HBO/BBC drama series Gentleman Jack, inspired by the epic true story of Anne Lister, a controversial woman who had a passion for life, a mind for business and bucked society’s expectations at every turn, most notably by taking a wife, begins its eight-episode season on Sunday on Fox Showcase.
Created, written and co-directed by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley) and starring BAFTA Award winner Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster),Gentleman Jack is set in the complex, changing world of 1832 in Halifax, West Yorkshire – the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution.
Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Lister, who is determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. The charismatic, single-minded, swashbuckling Lister – who dresses head-to-toe in black and charms her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man.
The story examines Lister’s relationships with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most importantly, would-be wife. Based in historical fact, the real-life Anne Lister’s story was recorded in the four million words of her diaries, and the most intimate details of her life, once hidden in a secret code, have been decoded and revealed for the series.
Gentleman Jack co-stars: Sophie Rundle (Bodyguard, Peaky Blinders) as Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress on whom Anne Lister sets her sights as a prospective wife; Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Anne Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West (Last Tango in Halifax) as Jeremy Lister, the sisters’ father; and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary) as Aunt Anne Lister.
Gentleman Jack begins Sunday, May 19 at 7.30pm AEST, streaming on Foxtel Now and screening on FOX SHOWCASE.