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Jane Austen's unfinished novel 'Sanditon' to be adapted into TV series

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Jane Austen's unfinished novel, "Sanditon", is being adapted for a television series by PBS and British broadcaster

The eight-part series will be developed by Andrew Davies, best known for "War and Peace" and "Pride and Prejudice", according to a statement released by PBS

The unfinished novel, written months before Austen's death in 1817, follows the story of and her spiky relationship with the humorous, charming

When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to the would-be coastal resort with the eponymous title, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make, and the characters whose fortunes depend on its commercial success.

"managed to write only a fragment of her last novel before she died but what a fragment! 'Sanditon' tells the story of the transformation of a sleepy fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort, with a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, some dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress, and quite a bit of nude bathing," Davies said.

"It's been a privilege and a thrill for me to develop 'Sanditon' into a TV drama for a modern audience," he added.

The series will be executive produced by and It will be distributed by Studios.

Filming is expected to begin in early next year.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 13:15 IST