This Sanditon adaptation is flawed, but I find that I enjoy it enough to stick with it. The way I accept it is to think of it as Jane Austen fanfic (which it essentially is) - Jane set up the scene in 11 chapters, and Andrew Davies let his imagination run free to fill in the rest. I really do like the seaside setting, while construction is ongoing to build up the town - it's a very different dynamic from other Austen works. Some of the character dynamics are starting to click for me. Some things that really make me side-eye (a shower demo in mixed company? Please!) The music is fabulous and really establishes the mood of the piece.
Arthur Parker and his love of port and toast is just so endearing and seems like a character that could have plausibly been in an Austen novel. Esther Denham is a great villain, although they've already gone way soapy with her with the "nails in Clara's wound" scene. I thought it was interesting that Esther is clearly outmatched by Clara's ruthlessness. Clara didn't seem to feel pain which was spooky. Lady Denham seems heavily inspired by P&P's Lady Catherine . Edward Denham seems like a less subtle Mr Wickham. Tom and Mary Parker are growing on me - Tom is quixotic, but really loves his family. Sidney is the brooding, smouldering enigma, and Theo James does know how to smoulder! Not sure yet how I feel about Georgiana and Charlotte. Georgiana Lambe may be very wealthy, but she's still an outsider in this land, so I don't totally buy that she would be this "bold." I would have bought her being more reserved and stand-offish like Mr Darcy, skeptical of everyone's motivations, but I would have thought she would be more respectful of clergy given the times, and more on guard as far as her behavior given the racial dynamics. Charlotte is treading awfully close to "insufferable" Mary Sue territory, but the character is saved by the actress being very endearing.