There were only two words used by Jane Austen to describe Miss Lambe, ‘chilly’ and ‘tender.’ And I took ‘chilly’ very literally to mean that she found the climate very unpleasant. ‘Tender’ is ambiguous. I took it to mean vulnerable, quick to see slights and prejudice in others, which she does find, of course.
~ Andrew Davies
One of the glaring downsides of not having the benefit of a second series as of yet of the British period drama, Sanditon, isn’t the fact that it didn’t adhere to a traditional Jane Austen ending but that there wasn’t near enough time during series 1 to fully develop the character of Georgiana Lambe, played by Crystal Clarke.
While Sanditon tells the story of the young and naive yet spirited and unconventional Charlotte Heywood and her relationship with the ever-so charming Sidney Parker set against that backdrop of older brother Tom Parker’s attempt to develop the budding seaside resort, it’s the arrival of Miss Lambe, a young, biracial heiress from the West Indies who comes to Sanditon as the ward of the youngest of the Parker brothers, Sidney, that warrants more screen time.
The character of Miss Lambe was a part of the original unfinished novel from Austen. A majority of what we see on the screen with regards to Georgiana comes from inside Andrew Davies mind palace. The 11 chapters that Jane Austen wrote on Sanditon before her death made up only a majority of the first episode of the series with the final 7+ episodes courtesy of Davies.
“There were only two words used by Jane Austen to describe Miss Lambe, ‘chilly’ and ‘tender.’ And I took ‘chilly’ very literally to mean that she found the climate very unpleasant,” Davies said. “‘Tender’ is ambiguous. I took it to mean vulnerable, quick to see slights and prejudice in others, which she does find, of course.”
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Thanks for this! Hope someone will decide to produce a second season, especially since the way season one ended was less than satisfying and was obviously meant to carry-on with at least another season. I mean come on, this IS Jane Austen after all!
You’re most welcome. Yeah, they have been campaigning online for another season. But, I don’t think it will happen. Truly sad too. I wished they’d decided not to air it here without a S2.