Gentleman Jack season 2: Start date and trailer revealed for return of groundbreaking period drama

Find out everything you need to know about series two of Gentleman Jack, the BBC period drama starring Suranne Jones.

By Becky Gamester-Newton Updated: 28 March 2022 - 5.14pm

Gentleman Jack is back.

The period drama based on the real life of landowner and industrialist Anne Lister, starring Suranne Jones in the lead role, returns in April to BBC One and HBO Max.

Based on her diaries, which revealed a lifetime of lesbian relationships, the show was hugely well-received by fans and critics alike.

Find out everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated season 2 right here.

Gentleman Jack release date

Gentleman Jack series two will premiere on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday, April 10th.

New episodes will be released weekly.

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Gentleman Jack cast for season 2

Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle in Gentleman Jack season 2 HBO/Lookout Point

Suranne Jones, who stars as real-life lesbian industrialist Anne Lister, and Sophie Rundle who plays Anne’s wife Ann, will both return.

Off the back of her recent BAFTA Best Actress win, The Larkins star Joanna Scanlan joins as a guest star in season 2, playing Anne Lister’s outrageous former lover Isabella ‘Tib’ Norcliffe.

Also returning to Shibden Hall for Gentleman Jack series two are:

  • Gemma Whelan as Marian Lister
  • Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister
  • Timothy West as Jeremy Lister
  • Jodhi May as Lady Vere Cameron
  • Katherine Kelly as Elizabeth Sutherland
  • Derek Riddell as Captain George Sutherland
  • Stephanie Cole as Aunt Ann Walker
  • Peter Davison as William Priestley
  • Amelia Bullmore as Eliza Priestley
  • Vincent Franklin as Christopher Rawson
  • Shaun Dooley as Jeremiah Rawson
  • Rosie Cavaliero as Elizabeth Cordingley
  • Joe Armstrong as Samuel Washington
  • Anthony Flanagan as Ben Sowden
  • George Costigan as James Holt.

What is season 2 of Gentleman Jack about?

Gentleman Jack season 2 first look HBO / Lookout Point

The BBC has revealed the following details about season 2:

"Yorkshire, 1834. All eyes are on Anne Lister and Ann Walker as they set up home together at Shibden Hall as wife and wife, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple. Anne Lister’s entrepreneurial spirit frightens the locals as much as her unconventional love life and, with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile becomes provocative and dangerous.

"Series two will again use the real life diaries of Anne Lister - part of which were written in code - as its source, with every part of Lister’s story based in historical fact and the five million words she wrote in her journals."

In an interview with Digital Spy, creator Sally Wainwright revealed the series will be about Anne and Ann’s relationship progressing, and that the content of Anne’s diaries will continue to inspire the plot.

She said: “They move into Shibden together in series 2 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.

“There's no end of stories, the diaries, this huge wealth of knowledge."

If the series sticks with the couple’s real-life story, we may expect them to travel around more.

And in terms of storylines from the first season, we’d love to know if Anne gets the better of the Rawson brothers!

Where to watch Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack season 1 is available on BBC iPlayer.

Season 2 of Gentleman Jack will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 9pm on Sunday, April 10th.