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.
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