And the BBC has revealed new details of the next season of the hit historical drama starring Suranne Jones as Anne Lister.
The second series will be set in 1834 when Lister and her wife Ann Walker, played by Sophie Rundle, are determined to combine their estates and become a power couple.
The BBC said: “Anne Lister’s entrepreneurial spirit frightens the locals as much as her unconventional love life and, with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile becomes provocative and dangerous.”
Series two will again faithfully follow Lister’s famous diary.
The series, much of which is filmed at Shibden Hall, will also star Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister and Timothy West as Jeremy Lister.
Gemma Whelan will reprise her role as Anne’s hapless sister Marian while Vincent Franklin will be back as Anne’s business rival and nemesis Christopher Rawson.
Director Sally Wainwright says: “I’m more thrilled than I’ve ever been about anything that we’re returning with a new series of Gentleman Jack. We’ve had such an extraordinary response from so many viewers all over the world about the first series, and I can’t wait to show them what we’ve come up with this time.
“Their excitement for the show has been a joy, and an inspiration. I’ve been in a little bit of heaven once again spending so much time deep in Anne’s diaries as I’ve written the scripts, and can’t wait to see the fabulous, joyous magic and detail that Suranne and Sophie will bring to it all.
“As ever it’s been a real pleasure working with Faith and the super cool team at Lookout Point, and our wonderful supportive teams at the BBC and HBO. I’m so excited and happy for this series, I hope people love it as much as they did the first.”
Suranne Jones says: “I’m so happy to be back in beautiful Yorkshire, back with my favourite team, back with Sophie and this amazing cast and of course I’m so honoured to be returning as Anne Lister. Sally’s scripts are detailed and wonderfully human as ever.”
Sophie Rundle adds: “I feel very lucky to be heading back to Halifax to tell more of this extraordinary story that has meant so much to so many people all over the world. It is a privilege to be able to make more of this brilliant, brave show with such a talented cast and crew.”
‘Gentleman Jack’ was a secret derogatory nickname for Lister (1791-1840) who is considered to be the world’s first modern lesbian.
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She was also a fearsome businesswoman – rare for her time – and a prolific diarist.
The first series of Gentleman Jack, shown in the US on HBO, has been enjoyed by millions of viewers and has vastly increased tourism in Halifax.