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Sally Wainwright, Suranne Jones, and Sophie Rundle On How ‘Gentleman Jack’ Continues To Evolve In Season 2

If any historical figure’s life is rife with TV potential, it’s Anne Lister. The 19th-century lesbian landowner and prolific diarist was by far one of the most complicated and fascinating women of her time (and ours!), so it’s no wonder screenwriter Sally Wainwright became so captivated by her that she brought us Gentleman Jack, the HBO drama based on Lister’s life exactly as she described it in her extensive diaries. Starring a brilliantly natural Suranne Jones as Lister and Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker, Lister’s love interest and eventual wife, the series tells what is ultimately a thoroughly modern story...
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'Gentleman Jack': Suranne Jones, Sophie Rundle, & Sally Wainwright on Returning for the Long-Awaited Season 2

The historical drama series Gentleman Jack, a BBC One/HBO co-production created and written by Sally Wainwright, is rooted in the words of a real-life figure — literally. The show is based on the writings of Anne Lister, an English diarist and landowner who lived freely and somewhat openly as a lesbian, and penned her truths over the course of many collected diaries via a secret code. In the show, Suranne Jones stars as Anne Lister, the titular "Gentleman Jack," who has returned to her family's estate known as Shibden Hall in Halifax with the intention of building up her own inheritance to its most prosperous possibilities. After reuniting with her family, including her sister Marian (Gemma Whelan), her aunt Anne (Gemma Jones), and her father Jeremy (Timothy West), Anne has to not only navigate the problems of neighbors encroaching on her family's coal mine, but also oversee any dilemmas facing the tenants who live on the estate. Ultimately, her path crosses with that of Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle), a young, wealthy, unmarried heiress — and the two embark on a passionate romance that is as exciting as it could potentially breed scandal for them both.
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