HBO and BBC have announced that queer period drama Gentleman Jack has been renewed for a second season.
Francesca Orsi, executive vice president, HBO Drama Programming said, “We’re thrilled that Anne Lister’s story has resonated so powerfully with audiences in the U.S. and abroad, and we’re grateful to Sally Wainwright and the entire Gentleman Jack family for bringing her story to life.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said, “Gentleman Jack exudes sass and originality, and has been a huge hit with our BBC One audience. We look forward to continuing Anne Lister’s journey with Sally, Suranne and the rest of the team.”
From Sally Wainwright (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax), Gentleman Jack tells the story of Anne Lister (Suranne Jones), a noted landowner who’s looking to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well. Set in 1832, the series explores Anne’s relationships with her family, servants, tenants, and industrial rivals, as well as her would-be wife.
In addition to Jones, Gentleman Jack stars Sophie Rundle, Joe Armstrong, Amelia Bullmore, Rosie Cavaliero, and Gemma Whelan, among others.
It’s part of a drama slate for HBO that includes Westworld, My Brilliant Friend, Big Little Lies, The Deuce, and Succession. The premium cable network will be debuting teen drama Euphoria, family drama Years & Years, comic drama Watchmen, and fantasy drama His Dark Materials later this year.