Filming has commenced in Halifax on Season 2 of Gentleman Jack, in accordance with government guidelines on Covid-19 and adherence to health and safety protocols.
As with the first season, Season 2 of Gentleman Jack uses the real-life diaries of Anne Lister — part of which were written in code — as its source material, with every part of Lister’s story based in historical fact and the five million words that she wrote in her journals.
The award-winning drama stars Suranne Jones (Save Me, Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey) as Anne Lister, the trailblazing 19th-century lesbian landowner and diarist, and Sophie Rundle (The Nest, Peaky Blinders, Jamestown) as Ann Walker, a landowning heiress in her own right and Anne Lister’s partner.
Following on from the events in Season 1, the new season opens in 1834 Yorkshire. All eyes are on Anne Lister and Ann Walker as they set up home together at Shibden Hall as wife and wife, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple. Anne Lister’s entrepreneurial spirit frightens the locals as much as her unconventional love life, and with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile becomes provocative and dangerous.
Returning cast members include Gemma Whelan (The Murders at White House Farm), Gemma Jones (Marvellous), Timothy West (Last Tango in Halifax), Lydia Leonard (Flesh and Blood), Jodhi May (Small Axe), Katherine Kelly (Criminal: UK), Derek Riddell (A Confession), Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey), Vincent Franklin (Bodyguard), Shaun Dooley (The Stranger), Rosie Cavaliero (Code 404), Joe Armstrong (Britannia), Anthony Flanagan (The Village), and George Costigan (Happy Valley).
Joining the Season 2 cast is Joanna Scanlan (No Offence, The Thick Of It) as Isabella “Tib” Norcliffe, Anne Lister’s outrageous former lover.
Gentleman Jack is a Lookout Point production for BBC One, co-produced with HBO.
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