Following its debut in April, the HBO drama series Gentleman Jack has been renewed for a second season.
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 premieres same time as the U.S. every Tuesday at 10am, exclusively on HBO GO, and concludes its eight-episode first season on Tuesday, 11 June.
The series tells the story of Anne Lister, a woman who had a passion for life and a mind for business, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn.
Set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire – the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution – Gentleman Jack follows Anne Lister, who is determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well.
But 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.
Based in historical fact, the show examines Lister’s relationships with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most importantly, would-be wife. The real-life Anne Lister’s story was recorded in the five 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.
Among the critical praise for the first season, the Hollywood Reporter hailed the show as “funny, smart and touching,” while the Wall Street Journal called it “utterly seductive” and the New York Times described Suranne Jones’ performance as “a marvel, exuding vitality, charisma and sexual confidence.”