HBO and BBC have renewed Gentleman Jack for a second season midway through the series’ eight-episode first season. Season one debuted on April 22, 2019 and will wrap up on June 10th. New episodes air on Mondays at 10pm ET/PT.
BAFTA Award winner Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) stars along with Sophie Rundle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, and Gemma Jones.
Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley) created the drama, writes, and co-directs. Wainwright also executive produces with Faith Penhale, Laura Lankester, and Ben Irving. Phil Collinson serves as a producer.
“We’re thrilled that Anne Lister’s story has resonated so powerfully with audiences in the U.S. and abroad, and we’re grateful to Sally Wainwright and the entire Gentleman Jack family for bringing her story to life,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president, HBO Drama Programming. “Anne’s journey is an important and courageous one and we can’t wait to share this next season with the world.”
“It’s so exciting that so many people have had such a positive response to Suranne’s exuberant performance as the brilliant, life-affirming Anne Lister and to Sophie Rundle’s beautiful performance as her courageous partner, Ann Walker,” stated Sally Wainwright. “I’m utterly delighted that we’ve been recommissioned, because there are so many more big, bold stories to tell about Anne Lister and Ann Walker. A massive thank you to the BBC and HBO and to everyone at Lookout Point.”
“I’m so thrilled that I will be joining Sally Wainwright on the second part of Anne’s journey,” added series star Suranne Jones. “We always dreamed there would be more, and now we get to play it all out. A huge thank you to the BBC, HBO and Lookout Point for giving us our second series. It’s such amazing and positive news. I love working with the brilliant and talented Sophie Rundle and can’t wait to create some more Lister and Walker moments with her too.”
The Season 1 Plot:
“Set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire – the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution – Gentleman Jack follows Anne Lister, who is determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. But the charismatic, single-minded, swashbuckling Lister – who dresses head-to-toe in black and charms her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man.
Based in historical fact, the show examines Lister’s relationships with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most importantly, would-be wife. The real-life Anne Lister’s story was recorded in the five million words of her diaries, and the most intimate details of her life, once hidden in a secret code, have been decoded and revealed for the series.”