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() ITV's Sanditon turned into game of Jane Austen I Spy: Writer reveals he has hidden 35 references to the author's other works in new series based on her unfinished last novel Production Designer Grant Montgomery says series is a 'huge love letter to Jane' Streets are named after Austen characters and other tributes to the writer's work There is a Pride and Prejudice book on shelf and scene with apple blossom trees Trees reference her novel Emma and streets use Sense And Sensibility names

By Chris Hastings for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 02:14 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 02:14 BST, 1 September 2019

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'It's like Jane Austen's greatest hits': Production Designer Grant Montgomery says the series is a 'huge love letter to Jane' with all the hidden references

'It's like Jane Austen's greatest hits': Production Designer Grant Montgomery says the series is a 'huge love letter to Jane' with all the hidden references

When writer Andrew Davies announced he was adapting Sanditon, Jane Austen’s last and unfinished novel, into an eight-part series for the first time, literature fans were understandably thrilled.

And now, it seems, they have even more reason to tune in.

Production designer Grant Montgomery, a lifelong Austen fan, has revealed he has hidden 35 references to her other works throughout the series for viewers to play a literary game of I Spy.

He said: ‘It’s a huge love letter to Jane. I thought it would be really great to do. It’s meant to be fun and you are meant to revel in it. It’s like Jane Austen’s greatest hits.’

One hidden reference is a street map in the office of town architect Tom Parker, played by Love Actually star Kris Marshall, on which many streets are named after Austen characters. Darcy Place has been named after Mr Darcy from Pride And Prejudice, and Ferrars Gardens is a reference to Edward Ferrars from Sense And

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