Gentleman JackActors Sophie Rundle and Suranne Jones at the table read.
Gentleman JackActors Sophie Rundle and Suranne Jones at the table read.

HBO Welcomes Gentleman Jack

BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright created the new series which will star Sophie Rundle and Gemma Whelan.


Filming is set to start on Gentleman Jack the new eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley).

The series, set in 1832 West Yorkshire, England is inspired by the true-story and coded journals of Anne Lister (played by Suranne Jones), and follows her attempt to revitalize her inherited home, Shibdhen Hall. Most notably for the time period, a part of Lister’s plan is to help the fate of her own family by taking a wife.

The prospective wife, Ann Walker, will be played by Peaky Blinders’ Sophie Rundle; Gemma Whelan, known for her role as Yara on Game of Thrones, has been cast as Lister’s sister, Marian. Timothy West (Last Tango in Halifax, Bleak House) will portray their father, Jeremy Lister, and Gemma Jones (God’s Own Country, Bridget Jones’s Diary) their aunt, Anne.

The ensemble will also include, Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God, Still Open All Hours) as Ann Walker’s aunt; Peter Davison (Liar, Doctor Who) as Walker’s cousin, William Priestley; Amelia Bullmore (Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey) as William’s wife, Eliza; Vincent Franklin (Cucumber, Happy Valley) as Christopher Rawson, a businessman and fierce rival to Anne Lister, Shaun Dooley (Gunpowder, Broadchurch) as Jeremiah, Christopher’s brother and business partner; along with newcomers Albane Courtois and Ben Hunter as Eugénie Pierre and Joseph Booth.

The series will premiere on both BBC One and HBO, and will be directed by Wainwright and Sarah Harding (Vikings, Queer as Folk). It is produced by Lookout Point for HBO and BBC One, with executive producers Sally Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Laura Lankester for Lookout Point, and producer Phil Collinson.

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