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Suranne Jones To Star In Sally Wainright Drama Series For HBO & BBC One
Suranne Jones is set to star in Gentleman Jack (fka Shibden Hall), HBO and BBC One’s eight-episode drama series from BAFTA-winning writer Sally Wainwright (To Walk Invisible, Happy Valley). F…
By Denise Petski

Set in 1832 Halifax, Gentleman Jack focuses on landowner Anne Lister (Jones) and her determination to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by marrying well. The story examines Anne’s relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants and her industrial rivals; and most importantly, with her would-be-wife, the wealthy heiress Ann Walker.

To restore Shibden Hall to its former glory, Anne must re-open her coal mines and marry well. But Lister – who dressed head-to-foot in black and charmed her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man. True to her own nature, she plans to marry a woman. And not just any woman: the woman Anne Lister marries must be seriously wealthy.

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Behind the Scenes of Single Father

Interview with DT from the press pack:

And is it true you went bowling with your “family” before the shoot started?
We did indeed. We all had such a laugh and threw ourselves into it from the off. It was a funny one because back at the beginning we were trying to fashion a family bond to try and make the drama feel as real as possible.

Instead of lengthy rehearsals on set, we just hung out and got to know each other bowling and playing football in the park.

Did you beat them at bowling?!
Well, it’s not that I didn’t win, you understand, they were given the bowling “bumpers” as help, which I thought was grossly unfair, quite frankly!

I told them I had been the Scottish Under-17 Bowling Champion just to unnerve them – but it didn’t seem to work. But, at the end of the day, they had the bumpers to help them - not that I’m bitter, not that I’m being competitive against children. I wouldn’t want you to think that!