‘Gentleman Jack’ recap: What happened in Episode 5?

Gentleman Jack continued on BBC One in the UK tonight.

Based on the diaries of Anne Lister, played by Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones, the series is created, written and directed by Last Tango In Halifax creator Sally Wainwright.

Here’s a plot recap for the fifth episode, which aired at 9pm on Sunday 16th June 2019:

The widowed Reverend Ainsworth arrives in Halifax with his sights set on Ann Walker’s hand in marriage, as well as a position at a local church.

Eliza Priestley – who remains bitterly angry with Anne Lister since she caught her kissing Ann Walker – encourages unctuous Ainsworth’s predatory plans.

Aware that Ainsworth’s attentions are stirring up painful memories for her lover, Anne Lister sets out to deal with the clergyman in her own inimitable manner.

She soon realises however that there are greater demons inside Ann Walker’s troubled mind, as the scrutiny of another member of Ann’s tribe of friends and relations poses a further threat to their relationship.

Anne presses on with the transformation of her estate, but there are signs that her ambitious plans could also be about to lead her into trouble.

Meanwhile Marian remains impressed with Mr Abbott, and a discovery in the pig-sty gives Mary Sowden reason to suspect that Thomas is lying about exactly how his father disappeared.

The book The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister is available to buy on Amazon.