FROM THE VAULTS: Me and Anne Lister

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Author, historian and “Lister Sister” Anne Choma discusses the impact of Gentleman Jack on her life – and ours BY ANNE CHOMA It’s been 12 months now since Gentleman Jack first aired on British and American TV, catapulting the extraordinary life of Regency diarist and lesbian Anne Lister into the global mainstream. When I cast [….]

Happy Birthday, Anne Lister 🎂

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Carrie Lyell visits Shibden Hall to learn about Anne Lister and meet the cast and crew of new BBC drama, Gentleman Jack BY CARRIE LYELL, IMAGE BY JAY BROOKS I’m on my way from Edinburgh to Halifax, staring out the window at the rolling green hills of West Yorkshire. Though we’re still a good half [….]

Jack the lass: Thanking Helena Whitbread

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“Before Sally Wainwright, Helena Whitbread spent some 35 years painstakingly transcribing the diaries of Anne Lister” BY CLARA BARLEY, IMAGE HELENA WHITBREAD AND CLARA BARLEY. Halifax has seen a host of events this year about the now infamous Anne Lister, aka Gentleman Jack. But before Sally Wainwright catapulted her onto TV screens on both sides [….]

Here’s what Suranne Jones really thinks about straight actors playing LGBTQI+ characters

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The Gentleman Jack star speaks exclusively to DIVA Box Office about her role as Anne Lister WORDS: ROXY BOURDILLON, PHOTOS: BBC/LOOKOUT POINT/MATT SQUIRE There’s a lot of discussion right now about straight actors playing LGBTQI+ characters. The matter of representation is undoubtedly an important one, especially for us as queer people, who have often been [….]

DIVA meets the cast and crew of Gentleman Jack

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Carrie Lyell heads to Shibden Hall to learn about Anne Lister and chat to the team behind the brand new BBC drama IMAGE CREDIT: LOOKOUT POINT, PHOTOGRAPHER: JAY BROOKS I’m on my way from Edinburgh to Halifax, staring out of the window at the rolling green hills of West Yorkshire. Though we’re still a good [….]