The Last Jane Austen . . .
J A's unfinished work Sanditon has been made for ITV, most of it written/adapted by Andrew Davies as only a few chapters had been completed before her death.
Set in a yet to be re-built 'sea-side' town with almost too many characters to remember, it has several scenes/lines that would have caused Miss Austen's eyebrows to rise and a deep blush to cover her face.
Plenty of male buttocks frolicing in the waves, a young heroine allowed out and about among workmen with no escort and, even worse, no bonnet and a brother and sister who's relationship is rather too close for comfort. As for another 'respectable' young woman's conduct with the local 'rake' (and not the kind used in the garden) it causes a very unladylike remark about the goings on as witnessed by heroine Charlotte. "She wouldn't know the difference between a pr*ck and a pencil." No wonder poor C has a permanent twitchy look.
Many of the characters are down-right unpleasant and resemble those from Vanity Fair , which is, I suppose, how JA originally portrayed them; money grubbing and out for what they could get.
Will I carry on watching it? Probably, as it is showing on a Sunday night; the High Drama Spot for UK TV. And the ladies costumes are pretty.