‘Gentleman Jack’ Season 1 finale recap: What happened in Episode 8?

The first season of Gentleman Jack concluded 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 eighth episode, which aired at 9pm on Sunday 7th July 2019:

Following a four-week journey north from Paris to Copenhagen chaperoning Miss Sophie Ferrall (the flirtatious sister of the aristocratic Countess Blucher), Anne Lister finds that the doors of Danish high society open effortlessly for her.

Her delight in her glittering surroundings, along with her charisma and eccentricity, win her an audience with Queen Marie, who invites her to her birthday ball, where she will be obliged to dress entirely in white.

Despite the pleasure Anne takes in all this, it’s clear that inside she still struggles with the crushing disappointment of her estrangement from Ann Walker.

When difficult news arrives from home, Anne is faced with a decision: whether to stay where she has found acceptance and appreciation, or to dutifully go home, back to where her heart was broken.

In Scotland, a shocking discovery about Captain Sutherland leads Ann Walker to make a bold resolution about her own future.

An unexpected visitor at Upper Southolm Farm threatens to finally expose Thomas Sowden’s macabre secret.

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