Life of bold 19th-century industrialist explored in new series

Suranne Jones (above) plays Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack, written and directed by Sally Wainwright.
Suranne Jones (above) plays Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack, written and directed by Sally Wainwright.PHOTO: HBO/JAY BROOKS
Suranne Jones plays Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack, written and directed by Sally Wainwright (above) .
Suranne Jones plays Anne Lister in Gentleman Jack, written and directed by Sally Wainwright (above) .PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

When English screenwriter Sally Wainwright first pitched her idea for a television series about 19th-century landowner, industrialist and lesbian Anne Lister, she met with apathy. Lister, for all her achievements, was still relatively unknown. And her sexuality counted against her.

Now the climate has changed. Lister is the lead character in Gentleman Jack, Wainwright's series which is available exclusively on HBO Go, with new episodes premiering on Tuesdays at 10am. She comes to life courtesy of actress Suranne Jones.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 25, 2019, with the headline 'Life of bold 19th-century industrialist explored in new series'. Print Edition | Subscribe