By Awesome TV
HBO/BBC DRAMA SERIES GENTLEMAN JACK, CREATED, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY SALLY WAINWRIGHT, DEBUTS APRIL 22 ON HBO
The HBO/BBC drama series GENTLEMAN JACK beginsits eight-episode season MONDAY, APRIL 22 (10:00-11:00p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Created, written and co-directed bySally Wainwright (“Happy Valley,” “Last Tango in Halifax”),and starring BAFTA Award winner Suranne Jones (“DoctorFoster,” “Save Me”), GENTLEMAN JACK tells the story ofa woman who had a passion for life and a mind forbusiness, and bucked society’s expectations at every turn.
The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO,HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.GENTLEMAN JACK will air in the UK on BBC One thisspring.
Set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, WestYorkshire – the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution– GENTLEMAN JACK focuses on landowner Anne Lister,who is determined to transform the fate of her fadedancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coalmines and marrying well. The charismatic, single-minded,swashbuckling Lister – who dresses head-to-toe in blackand charms her way into high society – has no intention ofmarrying a man.
The story examines Lister’s relationships with her family,servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, mostimportantly, would-be wife. Based in historical fact, thereal-life Anne Lister’s story was recorded in the four millionwords of her diaries, and the most intimate details of herlife, once hidden in a secret code, have been decoded andrevealed for the series.
GENTLEMAN JACK co-stars: Sophie Rundle(“Bodyguard,” “Peaky Blinders”) as Ann Walker, thewealthy heiress on whom Anne Lister sets her sights as aprospective wife; Gemma Whelan (HBO’s “Game ofThrones”; “The Moorside”) as Anne Lister’s sister, Marian;Timothy West (“Last Tango in Halifax,” “Bleak House”) asJeremy Lister, the sisters’ father; and Gemma Jones(“God’s Own Country,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary”) as AuntAnne Lister.
The additional cast includes: Katherine Kelly (“HappyValley,” CINEMAX’s “Strike Back”) as ElizabethSutherland, Ann Walker’s sister; Sofie Gråbøl (“TheKilling,” “Fortitude”) as Queen Marie of Denmark;Stephanie Cole (“Waiting for God,” “Still Open All Hours”)as Ann Walker’s aunt; Peter Davison (“Liar,” “Doctor Who”)as William Priestley, Ann Walker’s cousin; AmeliaBullmore (“Happy Valley,” “Scott & Bailey”) as ElizaPriestley, William Priestley’s wife; Vincent Franklin(“Cucumber,” “Happy Valley”) as Christopher Rawson, abusinessman and fierce rival to Anne Lister; Shaun Dooley(“Gunpowder,” “Broadchurch”) as Jeremiah, Christopher’sbrother and business partner; Joe Armstrong (“DarkestHour,” “Happy Valley”) as Samuel Washington; Jodhi May(“Genius,” “The Amazing Mrs Pritchard”) as Vere Hobart;Rosie Cavaliero (“Hold the Sunset,” “Unforgotten”) asElizabeth Cordingley; Thomas Howes (“Downton Abbey,”“United”) as John Booth; Jessica Baglow (“WaterlooRoad”) as Rachael Hemingway; and newcomers AlbaneCourtois as Eugénie Pierre and Ben Hunter as JosephBooth.
GENTLEMAN JACK is directed by Sally Wainwright,Sarah Harding (“Vikings,” “Queer as Folk”) and JenniferPerrott (“Doctor Who”); produced by Lookout Point forHBO and BBC One; executive producers, SallyWainwright, Faith Penhale and Laura Lankester forLookout Point and Ben Irving for BBC One; producer, PhilCollinson.