‘Gentleman Jack’ writer reveals what’s ahead in Season 2

The creator of Gentleman Jack has given the first hints about the next season.

The period drama series was renewed for a second season in May, after the first episode became the most successful launch for a new BBC drama in 2019 so far.

Based on the diaries of remarkable Regency landowner Anne Lister, the series is set in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832.

Gentleman Jack writer Sally Wainwright has been chatting to Digital Spy about what the future holds for Anne (Suranne Jones) and Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) in Season 2.

She revealed: “They move into Shibden together in series two and it’s about how they negotiate their married life, conspicuously in public, and how they deal with their detractors and the effect that has on their relationship as well.”

Wainwright also spoke about the show’s current relevance, especially following the attack on a lesbian couple on a bus in London last month.

She said: “I hoped it was relevant … that now we can have a drama in which the lead is a gay woman, 9 o’clock mainstream, Sunday night drama in which the main characters are two gay women.

“But becoming aware of those stories in the last few weeks, it is relevant and sadly pertinent that Anne Lister got beaten up at the end of episode five and that’s still happening now.”

Gentleman Jack will return with another eight episodes in 2020 on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the USA.

Doctor Foster star Suranne Jones, who plays Anne, recently commented: “We always dreamed there would be more and now we get to play it all out … 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.”

Season 1 is available to watch on Amazon Prime.