Gentleman Jack’s lesbian leads are wife and wife in season two


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Period lesbian drama Gentleman Jack has finally returned for an “uncompromisingly gay” second season, after a three-year break.

Front and centre in the BBC and HBO production is real life lesbian Anne Lister, who in the 19th century was a landowner and social rebel.

The real Anne Lister was a prolific diary writer who meticulously documented much of her life. She wrote about her experiences as a lesbian, a businesswoman and her private marriage ceremony to wife Ann Walker in 1834.

Many of Lister’s diary entries were written in code, and weren’t decrypted until the 1980s. Lister died over a century earlier, at age 49.

The first season of Gentleman Jack debuted in 2019, created by Sally Wainwright. It followed Anne Lister’s real life closely.

The final episode of the season gave Lister and Walker (Suranne Jones and Sue Rundle) a happy ending as they privately exchanging their wedding vows.

Now Gentleman Jack has finally returned for season two, streaming weekly in Australia on BINGE.

Gentleman Jack is streaming in Australia on BINGE

In season two, Anne Lister and Ann Walker set up home together in Lister’s family estate, Shibden Hall. The power couple are determined to combine their fortunes and live as wife and wife.

“For me, season two is always about the marriage and how the marriage plays out in public,” Wainwright told The Wrap.

“And what the pressures on the marriage are once they’ve moved in together at Shibden Hall.”

But the women’s marriage is put to the test. Walker’s family members disapprove of the couple, and frequently try to intervene in her personal life.

As Lister tells Walker, “We are the only people in the whole world, on earth, who want us to be together.”

Wainwright explains, “It’s about how the external pressures from Anne Walker’s family and from Halifax society.

“How those external pressures affect the internal dynamics of their relationship.

“And how hard it was to conduct a marriage like theirs at that time in a society that just had no capacity for it and no language for it either.”

Wainwright describes Lister as intelligent, single-minded and “uncompromisingly gay… a huge part of how courageous she was.”

Season two of Gentleman Jack is streaming in Australia now on BINGE.

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