BBC releases first images of ‘provocative’ season 2

BBC One lesbian drama Gentleman Jack has released the first images of its upcoming second season.

After debuting in 2019, the show instantly became a fan favorite in the LGBTQ+ community for its queer themes and storylines.

It’s based on Anne Lister, an LGBTQ+ icon and columnist dubbed “the first modern lesbian,” who lived in the 1800s and wrote stories about her relationships with women in Secret Code.

Set in Yorkshire with Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) playing the title role, it tells the story of her character’s affair with Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle).

The first season was critically acclaimed and was renewed for a second just days after its first episode aired in the UK in May 2019.

The production faced a series of challenges and delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with filming finally wrapping in October 2021.

While future episodes don’t have an exact release date, it will follow the women, now married, as they settle into their homes and aim to become a power couple.

“Anne Lister’s entrepreneurial spirit scares the locals as much as her unconventional love life and, with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to lay low becomes provocative and dangerous,” reads the logline.

Alongside Jones and Rundle, Gemma Whelan will play Marian Lister, Lydia Leonard will play Mariana Lawton, Gemma Jones will play Aunt Anne Lister and Timothy West will play Jeremy Lister.

Joanna Scanlan is set to join the cast as Isabella ‘Tib’ Norcliffe, Lister’s ex-lover – whose newly released images give a glimpse of.

The second season of Gentleman Jack will air on BBC One and iPlayer this spring, with its HBO release date yet to be announced.

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