Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack

Sally Wainwright’s award-winning hit Gentleman Jack returned for its second series in April 22 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Yorkshire, 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 and, with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile becomes provocative and dangerous.

Gentleman Jack series two will again use the real-life diaries of Anne Lister – part of which were written in code – as its source, with every part of Lister’s story based in historical fact and the five million words she wrote in her journals.

Suranne Jones as Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack series 2

Explore the filming locations in 'Gentleman Jack' series 2

Where is series 2 of Gentleman Jack filmed?

Gentleman Jack is set in Halifax and the second series filmed widely across Yorkshire, showcasing the region’s incredible portfolio of period locations; not least Shibden Hall, the historic home where Anne herself lived. Other filming locations for series 2 include: Sutton Park (near York,) Bramham Estate (Leeds), Fairfax House (York) Broughton Hall (Skipton), Harewood House Estate (Leeds), Oakwell Hall (Birstall), Wentworth Woodhouse, Rievaulx Abbey, Langton Hall (Malton), National Railway Museum (York), Grays Court (York), Temple Newsam (Leeds), Salt’s Mill (Saltaire), Harewood House (Leeds) and Park Square (Leeds).

Gentleman Jack filmed with support of Screen Yorkshire’s film office, assisted by our film friendly partners, including Calderdale Council, Leeds City Council, Bradford Film Office, Kirklees Council, Make It York & City of York Council.

Trailer - Coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer 10 April 9pm

Meet the cast!

Returning to Shibden Hall for Gentleman Jack series two are Gemma Whelan as Marian Lister, Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister, and Timothy West as Jeremy Lister. They are joined by many returning cast including Jodhi May (Lady Vere Cameron), Katherine Kelly (Elizabeth Sutherland), Derek Riddell (Captain George Sutherland), Stephanie Cole (Aunt Ann Walker), Peter Davison (William Priestley), Amelia Bullmore (Eliza Priestley), Vincent Franklin (Christopher Rawson), Shaun Dooley (Jeremiah Rawson), Rosie Cavaliero (Elizabeth Cordingley), Joe Armstrong (Samuel Washington), Anthony Flanagan (Ben Sowden), and George Costigan (James Holt).

Joanna Scanlan joins Gentleman Jack as guest cast for series two, playing Anne Lister’s outrageous former lover Isabella ‘Tib’ Norcliffe.

Joanna Scanlan as Tib in Gentleman Jack series 2

Trainees secure work on Gentleman Jack 2

A number of Screen Yorkshire’s trainees were supported to find crew roles on Gentleman Jack series 2. Beyond Brontës: The Mayor’s Screen Diversity Programme alumni Scarlett Martin from Wakefield and Bethany Goode from Leeds, secured roles as runners on the drama.

Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire alumni Georgina Vaughan, from Ilkley and Matt Jas from Bradford, also found work in the production and lighting departments respectively.

The benefits of a hit series like 'Gentleman Jack' are hugely impactful for the region, both in terms of the significant job and supply chain opportunities the drama provides during filming and thereafter, as visitors from around the world travel to Yorkshire to follow in the footsteps of Anne Lister.Screen Yorkshire's Film Office supported filming at a diverse range of visitor friendly locations in the region and worked with Lookout Point to secure job roles for local people through our crew database. Sally Wainwright is a fantastic advocate and inspiration for local talent and it was brilliant to be able to watch some of the trainees that she spoke to when we launched the Centre of Screen Excellence in Leeds in 2020 go on to find paid roles on the show.

Caroline Cooper Charles, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire

Suranne Jones behind the scenes during the filming of Gentleman Jack series 2

Gentleman Jack series two (8×60’) was written by Sally Wainwright. Executive Producers are Sally Wainwright and Suranne Jones; Faith Penhale and Will Johnston for Lookout Point, and Ben Irving for BBC One. The new series will be directed by Edward Hall, Amanda Brotchie and Fergus O’Brien, produced by Lookout Point for BBC One, and co-produced with HBO. Phil Collinson is series producer, with Stella Merz as producer. Lookout Point is a BBC Studios company. The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC Chief Content Officer, and Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama.