A portrayal of Anne Lister filmed at Shibden Hall
The story of Anne - the 19th century landowner known as the 'first modern lesbian' has been brought to television screens across the world in the eight-part period drama series 'Gentleman Jack'. The BBC & HBO production by Lookout Point has a starring cast, including Suranne Jones playing the main role of 'Gentleman Jack' Anne Lister. Along with Sophie Ruddle, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West and Peter Davison. The series written by Sally Wainwright was partly filmed at Shibden Hall and explores the life of Lister and those who lived in the Hall and Estate. The first episode was on the BBC on Sunday 19th May at 9pm on BBC1. Series Two will be filmed in 2020.
Series One was filmed on location at Shibden during 2018. You can visit the Hall and Estate to discover more about Anne Lister and 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
© Lookout Point
About the show
The drama series from Sally Wainwright, which focuses on the story of Anne Lister at Shibden Hall was aired on BBC One on Sunday 19th May at 9pm and in the US on HBO on 22nd April 2019. Series Two will be filmed in 2020 and most likely air in 2021.
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.
Series Two has been confirmed and is being filmed in 2020.
Learn more about Anne in our online Introduction to Anne Lister (1791-1840).
Our publication Anne Lister of Shibden Hall available to by from our online shop here, gives a great introduction to Anne, her diaries and Shibden Hall.
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.
Shibden will open form the 2nd March 2020 until the end of May. It will be closed in June/July and again in September/October for filming.
You can find more opening times and 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 some 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 and will be closed again for periods in 2020.
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.