Sanditon showcasing North Somerset

No stranger to primetime TV appearances, North Somerset is set to hit the small screen again at the end of this month when it features in a major new Jane Austen adaptation heading for ITV1.

Sanditon is an eight-part drama by BAFTA-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies with the first episode screened at 9pm on Sunday 25 August.

Sanditon is Austen’s final, incomplete novel written only months before her death in 1817. Production company Red Planet were looking for coastal and seaside locations to recreate the fictitious resort of the eponymous title and North Somerset’s locations fit the bill. Clevedon seafront, Sand Point and Uphill are all set to feature.

Cllr 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.”

North Somerset promotes itself as a film-friendly council, recognising the economic benefits filming can bring into the area, and the growing interest in film tourism. On average, 50 filming shoots take place in North Somerset every year, including films, advertisements, music videos, reality TV, nature programmes and dramas including Sherlock Holmes and all three series of Broadchurch.