The HBO/BBC drama series Gentlemen Jack begins its eight-episode season Monday, April 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Created, written and co-directed by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax), and starring BAFTA Award winner Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Save Me), Gentleman Jack tells the story of a woman who had a passion for life and a mind for business, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn.
The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms. Gentlemen Jack will air in the UK on BBC One this spring.
Set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire – the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution – Gentlemen Jack focuses on landowner Anne 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.
Gentlemen Jack co-stars: Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress on whom Anne Lister sets her sights as a prospective wife; Gemma Whelan as Anne Lister’s sister, Marian; Timothy West as Jeremy Lister, the sisters’ father; and Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister.
The additional cast includes: Katherine Kelly as Elizabeth Sutherland, Ann Walker’s sister; Sofie Gråbøl as Queen Marie of Denmark; Stephanie Cole as Ann Walker’s aunt; Peter Davison as William Priestley, Ann Walker’s cousin; Amelia Bullmore as Eliza Priestley, William Priestley’s wife; Vincent Franklin as Christopher Rawson, a businessman and fierce rival to Anne Lister; Shaun Dooley as Jeremiah, Christopher’s brother and business partner; Joe Armstrong as Samuel Washington; Jodhi May as Vere Hobart; Rosie Cavaliero as Elizabeth Cordingley; Thomas Howes as John Booth; Jessica Baglow as Rachael Hemingway; and newcomers Albane Courtois as Eugénie Pierre and Ben Hunter as Joseph Booth.
Gentlemen Jack is directed by Sally Wainwright, Sarah Harding (Vikings, Queer as Folk) and Jennifer Perrott (Doctor Who); produced by Lookout Point for HBO and BBC One; executive produced by Sally Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Laura Lankester for Lookout Point and Ben Irving for BBC One; and the producer is Phil Collinson.