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Gentleman Jack series 2: Suranne Jones returns as ‘first modern lesbian’ Anne Lister in first-look snaps

Suranne Jones is back as Anne Lister (Picture: BBC/Lookout Point)

Suranne Jones is back in character as the intriguing Anne Lister ahead of the second season premiere of BBC’s Gentleman Jack.

The period drama, which is directed by Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley creator Sally Wainwright, focuses on landowner Anne, who in the first series began a romance with another woman.

Season one of the biopic, which is based on the true story of real-life diarist Anne Lister, ended with her and Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) declaring their love for each other and running off to get married, but what trouble awaits them in the second chapter?

The upcoming eight-parter will pick up in Yorkshire in 1834, as all eyes turn to Lister, who was known as the ‘first modern lesbian,’ and Walker as they set up home together at Shibden Hall as wife and wife, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple.

The official promo pictures show the Vigil star, actress Gemma Whelan (Marian Lister), and Lydia Leonard (Mariana Lawton) rocking the historical attire.

Gemma Jones, Timothy West, Katherine Kelly, Derek Riddell, Stephanie Cole and Peter Davison will also return to the screen.

The series is set to return this Spring (Picture: BBC/Lookout Point)

The second installment of Gentleman Jack was confirmed back in May 2020, with Suranne saying at the time: ‘I’m so thrilled that I will be joining Sally Wainwright on the second part of Anne’s journey.

‘We always dreamed there would be more and now we get to play it all out.’

The show began filming new episodes in early November 2020, and director Wainwright revealed how ‘thrilled’ she was over the programme’s return.

‘We’ve had such an extraordinary response from so many viewers all over the world about the first series’, she said.

‘I can’t wait to show them what we’ve come up with this time.’

What lies ahead for Anne and Ann? (Picture: BBC/Lookout Point)
Gemma Whelan plays Marian Lister (Picture: BBC/Lookout Point)

Amelia Bullmore, Vincent Franklin, Shaun Dooley, Rosie Cavaliero, Joe Armstrong, Anthony Flanagan and George Costigan are also set to reprise their roles.

Season one of the show covered the period 1832 to 1834 – but Lister died in 1840, meaning there is another six years worth of her life to bring to the small screen.

The first-look snaps are certainly enough to get fans hyped, and with good reason, as the programme received Bafta nominations for best drama, as well as a leading actress nomination for Suranne’s captivating performance.

Gentleman Jack will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer this Spring.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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