Gentleman Jack is described as a remarkable and unlikely love story, set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax – the cradle of the industrial revolution – just as it’s all kicking off. The drama focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by marrying well. The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals; and most importantly, with her would-be-wife, the wealthy heiress Ann Walker.
To restore Shibden Hall to its former glory, Anne must re-open her coal mines and marry well. But this isn’t just another Regency romance. Charismatic, single-minded, swashbuckling Anne Lister – who dressed head-to-foot in black and charmed her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man. True to her own nature, she plans to marry a woman. And not just any woman: the woman Anne Lister marries must be seriously wealthy.
The eight-part drama series will begin filming in 2018.
Sally Wainwright created the drama, will write, direct and executive produce the series. Faith Penhale and Piers Wenger will also serve as EPs while Sanne Wohlenberg will serve as a producer.