Gentleman Jack (TV series)

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Gentleman Jack
Created bySally Wainwright
Directed by
  • Sally Wainwright
  • Sarah Harding
  • Jennifer Perrott
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Sally Wainwright
  • Faith Penhale
  • Laura Lankester
Producer(s)Phil Collinson
CinematographySimon Chapman
Camera setupArri Alexa Mini & Cooke Optics Panchro & Anamorphic/i lenses (supplied by No Drama, UK)
Production company(s)Lookout Point
Original network
Picture format2:1 HDTV
Original release22 April 2019 (2019-04-22) –
External links
Production website

Gentleman Jack is a British-American historical drama series created by Sally Wainwright.[a] Set in 1832 and starring Suranne Jones as noted landowner and industrialist Anne Lister, the series is scheduled to premiere in 2019[3] on BBC One in the United Kingdom and HBO in the United States.[4] The program was originally titled "Shibden Hall".[5][6] The series is based on the collective diaries of Anne Lister, which contain over 4 million words and are written largely in secret code.[5][7] Gentleman Jack premiered in the U.S. on 22 April 2019.[8][9] It is set to premiere in the UK in Spring 2019.[10]


In 1832, after an extended period of travel, study and social climbing, Anne Lister returns to Shibden Hall, her ancestral home in West Yorkshire. The series explores the relationships and interests Lister develops in her quest to transform her house and business interests, as well as to find herself a wife.[5][4]

Cast and characters[edit]



Series 1 (2019)[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [11]U.S. viewers
1"I Was Just Passing"Sally WainwrightSally WainwrightApril 22, 2019 (2019-04-22)0.441[12]
2"I Just Went There To Study Anatomy"[11]TBATBAApril 29, 2019 (2019-04-29)TBD
3"Oh Is That What You Call It?"[13]TBATBAMay 6, 2019 (2019-05-06)TBD
4"Most Women Are Dull and Stupid"[14]TBATBAMay 13, 2019 (2019-05-13)TBD
5"Let's Have Another Look at Your Past Perfect"[15]TBATBAMay 20, 2019 (2019-05-20)TBD
6"Do Ladies Do That?"[16]TBATBAMay 27, 2019 (2019-05-27)TBD
7"Why've You Brought That?"[17]TBATBAJune 3, 2019 (2019-06-03)TBD
8"Are You Still Talking?"[18]TBATBAJune 10, 2019 (2019-06-10)TBD

Background and production[edit]

In November 2016, screenwriter Sally Wainwright was awarded the £30,000 screenwriting fellowship grant from the charitable organisation the Wellcome Trust, in partnership with Film4 and the British Film Institute.[19] Wainwright disclosed to the media that she was writing a drama series about the landowner, industrialist, and intellectual Anne Lister and would use the grant to further her research.[20] In March 2017, it was announced that BBC One and American network HBO had commissioned the eight-part series, provisionally titled "Shibden Hall", after Lister's ancestral home.[5] Wainwright was announced as the series' director, and executive producer together with Piers Wenger and Faith Penhale.[5] A native of Yorkshire, Wainwright had grown up in the environs of Shibden Hall and had had ambitions to write a drama based on Anne Lister for over 20 years.[5][6] She described Lister as "a gift to a dramatist" and "one of the most exuberant, thrilling and brilliant women in British history".[5]

In July 2017, the series was renamed Gentleman Jack and Suranne Jones was announced in the protagonist role of Lister.[4] Wainwright, who had previously worked with Jones in Scott and Bailey and Unforgiven,[21] deemed her capable of embodying the "boldness, subtlety, energy and humour" required to depict Lister.[22] In April 2018, Sophie Rundle joined the production as Ann Walker, Lister's intended spouse.[23]

In November 2018, Katherine Kelly was cast in the role of Ann Walker's sister, Elizabeth Sutherland, and Sofie Gråbøl as Queen Marie of Denmark.[3]


BBC One released a teaser trailer for the series on 8 March 2019,[24] followed by the first official trailer on 18 March 2019.[10][25] The first trailer from HBO was also released on 18 March.[26]


