‘Gentleman Jack’ trailer: ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ writer’s new BBC period drama – watch!

The first trailer has been released for the BBC’s Gentleman Jack.

The new eight-part period drama is created, written and directed by Sally Wainwright, creator of Last Tango In HalifaxTo Walk Invisible and Happy Valley.

Gentleman Jack is based on the diaries of remarkable Regency landowner Anne Lister, who – after years of exotic travel and social climbing – returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall.

Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones is playing Anne Lister, alongside Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) as Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress who Anne Lister soon sets her sights on marrying.

Watch the trailer:

The cast also includes Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) as Anne Lister’s sister Marian, Timothy West (Last Tango In Halifax) as their father Jeremy Lister, and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary) as Aunt Anne Lister, with Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey), Vincent Franklin (Happy Valley), Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch), Joe Armstrong (Happy Valley).

Gentleman Jack is set to begin next month on BBC One in the UK and will air in the USA later this year on HBO.

The official synopsis reads: “Gentleman Jack is a remarkable and unlikely love story, set in the complex, changing world of Halifax – the cradle of the industrial revolution. The drama will explore Anne Lister’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals, who will use any dirty tricks they can to bring her down. At its heart is Anne’s relationship with her would-be wife, Ann Walker.”

Sarah Lancashire recently revealed some great news for fans of Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax.

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