Gentleman Jack

Programme Name: Gentleman Jack - TX: n/a - Episode: Gentleman Jack - Generics (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Ann Walker (SOPHIE RUNDLE), Anne Lister (SURANNE JONES) - (C) Lookout Point - Photographer: Jay Brooks

BBC One, Sundays at 9pm from 19 May

Gentleman Jack is an exciting new drama written by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley) that explores the life of Anne Lister (1791 – 1840). The drama begins in Halifax in 1832, when Anne Lister (Suranne Jones) returns from Hastings to Shibden Hall, having discovered that her would-be companion and lover, the aristocratic Vere Hobart (Jodhi May), has accepted a marriage proposal from a man. Gentleman Jack is a Lookout Point production for BBC One, co-produced with HBO.

Filmed in Yorkshire with support from Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office.

Gentleman Jack is set in Halifax and 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 include: Sutton Park (near York,) Newby Hall (Ripon) Bramham Estate (Leeds), Fairfax House (York) Broughton Hall (Skipton), Harewood House Estate (Leeds), Treasurer’s House (York), Oakwell Hall (Birstall), St Peter’s Church (Sowerby), Halifax Town Centre, Lawrence Batley Theatre & Queens Street (Huddersfield), Little Germany (Bradford), Wentworth Woodhouse, Ripponden Moor Holy Trinity Church and City of York streets. Production offices were based at Studio 81 in Leeds.

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

Gentleman Jack

As a proud Yorkshireman I was thrilled to come home to work on Gentleman Jack. This is an ambitious show filmed on location all over this glorious county. Everywhere we went we were supported and welcomed and the brilliant, mostly local crew worked tirelessly and with great skill. Screen Yorkshire too played its part in facilitating a very friendly environment for us to film in. I can’t wait to come back and do it again .

Phil Collinson, Producer, Gentleman Jack

Synopsis

Despite her affection for her elderly aunt (Gemma Jones), Anne is frustrated by the shabbiness of her ancestral home and finds her father (Timothy West) and long-suffering sister (Gemma Whelan) difficult to live with. A visit from her ex-lover Mariana Lawton (Lydia Leonard) compounds Anne’s fear that she is destined to be alone.

However, when Anne discovers that her land is rich in coal, her plans to transform the estate soon provide a welcome distraction from her broken heart. On the neighbouring estate, Crow Nest, shy heiress Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) is quietly delighted to hear that charismatic Anne Lister is back.

Meanwhile, Anne’s servants and tenants have problems of their own. A hit-and-run accident on Shibden land puts a child’s life at risk, and Anne’s French maid Eugénie finds herself in trouble.