BBC One and HBO has set the cast for their co-production Gentleman Jack, which is being toplined by Suranne Jones.
Joining the cast of the eight episode drama series is Sophie Rundle (Bodyguard), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Timothy West (Bleak House), Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary), Stephanie Cole (Still Open All Hours), Peter Davison (Doctor Who), Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey), Vincent Franklin (Happy Valley) and Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch).
Gentleman Jack tells the story of Anne Lister (Suranne Jones), who returns to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1832, determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home Shibden Hall. The drama will explore Anne Lister’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals, who will use any dirty tricks they can to bring her down. At its heart is Anne’s relationship with her would-be wife, Ann Walker.
Sophie Rundle has been cast as Ann Walker, the wealthy heiress who Anne Lister soon sets her sights on marrying; Gemma Whelan as Marian, Anne Lister’s sister; Timothy West as Jeremy Lister, Anne and Marian’s father; Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister; Stephanie Cole as Ann Walker’s Aunt; Peter Davison as William Priestley, Ann Walker’s cousin; Amelia Bullmore as Eliza Priestley, William’s wife; Vincent Franklin as Christopher Rawson, businessman and fierce rival to Anne Lister; and Shaun Dooley as Jeremiah Rawson, Christopher’s brother and business partner Jeremiah.
Rounding out the cast is Rosie Cavaliero (Hold The Sunset, Unforgotten) as Elizabeth Cordingley, Joe Armstrong (Darkest Hour, Britannia, Happy Valley) as Samuel Washington, Jodhi May (Genius, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard) as Vere Hobart, Thomas Howes (Downton Abbey, United) as John Booth, Jessica Baglow (Waterloo Road) as Rachael Hemingway, and newcomers Albane Courtois as Eugénie Pierre and Ben Hunter as Joseph Booth.
Gentleman Jack hails from Happy Valley scribe Sally Wainwright and is based in historical fact. The story of Anne Lister was recorded in the four million words of her diaries that contain the most intimate details of her life, once hidden in a secret code that is now broken. Many of the diary extracts have been decoded for the very first time for the series. Lookout Point are producing, with Wainright and Sarah Harding serving as the directors. Phil Collinson is the series producer. HBO is co-producing and will air the series in the United States. The executive producers are Sally Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Laura Lankester for Lookout Point, Ben Irving for BBC One, and Francesca Orsi and Kathleen McCaffrey for HBO.