Gentleman Jack season 2

Gentleman Jack season 2: Suranne Jones shares behind-the-scenes photos

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Suranne Jones has shared behind-the-scenes photos from Gentleman Jack filming, and we have a lot of questions about the hit show’s upcoming second season.

Suranne Jones fans (that includes most of us, right?) are currently waiting for her new BBC thriller, Vigil, to arrive. 

Although we still don’t have a release date for the series, first-look photos have been shared, which suggests it will be arriving later in 2021. 

And, considering it’s made by the same people behind Line of Duty and Bodyguard, we’re pretty confident that it’s going to be worth the wait. 

In the meantime, Jones has been busy working on the second season of her hit period drama, Gentleman Jack

To mark the start of filming last November, Jones shared a behind-the-scenes photo of her in costume, wearing a facemask embroidered with the words: “What would Anne Lister do?”

Suranne Jones as Anne Lister
Gentleman Jack season 2: Suranne Jones as Anne Lister.

What will Gentleman Jack season two be about?

The second season will again use the real-life diaries of Anne Lister – a 19th century landowner whose blue plaque describes her as a “lesbian and diarist” (but who was so much more than that). Based on historical fact, Anne’s story in the series uses the 5 million words she wrote in her journals, of which some parts were coded.

Set in Yorkshire in 1834 , it will continue to follow Anne and Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) as they set up home together at Shibden Hall as wife and wife, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple. Anne’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.

Who stars in the second season of Gentleman Jack?

Returning to Shibden Hall for the new season are Gemma Whelan as Marian Lister, Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister, and Timothy West as Jeremy Lister. Joanna Scanlan (No Offence, The Thick Of It) will join as guest cast for series two in the role of Anne Lister’s outrageous former lover Isabella ‘Tib’ Norcliffe.

The show’s creator, Sally Wainwright, has talked about working on the new season, saying in a press statement: “I’ve been in a little bit of heaven once again spending so much time deep in Anne’s diaries as I’ve written the scripts, and can’t wait to see the fabulous, joyous magic and detail that Suranne and Sophie will bring to it all.”

Jones added: “I’m so happy to be back in beautiful Yorkshire, back with my favourite team, back with Sophie and this amazing cast and of course I’m so honoured to be returning as Anne Lister. Sally’s scripts are detailed and wonderfully human as ever.”

She’s also been sharing more behind-the-scenes photographs on Instagram.

Rundle also said: “I feel very lucky to be heading back to Halifax to tell more of this extraordinary story that has meant so much to so many people all over the world. It is a privilege to be able to make more of this brilliant, brave show with such a talented cast and crew.”

When will Gentleman Jack return to TV?

Although we don’t yet have a release date for when Gentleman Jack will be back on our screens, you can use this time in lockdown to catch up with the first season on BBC iPlayer. 

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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…