BBC announces that Gentleman Jack series 2 has started filming

Megan Sutton
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

From Good Housekeeping

Fans of Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack will be pleased to hear the show has been recommissioned for a second series. In fact, filming is underway, according to the BBC.

The drama, which stars Suranne Jones as the remarkable Anne Lister, was a successful launch for the BBC in 2019 with 5.1 million viewers for episode one so it's little wonder it's coming back.

STREAM SEASON ONE HERE

Excitingly, work is underway on series two, with filming happening in Halifax currently. The BBC shared an image of Suranne Jones in costume and wearing a face mask.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"Together with independent health and safety consultants, in full consultation with industry partners and the local authorities, and in accordance with all current government guidelines on Covid-19, Gentleman Jack’s production team will adhere to comprehensive protocols to ensure that the new series is produced in a safe and responsible manner during this time of global pandemic," the BBC said.

Gentleman Jack season 2: What's it about?

Written by Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax, To Walk Invisible), the second series will again use the real life diaries of Halifax landowner Anne Lister - part of which were written in code - as its source, with every part of Lister’s story based in historical fact and the five million words she wrote in her journals.

Following an up-and-down relationship in series one, which ended with Anne and Ann (Sophie Rundle) deciding to make a real go of things, season two will explore their life together as a couple.

"Yorkshire, 1834. All eyes are on Anne Lister and Ann Walker as they set up home together at Shibden Hall as wife and wife, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple. Anne Lister’s entrepreneurial spirit frightens the locals as much as her unconventional love life and, with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile becomes provocative and dangerous," a synopsis read.

"They move into Shibden together in series two and it's about how they negotiate their married life, conspicuously in public, and how they deal with their detractors and the effect that has on their relationship as well," Wainwright explained to Digital Spy.

Speaking about the second series, Sally said: “I'm more thrilled than I've ever been about anything that we're returning with a new series of Gentleman Jack. We've had such an extraordinary response from so many viewers all over the world about the first series, and I can't wait to show them what we've come up with this time.

“Their excitement for the show has been a joy, and an inspiration. I've been in a little bit of heaven once again spending so much time deep in Anne's diaries as I've written the scripts, and can't wait to see the fabulous, joyous magic and detail that Suranne and Sophie will bring to it all. As ever it's been a real pleasure working with Faith and the super cool team at Lookout Point, and our wonderful supportive teams at the BBC and HBO. I'm so excited and happy for this series, I hope people love it as much as they did the first.”

Photo credit: Jay Brooks - BBC
Photo credit: Jay Brooks - BBC

Suranne Jones added: “I’m so happy to be back in beautiful Yorkshire, back with my favourite team, back with Sophie and this amazing cast and of course I’m so honoured to be returning as Anne Lister. Sally’s scripts are detailed and wonderfully human as ever.”

Gentleman Jack season 2: Who's in it?

Gentleman Jack also stars Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker, Gemma Whelan as Marian Lister, Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister and Timothy West as Jeremy Lister.

They are joined by many returning cast including Lydia Leonard (Mariana Lawton), Jodhi May (Lady Vere Cameron), Katherine Kelly (Elizabeth Sutherland), Derek Riddell (Captain George Sutherland), Stephanie Cole (Aunt Ann Walker), Peter Davison (William Priestley), Amelia Bullmore (Eliza Priestley), Vincent Franklin (Christopher Rawson), Shaun Dooley (Jeremiah Rawson), Rosie Cavaliero (Elizabeth Cordingley), Joe Armstrong (Samuel Washington), Anthony Flanagan (Ben Sowden), George Costigan (James Holt).

Joanna Scanlan will join as guest cast for series two in the role of Anne Lister’s outrageous former lover Isabella ‘Tib’ Norcliffe.

Gentleman Jack season 2: When's it on TV?

It's not yet been announced when the eight-part series will hit screens, but filming in Yorkshire started so watch this space.

Gentleman Jack will return to BBC One.

Stream season one HERE.

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