with beautiful characters and bad intrigues.
Anne Reid had the time of her life as Lady Denham, the wealthy widow who surrounded herself with greedy young family members hoping for part of her fortune. In exchange for a vague hope that she would be mentioned in her will, the old girl claimed the privilege of being as rude as she liked everyone else. Austen loved these power relationships in families because they offered the opportunity to mock all those involved – the hateful old bully and the compelling youngsters.
Today we see the south coast of Bognor and Bournemouth as faded remains, so it's nice to realize that they were built 200 years ago by entrepreneurs and property developers, mostly to their debts.
Rose Williams (photo left) plays a naive but resourceful heroine under conspiracies of cousins, unbelieving friends and a comically drunk brother-in-law. Sanditon delivers a shameless repetition of Pride and Prejudice, but unlike Austen & # 39; s oblique illusions about sex, ITV delivers a story that is practically pornographic
This adaptation used computer graphics to sketch the streets and boardwalks at the sea. It was all very ambitious, just like the architecture, but in the end it was just a background. With Austen we expect arrogant heroes, naive but resourceful heroines, conspiracies of cousins, unbelieving friends and at least one comically drunk brother-in-law. In other words, we want a repeat of Pride And Prejudice and Sanditon delivers that shamelessly.
Almost from the start, we undoubtedly left behind that Charlotte would meet the charmless, but pretty handsome hero, Sidney (Theo James), for the first time at a grand ball. They danced, they flirted. Quite right – any other plot would be unthinkable.
Kris Marshall burst with his usual clumsy energy and played the flaky tycoon Tom Parker. As he rose to his feet in desperation to get cheeky cash from his investors, he looked like every chancer in a shiny suit that once roared business deals in his train on his cell phone.
It's extraordinary to think that people like him existed two centuries before the smartphone – but that's the magic of Jane Austen.
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