Gentleman Jack season 2: UK release date, who is cast with Suranne Jones as Anne Lister, is there a trailer?

Suranne Jones returns as Anne Lister in the BBC drama set in Yorkshire

Gentleman Jack, the BBC drama about England’s ‘first modern lesbian’ Anne Lister, is returning for a second season this April.

The first season, which is inspired by the diaries Lister kept, saw her return to West Yorkshire to develop her Shibden Hall estate.

At the end of the first season Lister, known disparagingly as Gentleman Jack, ‘married’ Ann Walker at a church in York.

A new trailer shows that married life may not be plain sailing for the newlyweds, with former flames making a return.

When is the Gentleman Jack season 2 release date?

The second season of the show will air on BBC One on 10 April at 9pm.

There are eight episodes in the second season and they will be released weekly.

Who is in the season 2 cast?

Suranne Jones as Anne Lister

Jones will return as the titular subversive hero of the show.

Season two will see Lister bring her wife to Shibden Hall and tour Europe with her.

Lister’s loyalty to Ann will also be tested as former lovers come back into her life and vie for her affections.

Jones also stars as DCI Silva in submarine detective drama Vigil, and DI Anne Goldman in crime comedy series Touch of Cloth.

Jones starred as the title role in the intense drama series Doctor Foster.

Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker

Sophie Rundle plays Lister’s wife Ann Walker

Anne’s wife Ann will be brought into the spotlight because of the pair’s unconventional love life.

Walker will have to battle social prejudices, the threat of other women, and her own failing health this season.

Rundle has appeared in a great number of drama series including The Bletchley Circle which saw Second World War codebreakers reunite in the 1950s to hunt a serial killer.

Rundle starred as Vicky in Bodyguard and as Alice Sharrow in historical drama series Jamestown.

Her most iconic role remains as Ada Shelby in gangster series Peaky Blinders.

Gemma Whelan as Marian Lister

Whelan plays Anne’s sister in the show and will be returning for a second season.

Marian stayed at Shibden Hall for a couple of years after Anne got married, so she will likely be a part of many of the conversations in the hall.

Whelan is known for playing Yara Greyjoy, leader of the Ironborn in Game of Thrones.

She has also had big roles in White House Farm, Upstart Crow and Killing Eve.

Gemma Jones as Aunt Anne Lister

Jones is returning as Anne Lister’s aunt, a sensitive woman who cares deeply about her niece.

In the second season, Aunt Lister will continue to struggle with her own health problems as she tries to keep an eye on Anne and ensure she is protected from her community.

Jones has starred as Connie James in Spooks and as Minnie in Finding Alice.

She has also appeared in several films including as Madam Pomfrey in the Harry Potter series and as the mum in the Bridget Jones films.

Joanna Scanlan as Isabella ‘Tib’ Norcliffe.

Joanna Scanlan enters the cast as Anne Lister’s former lover

Scanlan is a newcomer this season, and will play one of Lister’s former lovers.

No doubt she will be a source of friction in the second season as Anne and Ann’s love is put to the test.

Scanlan has previously played civil servant Terri Coverley in The Thick of It and Mrs. Klebb in comedy series Big School.

She recently played Ma Larkin in  The Darling Buds of May adaptation, The Larkins, opposite Bradley Walsh.

Timothy West as Jeremy Lister

West returns as American vet and father to Anne, Jeremy Lister.

While not quite accepting of Anne’s lifestyle, West does seem to enjoy the drama that it brings.

In season two, as Halifax appears to be edging towards revolution and reform, Jeremy, who has known revolution himself may become involved.

Is there a trailer?

Yes there is, and you can watch it at the top of this page.

The trailer sees Anne Lister return to Shibden Hall, and it seems there’s no end to the fourth wall breaking style of storytelling either.

The conflict between Anne, her wife, and the ‘other women’ from her life is made clear.

Forces from Anne’s community are also making plans to push back against her and her lifestyle that is out of step with 19th century society.