HBO released today the official teaser for the second season of historical drama Gentleman Jack, will will launch in the US in April.
Co-produced with BBC One, Gentleman Jack stars multi-award winner Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Scott & Bailey) as Anne Lister, the real-life English landowner who lived life fully and on her own terms and bucked society’s expectations at every turn.
Season 1 saw Anne Lister return to Halifax, West Yorkshire, in 1832, after her live-in, aristocratic partner accepted a man’s marriage proposal. Back at her ancestral home of Shibden Hall, Anne set about transforming the estate by reopening the coal mines. She also began wooing wealthy heiress Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle, Jamestown, Peaky Blinders).
The eight-episode second season opens in 1834. 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 does, and with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile becomes provocative and dangerous.
As with the first season, the telling of Anne Lister’s story in Gentleman Jack is based in historical fact and uses the five million words that Lister wrote in her journals, much of which were written in code, as the show’s source material.
The Season 2 cast includes Gemma Jones (Marvellous), Timothy West (Bleak House), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Jodhi May (The Witcher), Katherine Kelly (Criminal: UK), Derek Riddell (Happy Valley), Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey), Vincent Franklin (Twenty Twelve), Shaun Dooley (The Stranger), Rosie Cavaliero (Prey), Joe Armstrong (Britannia), Anthony Flanagan (Versailles), George Costigan (Line of Duty), and Lydia Leonard (Flesh and Blood).
A Lookout Point production for HBO, co-produced with BBC One, the series is created and written by Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey), who also serves as executive producer alongside Suranne Jones, Faith Penhale, Will Johnston and Ben Irving. The producers are Phil Collinson and Stella Merz. Directing Season 2 are Edward Hall, Amanda Brotchie, and Fergus O’Brien.
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