Gentleman Jack season 2: Cast, plot, release date and everything you need to know about the 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 Published: 12 July 2021 - 2.57pm
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BBC Sophie Rundle and Suranne Jones star in Gentleman Jack season 2

Gentleman Jack is a period drama based on the real life of landowner and industrialist Anne Lister.

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.

Will there be a season 2 of Gentleman Jack?

Yes! Filming began in late 2020, and in May 2021 a behind-the-scenes image was shared on Instagram:

However, the show’s star Suranne Jones also shared an update from her Instagram account at the end of April, saying that there was a break in filming in summer 2021.

Gentleman Jack release date

There’s no release date yet and the show is still in production. Given the break in filming in summer 2021, and with at least another two months’ worth to go, we wouldn’t expect the new series to be shown until sometime in 2022.

Gentleman Jack cast for season 2

Suranne Jones, Gemma Jones, Gemma Whelan and Timothy West could all return to Gentleman Jack season 2 BBC

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

A full cast list has yet to be confirmed, but we would assume that actors Gemma Whelan (Marian), Timothy West (Captain Lister), Gemma Jones (Anne Lister’s aunt, who is also called Anne), Peter Davison (William Priestley), Amelia Bullmore (Eliza Priestley), Rosie Cavaliero (Elizabeth Cordingley), Joe Armstrong (Samuel Washington) and Tom Lewis (Thomas Sowden) will also be back in West Yorkshire.

What’s season 2 about?

Sophie Rundle and Suranne Jones will star in Gentleman Jack season 2 BBC

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.

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