Gentleman Jack writer Sally Wainwright announces new historical drama

Jen Crothers
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Photo credit: MATT SQUIRE - BBC
Photo credit: MATT SQUIRE - BBC

Happy Valley, Gentleman Jack and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright has a new TV series in the pipeline - and it sounds brilliant.

The multi-BAFTA winning writer is the brains behind The Ballad of Renegade Nell, which will air on Disney Plus over 8 episodes.

It's a swashbuckling 18th Century family adventure with a female heroine at its heart, and has been described as a "stylish, witty and surprising romp."

Sally tweeted her joy at the announcement, saying, "Very excited about this!'

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It's also been created by the production company behind Gentleman Jack, Lookout Point.

Here's everything we know about the series so far...

The Battle of Renegade Nell: What's it about?

The newly released synopsis reads: "When she’s framed for murder, Nell Jackson is forced into a life of highway robbery, along with her two orphaned sisters Roxanne and George.

Aided by a plucky little spirit called Billy Blind, Nell realises that fate has put her on the wrong side of the law for a reason, a reason much bigger than she could’ve ever imagined, a reason that goes right up to Queen Anne and beyond, to the struggle for power raging across the battlefields of Europe."

Photo credit: MATT SQUIRE - BBC
Photo credit: MATT SQUIRE - BBC

Sally, who is also executive producing the series says, “I can’t wait to bring swashbuckling highwaywoman Nell Jackson to the screen. Nell’s a ball of irreverent, blustering energy, fighting against the privileged gatekeepers of English society in 1705, battling to contain mysterious forces within her and her enemies as she goes on the run with her two sisters."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"In Nell Jackson, Sally has conjured up yet another instantly iconic female lead," says Faith Penhale, Lookout Point CEO and Executive Producer.

"Her wit, warmth and boundless capacity for invention will make our journey through Nell’s riotous imagined life a very special ride indeed and viewers of all ages around the world will love the way Sally blends history and magic to create an utterly original, endlessly entertaining world."

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