Top BBC drama to film in York this week

A view looking towards Minster Court
23 Nov 2020 @ 6.17 pm
| Entertainment

Filming of hit BBC drama about celebrated Yorkshirewoman Anne Lister is due to place in York again this week.

Scenes for the next series of Gentleman Jack will, we understand, be filmed again around York Minster.

The Little Green Rascals Day Nursery has warned parents that access by car won’t be possible after 8:30am on Wednesday (25 November) but it should be all clear by the time parents return to pick them up.

They said on Facebook that they are looking forward to seeing the horses and the period costumes again.

In November 2018, Suranne Jones – who stars as unconventional landowner Anne Lister – and many others filmed scenes for the drama between Treasurer’s House and the Deanery next to Minster.

Two horse-drawn carriages and a single rider were part of the action.

They later shot scenes at Holy Trinity Church on Goodramgate. This was the church where Anne Lister and her lover Ann Walker took communion together in 1834, which they considered a marriage ceremony.

Happy to be back

Suranne Jones looks very distinctive as Anne Lister, aka Gentleman Jack when she was last in York filming
Photo – YorkMix

Filming for series two of Gentleman Jack began in Halifax on 9 November.

The award-winning drama, made by Lookout Point productions for the BBC and HBO, is being shot “in accordance with all current government guidelines”.

Series two will again use the real life diaries of Anne Lister – part of which were written in code – as its source, with every part of Lister’s story based in historical fact and the five million words she wrote in her journals.

Suranne Jones said: “I’m so happy to be back in beautiful Yorkshire, back with my favourite team, back with Sophie and this amazing cast and of course I’m so honoured to be returning as Anne Lister. Sally’s scripts are detailed and wonderfully human as ever.”

It should be good for the profile of the city once again as David Dunning discovered last year in this video after Holy Trinity Church featured in the show.

Hopefully by the time the next series goes out Covid 19 restrictions will have been eased and York can welcome Gentleman Jack fans back to see the various locations used now and in previous episodes.

Series 2 was delayed by the Covid19 pandemic so it will be at least 2021 before we can catch up with the drama created by Sally Wainwright (Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley).

The plot centres on Yorkshire in 1834.

All eyes are on Anne Lister and Ann Walker as they set up home together at Shibden Hall as wife and wife, determined to combine their estates and become a power couple.

Anne Lister’s entrepreneurial spirit frightens the locals as much as her unconventional love life and, with Halifax on the brink of revolution, her refusal to keep a low profile becomes provocative and dangerous.