A portrayal of Anne Lister filmed at Shibden Hall
The story of Anne - the 19th century landowner known as the "first modern lesbian" is being brought to TV screens across the world. This is in a new eight part period drama series 'Gentleman Jack' in 2019. A BBC & HBO production with a starring cast, such as Suranne Jones playing the main role of 'Gentleman Jack' Anne Lister. Along with Sophie Ruddle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West and Peter Davison. The show is written by Sally Wainwright and partly filmed at Shiben Hall. The series explores the life of Lister and those who lived in the Hall and Estate. The shows first episode was on the BBC on Sunday 19th May at 9pm on BBC1. The show was very well received and viewers were impressed at the empowering of women in the period drama about the lesbian Anne Lister.
The series was filmed on location at Shibden during 2018. You can visit the Hall and Estate to discover more about Anne Lister. You can see areas of the Hall where the series was filmed. While in the area you can Explore Anne 'Gentleman Jack' Lister's Halifax or extend your visit and consider a two day Gentleman Jack adventure for heritage lovers or literary lovers.
Official trailer for Gentleman Jack, a drama about the life of Anne Lister
On the red carpet at the Gentleman Jack premiere with Suranne Jones
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About the show
The drama series from Sally Wainwright, which focuses on the story of Anne Lister at Shibden Hall. It had it's first episode aired on BBC1 on Sunday 19th May at 9pm.
The series began airing in the US on HBO on 22nd April.
A BBC & HBO production with a starring cast, featuring Suranne Jones playing the main role of 'Gentleman Jack' Anne Lister. Along with Sophie Ruddle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West and Peter Davison and more. The show is written by Sally Wainwright. Sally also wrote Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley, and Scott & Bailey.
Anne has featured in a number of TV and radio dramas and documentaries over the years. Most notable was a feature length drama written by Jane English called The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister on BBC Two in 2010 starring Maxine Peake as Anne.
The eight episodes of 'Gentleman Jack' cover two years of Anne's life from 1832. There is scope for more of her life to be explored, however nothing is yet confirmed. We will let you know as soon as we know any more.
Learn more about Anne in our online Introduction to Anne Lister (1791-1840).
Our publication Anne Lister of Shibden Hall is available on Amazon UK gives a great introduction and 'all you need to know' about Anne.
Her diaries and the travel notes she created have recently been conserved and digitized. The new high resolution scans can be viewed online at the West Yorkshire Archive Service Online Catalogue.
At Shibden Hall you can view items that relate directly to Anne and walk in her home and the parklands she created.
More information can be found online:
Yes, Shibden Hall and Estate are regularly open to visitors all year round.
The Hall is open from March to October, Monday to Thursday 10am - 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm. It is closed on Fridays. Tickets are £5 for an adult and £4 for child or concession. You can find more ticket information on the Shibden Hall information page.
Explore Shibden's beautifully restored grounds commissioned by Anne Lister and influenced by the picturesque landscape movement of the early 19th century.
Shibden Estate is open:
- May to August 8am to 9pm
- September 8am to 7pm
Times for other months in the year can be found on the Shibden Park page.
This was a nickname that locals gave to Anne Lister, most likely as she refused to follow conventions for women at the time and chose to dress in black in a more masculine fashion.
Where possible, the TV series was filmed in the locations where actual events happened.
Shibden Hall, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, was the home of Anne Lister. It is now a Grade II-listed building and museum open to the public. The Hall was temporarily closed to the public to facilitate filming on site in 2018.
Some of the street scenes were filmed locally in Halifax and Bradford, and the Lord Nelson Inn just outside Halifax in Luddenden, features as a tavern in the series.
Other scenes were filmed across the North of England in Huddersfield, York and Liverpool.
What people are saying about Gentleman Jack and Shibden Hall
We’ll let you into a little #BehindTheScenes #GentlemanJack filming - all the scenes at Shibden Hall apart from Anne’s bedroom and study were filmed onsite at Shibden. The cameras were too heavy to be used upstairs at the hall so these scenes were filmed in a studio in Leeds!— Shibden Hall (@ShibdenHall) May 19, 2019
Walked up and recreated the fictional position of "shabby little shibden " this morning alas Suranne was not coming over the hill @HxVisitorCentre @HXCourier @spiceyw @ #SuranneJones #gentlemanjack #bbc #yorkshire #shibden pic.twitter.com/Dn9W4iNttu— markabol photography (@photobymarkabol) May 20, 2019