The Hollywood Reporter described Gentleman Jack as a "funny, smart, and touching story" which at times has the main character talk to the camera to explain inner monologue, allowing aspects of Lister's diary to be used.[27]


The series tie-in paperback will be released on 25 April 2019 by BBC Books in the United Kingdom under the title Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister; and on 4 June 2019 in the United States by Penguin Random House as Gentleman Jack: The Diaries of Anne Lister.[28][29] The book is authored by Anne Choma, who served as the historical adviser for the series.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gentleman Jack: The Life and Times of Anne Lister – The Official Companion to the BBC Series was published in 2019 alongside the programme.[1][2]


  1. ^ Lister, Anne; Wainwright, Sally; Choma, Anne (2019). "Gentleman Jack:The Life and Times of Anne Lister – The Official Companion to the BBC Series" (PDF). London, United Kingdom: Ebury Publishing. Retrieved 9 March 2019. [PDF p.32]
  2. ^ Lister, Anne; Wainwright, Sally; Choma, Anne (2019). "Gentleman Jack: The Life and Times of Anne Lister the Official Companion to the BBC Series". Google Books. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Media Centre (19 November 2018). "Katherine Kelly and Sofie Gråbøl join Sally Wainwright's BBC One drama Gentleman Jack, as a new image of Suranne Jones as Anne Lister is released". BBC (Press release). Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (19 July 2017). "Suranne Jones To Star In Sally Wainright Drama Series For HBO & BBC One". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Media Centre (5 March 2017). "BBC One and HBO announce original new drama series Shibden Hall from award-winning writer Sally Wainwright". BBC (Press release). Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b Birnbaum, Debra (4 March 2017). "HBO, BBC One Order 'Shibden Hall' From Sally Wainwright". Variety. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  7. ^ Crampton, Caroline (5 December 2013). "The lesbian Dead Sea Scrolls: Anne Lister's diaries". New Statesman. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  8. ^ White, Peter (18 March 2019). "HBO To Launch Suranne Jones Period Drama 'Gentleman Jack' On April 22 In New Monday Slot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  9. ^ "HBO/BBC Drama Series GENTLEMAN JACK, Created, Written and Directed by Sally Wainwright, Debuts April 22 On HBO" (Press release). New York, NY: WarnerMedia. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  10. ^ a b Munn, Patrick (18 March 2019). "BBC One Releases Trailer For 'Gentleman Jack'". TV Wise. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Gentleman Jack – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (23 April 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.22.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Gentleman Jack 03: Oh Is That What You Call It?". HBO. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Gentleman Jack 04: Most Women Are Dull and Stupid". HBO. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  15. ^ "Gentleman Jack 05: Let's Have Another Look at Your Past Perfect". HBO. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Gentleman Jack 06: Do Ladies Do That?". HBO. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Gentleman Jack 07: Why've You Brought That?". HBO. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Gentleman Jack 08: Are You Still Talking?". HBO. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Sally Wainwright awarded Screenwriting Fellowship". Wellcome Trust. 23 November 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  20. ^ Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (24 November 2016). "Sally Wainwright to write show about diarist Anne Lister for BBC". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  21. ^ Gove, Ed (5 April 2017). "Happy Valley's Sally Wainwright: "I write people I want to be, not who I am"". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  22. ^ Media Centre (20 July 2017). "Suranne Jones to star in Gentleman Jack, Sally Wainwright's new drama for BBC One and HBO". BBC (Press release). Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (26 April 2018). "'Gentleman Jack': Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West & Gemma Jones To Co-Star In BBC-HBO Series; Full Cast Set". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  24. ^ "Gentleman Jack: Teaser Trailer". BBC One Trailers. BBC. 8 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  25. ^ "BBC One releases trailer for Gentleman Jack". Isle of Wight County Press. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  26. ^ Greene, Steve (18 March 2019). "'Gentleman Jack' Trailer: HBO/BBC's Period Tale of Lesbian Rebel Anne Lister". IndieWire. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  27. ^ Goodman, Tim (15 April 2019). "'Gentleman Jack': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  28. ^ Choma, Anne (2019). "Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  29. ^ Choma, Anne (2019). "Gentleman Jack: The Diaries of Anne Lister". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 1 March 2019.

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