Gentleman Jack: Season 1 (2019)

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Suranne Jones' boundless charisma brings the indomitable Anne Lister to vivid life in Gentleman Jack, a gently revelatory series that mines terrific humor from the icon's unapologetic forward-thinkingness - although the series isn't as willing to ruffle feathers as she was.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2019

Series premiere. In 1932 Halifax, Anne Lister returns to Shibden Hall, having discovered that her would-be companion, the aristocratic Vere Hobart, has accepted a marriage proposal from a man. Despite her affection for her elderly aunt, Lister is frustrated by the shabbiness of her ancestral home and finds her father and long-suffering sister difficult to live with.

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Air date: Apr 29, 2019

Lister begins a playful but dangerous courtship of Ann Walker; Lister's plan to excavate her coal mines brings her into the path of local magistrate Christopher Rawson and his brother Jeremiah; Lister's servant offers a solution to Eugénie's problem.

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Air date: May 6, 2019

Lister confides her hopes for a future with Ann Walker to her aunt, as Mrs. Priestley's inkling about the two women's relationship presents a threat. Meanwhile, John Booth is surprised at his own romantic success.

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Air date: May 13, 2019

Dr. Belcombe confirms that Lister is the perfect tonic for Ann Walker's nervous disorder. When news of a friend's death arrives, Ann's desperate reaction makes Lister suspect that she has secrets of her own.

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Air date: May 20, 2019

Reverend Ainsworth arrives in Halifax and, with encouragement from Mrs. Priestley, sets his sights on Ann Walker. Meanwhile, Lister presses on with the transformation of her estate, but her ambitious plans threaten to lead her into trouble.

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Air date: May 27, 2019

Ann Walker's mental state is in a downward spiral, so Lister is forced to contemplate traveling to Europe alone, despite her family's warnings that doing so will raise eyebrows. Aunt Anne and Captain Lister endure another visit from the irritating Mr. Abbott, while Marian remains peeved that her sister is absent once again. Lister reopens her coal-mine negotiations with the powerful Rawson brothers. Thomas Sowden's secret casts a cloud over his budding relationship with Suzannah Washington.

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Air date: Jun 3, 2019

Before setting off for Europe to escape her heartache, Lister invites Christopher Rawson to Shibden to rebuke him for publicly insulting Marian. Later, Lister comes up with a bold strategy to mine her own coal and expose the Rawson brothers' industrial-scale theft. In Scotland, Ann Walker becomes increasingly distressed when she discovers that her brother-in-law, Captain Sutherland, plans to marry her off to his penniless cousin.

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Air date: Jun 10, 2019

The life of Anne Lister back in the height of the Industrial Revolution.

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Series 1 follows Anne Listers efforts to restore Shibden Hall to its former glory.

Cast & Crew

Albane Courtois
Eugénie Pierre
Timothy West
Jeremy Lister
Rosie Cavaliero
Elizabeth Cordingley
Shaun Dooley
Jeremiah Rawson
Suranne Jones
Anne Lister
Sophie Rundle
Ann Walker
Gemma Whelan
Marian Lister
Vincent Franklin
Christopher Rawson
Jodhi May
Vere Hobart
Joe Armstrong
Samuel Washington
Jessica Baglow
Rachael Hemingway
Amelia Bullmore
Eliza Priestley
Gemma Jones
Aunt Anne Lister
Stephanie Cole
Ann Walker's Aunt
Sofie Gråbøl
Queen Marie of Denmark
Ben Hunter
Joseph Booth
Katherine Kelly
Elizabeth Sutherland
Thomas Howes
John Booth
Peter Davison
William Priestley
Tom Lewis
Thomas
Laura Lankester
Sarah Harding
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Critic Reviews for Gentleman Jack Season 1

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (22)

"Gentleman Jack" is British period drama, and it's also a lot of fun.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Reveals everything that is wrong with colour-by-numbers costume dramas -- because it isn't one... It's not so much that it's a different story (though it is) as that it's a different way of doing that story.

May 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Can you tell that I think Gentleman Jack is huge fun?... This, of course, is largely thanks to its prodigiously talented and singular writer, Sally Wainwright, who has given herself license not to worry too much about Victorian mores.

May 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It's hard to craft a drama around a person who seems to be invulnerable... The pity is that Anne Lister, a truly audacious, difficult, and groundbreaking woman, ends up with a biographical portrait that's anything but.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Precise, attentive, and beguiling, Jones is such a gust of fresh air, it's tough for the series around her to keep up.

Apr 22, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Between Wainwright's crisp, fair-minded scripts and star Suranne Jones' flawless performance, it's tempting to believe that Anne Lister was the most fascinating person of the 19th century...

Apr 19, 2019 | Full Review…
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A sensible, sensual and captivating drama. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Suranne Jones does a tremendous job of conveying the struggle of a woman who constantly chafes against the life she's supposed to live.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Capitalizing on the extraordinary story of Lister, Season 1 unpacks gender performance, sexuality, and female desire; the script is full of thoughtful, sardonic writing.

Dec 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Gentleman Jack brightly but also quietly investigates Anne's unusual life with a winning mixture of humor and charm, giving context to modern gender politics by looking to a pioneer from the past.

Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Gentleman Jack proudly celebrates queer history.

Jun 12, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Gentleman Jack has shifted the dial.

Jul 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gentleman Jack: Season 1

  • Oct 12, 2020
    Suranne Jones is absolutely brilliant in this and carries the series through. There are no bad episodes, the sets and clothing are spot on, i also really like the occasional acknowledgement and look at the camera, a nice touch.
  • Aug 30, 2020
    True to life story of an accomplished unconventional woman.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    It did not compel me to watch. Frankly, it was boring. And I love Suranne Jones. (Dr. Foster)
  • Jan 25, 2020
    The best series since game of thrones great acting and the writing is excellent
  • Jan 10, 2020
    I haven't identified this closely with a character since reading Jane Eyre in junior high. Such an incredible relief to see a female character whose problems are mostly external, who's not struggling with self-doubt.
  • Jan 04, 2020
    Love this show! Superb acting and script.
  • Oct 22, 2019
    This is a great story and is shot very well with a perfect balance of drama and comedic relief and a bit of romance
  • Oct 12, 2019
    Just discovered this one on HBO. Lead actress has a unequaled charisma. Good old-fashioned storytelling.
  • Aug 28, 2019
    Suranne is brillant.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    The serie is very witty and pleasurable to watch. The strong character of Anne Lister is not the only good thing in the serie, though. I really appreciated the looks staight into the camera, which made it even more interesting to watch. It is a well written story with good acting and amazing costumes.

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