After a highly anticipated year-long wait, the BBC finally premiered the first episode of its new period drama Gentleman Jack last Sunday on 19 May. The show, which stars Doctor Foster‘s Suranne Jones as the lead, became an instant hit with viewers and now, less than a week later, the BBC has confirmed a second season is happening.
Set in the 19th century, the Victorian drama stars Suranne as real-life British society figure Anne Lister, a rebellious Yorkshire landowner who lived a uniquely adventurous life, travelling the world and climbing mountains. She was the ‘first modern lesbian’ and the show is based on her real-life journals.
Despite having just kicked off the first season, the BBC has already confirmed that they will be working on a second season after receiving a whopping 5.6 million viewers with its opening episode.
Fans were not only blown away by Suranne’s performance as the sexy, self-assured Anne, but many took to Twitter to explain the importance of the show with one viewer, tweeting: ‘I’m just so thankful for #GentlemanJack — I can’t even put into words how validating it feels to know that such a historic woman was so sure of herself and her sexuality and seeing it played out in such an inspiring story on prime time BBC is so special’
Meanwhile another tweeted: ‘I swear whatever role Suranne Jones plays she just draws you in and captivates you 😍 unreal talent #GentlemanJack’
I’m just so thankful for #GentlemanJack — I can’t even put into words how validating it feels to know that such a historic woman was so sure of herself and her sexuality and seeing it played out in such an inspiring story on prime time BBC is so special
— emily (@villanellle) May 19, 2019
I swear whatever role Suranne Jones plays she just draws you in and captivates you 😍 unreal talent #GentlemanJack
— Lucy 🏃🏼♀️ (@luce_athletics) May 19, 2019
Commenting on the huge success of the debut, the show’s writer Sally Wainwright, said: ‘It’s so exciting that so many people have had such a positive response to Suranne’s exuberant performance as the brilliant, life-affirming Anne Lister and to Sophie’s beautiful performance as her courageous partner, Ann Walker.’
She continued: ‘I’m utterly delighted that we’ve been recommissioned, because there are so many more big, bold stories to tell about Anne Lister and Ann Walker. A massive thank you to the BBC and HBO and to everyone at Lookout Point.’
Similarly, Suranne said: ‘I’m so thrilled that I will be joining Sally Wainwright on the second part of Anne’s journey. We always dreamed there would be more and now we get to play it all out. A huge thank you to the BBC, HBO and Lookout Point for giving us our second series.
‘It’s such amazing and positive news. I love working with the brilliant and talented Sophie Rundle and can’t wait to create some more Lister and Walker moments with her too.’