STARRING: Suranne Jones
“Are you a man?” a boy asks Anne Lister (Jones) in this new eight-part period drama. “No,” she answers carefully. “I am not a man. I am a lady.” But Miss Lister would have it otherwise. An unmarried woman in Halifax, England, in the 1830s, she cuts a strikingly masculine figure in her black walking clothes. She runs her property – having deemed Papa incompetent – while hunting for a wife. This true story of sexual politics and gender identity charges along with brisk intelligence. It’s a period piece for now.