Inside Soak (UK)
11 June 2019

GENTLEMAN JACK | BBC1 SUNDAY

WE KNEW WE WERE IN SAFE hands with Sally Wainwright writing and directing, and Suranne Jones in the starring role, but we’ve still been blown away by how good this is. It’s not your average period drama – it’s self-aware, riotously paced and doesn’t shy away from sex – though, crucially, the scenes between Anne Lister and her lover Ann Walker aren’t salacious at all. It’s also so refreshing to see a show set in this era that puts a woman at the forefront and gives her power and agency. Sure, there’s talk of a ‘suitable’ marriage, but not how you’re used to seeing it play out…