Bookish Buzz: Two Upcoming ITV Adaptations

Calling all period drama lovers: ITV is gifting us with two exciting adaptations of classic novels.

First up is a seven part miniseries of Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, which will premiere sometime later this year. Amazon and ITV have partnered with Mammoth Screen – the production company responsible for Victoria and Poldark – to bring this Victorian tome to the small screen. 

This sumptuous drama features a stellar cast including: Olivia Cooke as Becky Sharpe, Tom Bateman as Captain Rawden Crawley, Johhny Flynn as Dobbin, Suranne Jones as Miss Pinkerton, and Michael Palin as author/narrator Thackeray.

As Deadline describes, Vanity Fair tells the story of social climber Becky Sharpe, “as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the heights of English Society. Her story of villainy, crime, merriment, lovemaking, jilting, laughing, cheating, fighting and dancing, takes her all the way to the court of King George IV, via the Battle of Waterloo, breaking hearts and losing fortunes along the way.”



We’ll have to wait a bit longer for this next adaptation, but it will be well worth it to have a new Austen miniseries to look forward to. ITV, Masterpiece PBS, and Red Planet Pictures are set to bring Jane Austen’s final (and unfinished) novel, Sanditon to life.The eleven chapter fragment has been adapted into an eight episode miniseries by acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies.

Deadline describes Sanditon as: “the story of the impulsive, spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her spiky relationship with the charming Sidney Parker. When a chance accident transports her from her rural hometown of Willingden to a would-be coastal resort, it exposes Charlotte to the intrigues and dalliances of a seaside town on the make. The drama takes viewers from the West Indies to the rotting alleys of London and exposes the hidden agendas of each character and sees Charlotte discover herself and ultimately find love.”

It’s too early for casting news, but filming is expected to begin in spring of 2019.

Image via Red Planet Pictures


Are you looking forward to either of these adaptations? Have you read the books?


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  1. I’ve read both books and I am looking forward to both adaptations. I’m curious as to how they do Sandition because the existing material is hardly the equivalent of an 8 hour miniseries. It sets things up, but I expect that the screenwriters will have to do a lot of development.

    I also look forward to Vanity Fair. I’m roughly 50/50 on the 2004 film adaptation (I liked some elements and disliked others), and I’m interested to see how it’s done. I can see that being much more easy to faithfully translate into a multiple part miniseries.

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    1. They’ll definitely have to add a lot to Sanditon, but hopefully it will be done in a way that feels true to Austen’s writing/voice. I agree with you about the 2004 VF film; there were things I really liked and others that I thought could’ve been improved. A longer miniseries will be very interesting for sure.

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  2. I hated Vanity Fair as a teenager and wasn’t a fan of the film that came out about the same time either so I think I’ll be giving that a miss! The Sanction adaptation sounds intriguing – I agree that a lot of it will have to be fan fiction.

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    1. Sounds like a good idea to skip VF then! They’ll definitely have to expand the original fragment of Sanditon by quite a lot. I hope the additions will still feel true to Austen’s voice.

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