Sanditon sex scene shocks Jane Austen fans as ITV adaptation premieres

Louise McCreesh
Photo credit: RED PLANET - ITV
Photo credit: RED PLANET - ITV

From Digital Spy

Jane Austen fans got more than they bargained for with the premiere of ITV's Sanditon adaptation: a steamy sex scene.

The eight-part series, based on Austen's unfinished novel and adapted for the screen by Andrew Davies among others, premiered on Sunday night (August 25) to mixed reactions.

But, while Austen's novel is famous for being unfinished, someone certainly get a happy ending during the premiere, as Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams) stumbled upon Sir Edward Denham (Jack Fox) being pleasured by Clara Brereton (Lily Sacofsky).

And viewers were surprised to say the least!

Photo credit: Red Planet/Des WIllie - ITV
Photo credit: Red Planet/Des WIllie - ITV

Related: Sanditon screenwriter discusses the importance of Jane Austen's first black character

The sex act followed a scene in which three men could be seen running naked into the sea — but, for an Austen adaptation, it was the racy moment that truly took fans of her previous works by surprise.

"Didn't look too shy to me, first bottoms now sex in the woods this isn't Austen as we know it," said one viewer.

"Ah yes, this is where we get the handjob," said another. "Not your classic Austen adaptation then."

"Not sure how I previously missed the handjobs in Jane Austen’s novels," added another.

Below are a few more of their reactions:

Photo credit: Simon Ridgway - ITV
Photo credit: Simon Ridgway - ITV

Related: Sanditon cast respond to critics of the drama's racier scenes

The cast of Sanditon has previously responded to criticism of the drama's racier scenes.

Screenwriter Andrew Davies has also discussed the importance of featuring Jane Austen's first black character in the series.

Sanditon begins this Sunday (August 25) on ITV at 9pm.

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